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Category: Health & Nutrition

New Vegetable Gardener — Plan Your Garden

cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, green onions

Just what do I mean by “Plan Your Garden”? We already talked about the amount of sunshine needed, close to a water source and away from trees. What more do you need to plant seeds… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Florida Soil Needs Help

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So far we have discussed the need for a new calendar for growing vegetables, answered the question if reclaimed water was safe to use in the vegetable garden, how to grow seeds into transplants, why… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Growing Vegetables from Seeds or Transplants

cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, green onions

It is a lot of fun to grow vegetables from seeds, and reasonably cost effective. A packet of tomato seeds may cost $2.49 (plus shipping) and you will have about 15-20 seeds in a packet. If… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Why You Should Plant Your Own Vegetables?

cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, green onions

Usually when I ask for answers to this question, I hear that there isn’t enough time or space to grow my own vegetables. But with the current “Stay at Home” order to aid in social distancing,… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Where Should You Put Your Garden?

cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, green onions

Vegetables grow best in full sun (at least 5-6 hours a day). The garden should be near a water source so you can maintain a moderately moist growing media (potting mix, soil or compost) throughout… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Growing Vegetables in Central Florida

cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, green onions

Understanding the vegetable garden seasons in Central Florida will save you a lot of frustration. You should download and read the Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide (https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/VH/VH02100.pdf) for a complete understanding about what to plant (pages… Read More

COVID-19 Stress: Maintaining a Healthy Home Environment

Is your family struggling with Coronavirus uncertainties that are causing high levels of stress?  Are your kids at home due to mandatory school closures? To reduce stress levels during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local… Read More