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Category: Health & Nutrition

Keep Children Active at Home

I’m bored, there’s nothing to do, I’m bored, there’s nothing to do, I’m so so so bored! How often have parents and caretakers have heard this over the last 2 weeks? I’m sure it’s enough… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — No Backyard for a Garden???

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Growing your own food, both vegetables and herbs, can be challenging if you do not have enough space in the backyard for a garden or you don’t have a backyard at all. Don’t give up… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Soil Testing; pH and Nutrients

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It is always good to know if you have sufficient nutrients in the soil and if the soil will allow your vegetable plants to take up those nutrients. This is a simple test and should… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Irrigation and Fertilizer (Getting a Little Technical)

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This topic is very critical to the productivity of your new vegetable garden. Water and fertilizer are closely linked. Without water, nutrients (fertilizer) will not be made available to your plants. Without nutrients, water, and… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Plan Your Garden

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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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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