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New Vegetable Gardener — Cool Season Vegetable Gardening in Central Florida

cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, green onions

This is the second vegetable garden season of the year. It is the longest vegetable gardening season with almost five months of growing the easiest vegetables you will enjoy. It will be cooler. It will have fewer insect… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Square Foot Gardening

cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, green onions

You want to have a vegetable garden but the back yard is too small or there is no back yard and very limited space elsewhere in the landscape. What can you do? Maybe consider installing a Square Foot… Read More

Are My Black Eyed Peas Ripe?

Black eyed peas

If you look at the Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide you will see that southern peas are one of the heat tolerant vegetables that can be planted in June, July, and August. Black eyed peas are one type of southern… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Compost and Composting

cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, green onions

Compost Happens! Compost is the result of natural decomposition of organic matter. Take a walk in the woods and turn over a pile of leaves. That dark “earthy” material that has no unpleasant smell and doesn’t look anything… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Gardening with Kids

cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, green onions

When did your love of gardening begin? It was probably when you were a kid and a parent or grandparent shared their love of gardening with you. Vegetable gardens offer numerous benefits to a kid. Vegetable gardening can… Read More

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

cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, green onions

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 on the thought… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Organic Practices in the Backyard Vegetable Garden

cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, green onions

When a group of backyard gardeners get together and talk about the organic practices they use in the vegetable gardens, you will often hear information that is confusing, such as I don’t use chemicals in my garden, I… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Gardening with Fewer Pesticides – Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, green onions

Pesticides are greatly misunderstood by many and incorrectly used by some. Do we need to use pesticides at all in the vegetable garden? I know many of you just jumped on this question with a resounding “NO!” You… Read More

Key Considerations for Achieving Gardening Goals

This gardening guide will help you to achieve your gardening goals! Determine your goals as a grower Feed yourself or family? Feed others? Make money and grow business? Businesses should consult the Florida Direct Marketing Guide. Based on… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Soil Testing; pH and Nutrients

cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, green onions

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 be performed once… Read More