In this Issue:
  • The Visual and Delectable Appeal of an Edible Landscape
  • Lack of Winter Chill a Problem for Fruit
  • Growing Ginger Root in North Florida
  • Daylilies
  • Panhandle Vegetable Gardeners Seeking the “Organic” Option
  • Multiple Uses for Mint
  • The Fig
  • Peppers Get Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus Too!
  • ‘Tis the Season for U-Pick Blueberries!
  • Caterpillars in the Vegetable Garden
  • Edible Landscape

    The Visual and Delectable Appeal of an Edible Landscape

    Edible landscaping has become a trend for many gardening enthusiasts. A combination of edible plants along with traditional ornamentals can create an artful presentation. There are some challenges when designing such a landscape, but in those challenges opportunities’ may be found. One of the most difficult challenges is making sure your garden or landscape is healthy …

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    Lack of Winter Chill a Problem for Fruit

    Many of us are enjoying warmer temperatures this winter, but many deciduous fruit crops really need cold temperatures in order to break dormancy for the year.  In areas that experience cold temperatures, plants have evolved the ability to survive by slowing growth and protecting sensitive tissues by going dormant.  In order to break out of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/02/14/lack-of-winter-chill-a-problem-for-fruit/

    Growing Ginger Root in North Florida

    Fall is finally here and we are beginning to enjoy our first few bursts of cold air coming in from the northwest. For many, this inspires us to prepare dishes with all of our favorite seasonal spices – nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger come to mind. While all of these spices can be grown, did …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/10/26/growing-ginger-root-in-north-florida/

    Daylilies

    The daylily is a popular flowering perennial with East Asian origins which has adapted well to Florida landscapes. Plants are available in a wide variety of growth habits, flower shapes and colors, including yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, near-white and shades and combinations of all of these. Flowering starts in March for early-season bloomers with …

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    Panhandle Vegetable Gardeners Seeking the “Organic” Option

    Being a gardener in the panhandle has its advantages. We’re able to grow a tremendous variety of vegetables on a year-round basis. However, in this climate, plant diseases, insects and weeds can often thrive. Usually, chemical measures are applied to thwart these pests. Some panhandle gardeners are now searching for techniques regarding a more natural …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/08/19/panhandle-vegetable-gardeners-seeking-the-organic-option/

    Multiple Uses for Mint

    Mint is very easy to grow in the right place, sometimes a little bit too easily.   It’s reputation for being aggressive is well deserved. As with any other plant you use in your landscape, you need to be sure you have the right plant for the right place and there just might be such a spot …

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    The Fig

    Summer is full of simple pleasures—afternoon rainstorms, living in flip flops, and cooling off in a backyard pool. Among these, one of my favorites is walking out my door and picking handfuls of figs right from the tree. Before we planted our tree, my only prior experience with the fruit was a Fig Newton—I’d never …

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    Peppers Get Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus Too!

    Peppers and tomatoes are in the same plant family – solanaceae or more commonly known as the nightshade family – and can be susceptible to some of the same diseases. This is true of Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV). The solanaceae family includes potatoes, eggplant, tobacco, petunia, tomatillo and deadly nightshade in addition to pepper …

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    ‘Tis the Season for U-Pick Blueberries!

    There is something almost magical about picking vibrantly blue blueberries off a bush and eating them fresh. If you watch the blueberries develop, you see them go from shades of pale green and blush red to dark and puffy and bright blue. When a blueberry is ready – you know it! Blueberries are one of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/06/08/tis-the-season-for-u-pick-blueberries/

    Caterpillars in the Vegetable Garden

    In the last few weeks, more garden pests have arrived! It is a fact of life in northwest Florida that we will have a few things in our garden including heat, moisture (humidity and rainfall), and BUGS! With a cooler spring the arrival of some of the troublesome pests in the garden seemed to be delayed …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/05/17/caterpillars-in-the-vegetable-garden/

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