In this Issue:
  • Add Potatoes to Your Florida Garden
  • Pollination of Vegetable Crops – Maximize Your Crop’s Potential
  • Spring Vegetable Garden Preparation
  • Leon County Extension Launches “Adopt-a-Garden” Volunteer Program
  • Harvesting Tips for Extending Your Fall Vegetable Garden
  • Radish: A Quick Producing Winter Vegetable
  • Cold Protection for the Winter Garden
  • 2015: International Year of Soils
  • Time to Plant Strawberries
  • Crop Rotation in the Garden
  • Vegetable Gardening

    Add Potatoes to Your Florida Garden

    A common misconception is that all potatoes come from the Midwest. However, select Irish potato varieties are produced commercially in Florida on over 20,000 acres. Potatoes can also be grown in Florida home gardens if care is taken to select the correct type and recognize proper timing. Potatoes are a cool season crop and the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/02/03/add-potatoes-to-your-florida-garden/

    Pollination of Vegetable Crops – Maximize Your Crop’s Potential

    It won’t be long until row crops and vegetable gardens are planted and thriving once again next spring. A sometimes taken for granted, yet critical element of any prosperous crop is successful pollination. Most of us know what “text book” pollination means, but did you know in cucurbit plants, (squash, melon, pumpkin) at least 1,000 …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/02/03/pollination-of-vegetable-crops-maximize-your-crops-potential/

    Spring Vegetable Garden Preparation

    It is cold right now…at least it is this week. Even though the winters in northwest Florida do not have consistent cold temperatures, it is not warm enough to grow warm season vegetables all year around. The cold spells come and go but will soon be gone and spring will have sprung. With spring comes birds …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/01/20/spring-vegetable-garden-preparation/

    Leon County Extension Launches “Adopt-a-Garden” Volunteer Program

    Have you ever been interested in volunteering at a school or community garden? Are you involved with a garden that could use some help? Well, UF/IFAS Leon County Extension recently started an Adopt-a-Garden program for volunteers to “adopt” a school or community garden for volunteer credit. Volunteers can teach hands-on gardening techniques, conduct educational talks …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/01/13/leon-county-extension-launches-adopt-a-garden-volunteer-program/

    Harvesting Tips for Extending Your Fall Vegetable Garden

        In North Florida, December can mark the peak in fall vegetable gardening. Early lettuce varieties are beginning to head and your later varieties are coming on strong. Radishes are starting to erupt out of the ground, and leafy greens are producing big beautiful leaves. But did you know that simple changes in how …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/11/24/harvesting-tips-for-extending-your-fall-vegetable-garden/

    Radish: A Quick Producing Winter Vegetable

    Floridians are lucky, in that they are able to grow many vegetables throughout the winter months. If a fast growing, quick producing vegetable is desired, nothing is faster than a radish. Radishes can develop from seed to mature root in 20-30 days, and can be planted any time between September and March. The cooler months of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/11/13/radish-a-quick-producing-winter-vegetable/

    Cold Protection for the Winter Garden

    While most of Florida does not have to worry about freezing winter weather, the Florida Panhandle is certainly an exception. North Florida experiences a few hard freezes – temperatures less than 28°F for over five hours – every year. Although most of our cold weather occurs in January and February, we can expect our first …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/11/04/cold-protection-for-the-winter-garden/

    2015: International Year of Soils

    Dirt, earth, humus, terra firma, soil—no matter what you call it, the ground below us is one of the most important substances on, well, Earth. As children, most of us stomped in mud puddles, dug holes, and played in sand boxes—the tactile experience of moving dirt around seems to appeal to humans innately. Just last …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/10/28/2015-international-year-of-soils/

    Time to Plant Strawberries

    It’s time to bed up some earth and plant strawberries! That right! Fall is the proper time to set out strawberry plants for a spring harvest. It is a common misconception that strawberries should be planted in the spring in the home garden. If planted in spring, such poor timing will result in a very reduced delicious strawberry …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/10/14/time-to-plant-strawberries/

    Crop Rotation in the Garden

    The kids are back to school and you know what that means – everyone in the house will soon come down with the sniffles and a sore throat. But what if when the kids came home, Jack went straight to his room, Susie to her room, Dad went to work in the garage, and Mom …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/10/06/crop-rotation-in-the-garden/

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