In this Issue:
  • Florida Betony: Both Edible Native and Weed
  • Soybeans: A Surprise Vegetable
  • Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus
  • Vacation Care for Plants
  • Vegetable Garden Disease and Pest Controls
  • Gardening in Containers
  • Watch Out For Tomato Problems
  • Consider Growing Vegetables in a Container
  • Growing sweet corn in the backyard garden
  • Tomatoes at Twilight
  • Vegetable Gardening

    Florida Betony: Both Edible Native and Weed

    Florida betony foliage & flowers Photo Credits: UF/IFAS Extension

    Florida Betony (Stachys floridana), commonly called rattlesnake weed, is a Florida native plant. It’s thought to have been confined to Florida until it was moved to other Southeastern states during the 1940s or 1950s in nursery containers. It is now found from Texas to North Carolina. Its square stems are characteristic of the mint family …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/07/15/florida-betony-both-edible-native-and-weed/

    Soybeans: A Surprise Vegetable

    I am sure you are familiar with soybeans, but probably not in the way we’ll describe it.  If you frequently visit health food stores, or the health food section of your supermarket, you’re bound to have seen this vegetable in its dried form.  It’s a substitute for meat in many dishes, and it’s used to …

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    Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus

    tomato spotted wilt on leaves
Photo Credits: IFAS

    The spotted wilt virus has a wide host range and can affect tomatoes, peppers, plus many other vegetables and ornamental plants. Early symptoms of spotted wilt on tomato are difficult to diagnose. Young, infected plants may show an inward cupping of leaves, and the foliage may appear light color or have a slight bronze cast. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/07/01/tomato-spotted-wilt-virus/

    Vacation Care for Plants

    Summertime is vacation time for people, not plants! While getting ready for that long awaited trip, it’s easy to forget about your lawn, landscape, vegetable garden and house plants. A little time spent preparing your leafy friends for your absence could save you needless worry and hours of extra work when you get back. A …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/06/23/vacation-care-for-plants/

    Vegetable Garden Disease and Pest Controls

    During this growing season monitor your plants and keep them healthy as a healthy plant will be able to better survive an invader attack. Nematode populations can be reduced temporarily by soil solarization. It is a technique that uses the sun’s heat to kill the soil-borne pests. Adding organic matter to the soil will help …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/06/03/vegetable-garden-disease-and-pest-controls/

    Gardening in Containers

    In a world of limited time and space, container gardens seem to make more and more sense. Poor soil and no place to put plants in the ground are no longer good excuses for not being able to enjoy the simple pleasures of gardening. Container gardening allows the individual to create gardens to fit any …

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    Watch Out For Tomato Problems

    One of the most common tomato problem home gardeners encounter in the late spring and early summer is blossom end rot. The good news is that blossom end rot can be prevented with the use of drip irrigation and adequate fertilization.  Since tomatoes need a consistent supply of water to prevent blossom end rot, drip …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/05/20/watch-out-for-tomato-problems/

    Consider Growing Vegetables in a Container

    Five Gallon Container Plants
Credits: Eddie Powell

    GARDENING IN A BUCKET: Grow wholesome, healthy vegetables in a container with this plan. Materials 5 Gallon plastic buckets 40 pound sacks of Potting soil 40 pound sacks of compost garden trowels or shovels wheel barrow or other large mixing container controlled release fertilizer packs of vegetable seeds   Recommended: All Herbs, Tomato, Cucumber, Squash, …

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    Growing sweet corn in the backyard garden

    Corn Field. Image Credit Matthew Orwat

    Sweet corn is a favorite among home gardeners. As long as the space is available, it’s not difficult to grow. Corn is a new world native crop, with archaeological evidence suggesting that it was first domesticated in Mexico. This crop was the basis of the Mayan, Incan and Aztec civilizations, and by the time European …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/04/21/growing-sweet-corn-in-the-backyard-garden/

    Tomatoes at Twilight

    Currently, there is an heirloom tomato variety trial being conducted in a high tunnel structure at the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center.  Seven heirloom tomato varieties are being evaluated, along with one hybrid variety, for early season high tunnel production in the western panhandle of Florida.  Now is a chance for vegetable producers and tomato …

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