In this Issue:
  • Tomatoes at Twilight
  • Why Fertilize Your Vegetable Garden Soils?
  • Organic Gardening Starts With The Soil
  • Garden Catalogs
  • Youth Gardening Grows Across the Country
  • Soil Temperatures for Vegetable Seed Germination
  • Growing Potatoes in Your Florida Garden
  • Winter in the Vegetable Garden
  • Thinning Vegetable Seedlings
  • Winterizing Garden Tools
  • Vegetable Gardening

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/04/08/tomatoes-at-twilight/

    Why Fertilize Your Vegetable Garden Soils?

    Soil Sampling may save you time and money!

    As spring approaches, many Florida homeowners are gearing up to grow their own vegetables. The most frequently asked question this time of year is, “why do I need to fertilize my soil?” The answer is simple – – not all nutrients are present in the right amounts to support good plant health. North Florida is …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/04/01/why-fertilize-your-vegetable-garden-soils/

    Organic Gardening Starts With The Soil

    What does it mean to grow gardens organically?  It depends upon who you talk to.  The simple answer is that organic gardeners only use animal or plant-based fertilizers rather than synthetic.  It also means use of natural pest control devoid of synthetically manufactured insecticides. In other words, using natural substances and beneficial insects to ward off pests instead of spraying with the backyard …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/03/25/organic-gardening-options/

    Garden Catalogs

    Thursday night’s temperatures have confirmed the winter of 2014 is not over.  This year’s cold days and freezing nights have taken a toll on power bills, auto batteries, and the mosquitoes. Still there is indication that spring will soon be coming.  The most tangible evidence is arriving in north Florida mailboxes almost daily.  Garden catalogs …

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    Youth Gardening Grows Across the Country

    Backyard gardens have increased in popularity the last few years, with record calls to Extension offices statewide on how to grow tomatoes and preserve produce.  Along with the boom in home gardening, schools have steadily added gardens to their campuses. There are countless benefits to including children in growing their own food. Personal experience and …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/02/18/youth-gardening-grows-across-the-country/

    Soil Temperatures for Vegetable Seed Germination

      Every winter, many Florida homeowners enjoy growing their own vegetable plants.  It is definitely cheaper to buy vegetable seeds than vegetable transplants, and some vegetables grow better when direct seeded. One factor to take into consideration when planning a vegetable garden is that each vegetable has a different germination response to temperature.  Some seeds …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/01/27/soil-temperatures-for-vegetable-seed-germination/

    Growing Potatoes in Your Florida Garden

    The time to plant potatoes is now! Potatoes are a good way to usher in the growing season of your home garden. They are easy to grow and their harvesting date doesn’t coincide with many other vegetables. In North Florida you can plan to put in your potatoes around the end of January through February. …

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    Winter in the Vegetable Garden

    broccoli

    In the Florida panhandle, we are fortunate to be able to grow crops throughout the year. The key is to know what to plant at the various times of the year. Vegetables that can be planted now include beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, collards, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, green onions, English peas, radish and turnips. For …

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    Thinning Vegetable Seedlings

    For best root development, thin carrots to 2-3 inches between each plant.

    Many common cool season vegetable garden plants are started in raised beds by direct planting of seeds. It is important to follow the guidelines in the ‘Monthly Vegetable Planting Guide’ (Page 6) for plant spacing and seed depth.  It is possible to thin out seedlings that are growing too close, but seeds that are planted at the …

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    Winterizing Garden Tools

    Garden Tools. Photo courtesy: UF/IFAS Gardening Solutions

    Due to a lack of snow, Florida’s winter landscape chores are relatively uncomplicated. However, that doesn’t mean they’re unimportant. As the growing season comes to a close and gardeners mow, snip and spade for the final time, it’s time to consider proper cleaning and storage of all that equipment. A little preventative maintenance can avoid …

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