In this Issue:
  • Get an Early Start on Spring Veggies
  • Protect Tender Vegetables From Coming Freezing Temperatures
  • Thinning Vegetable Seedlings
  • Preparing Your Vegetable Garden
  • Growing a Fall Garden in Escambia County
  • Fall into Vegetable Gardening Series
  • Vegetable Crops for Fall Color
  • Protecting Vegetables from the Heat
  • Dog Days of Summer – A Good Time to Plan for Fall
  • Florida Betony: Both Edible Native and Weed
  • Vegetable Gardening

    Get an Early Start on Spring Veggies

      Growing spring vegetables in northwest Florida can be challenging!  Sometimes failures seem more numerous than successes.  Extreme cold events in the winter and blistering hot summer days make it tough on vegetables.  One suggestion is to get the garden started earlier than usual! The climate in northwest Florida challenges the gardener due to very high insect pest pressure …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/01/27/get-an-early-start-on-spring-veggies/

    Protect Tender Vegetables From Coming Freezing Temperatures

    Northwest Florida homeowners enjoy growing their own vegetables every fall, but are faced with cold weather issues, especially during the first few days of December. For example, most cole crops can be planted until November, but they must be protected from the cold weather or they will need to be replaced. A good variety of cold tolerant …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/11/17/protect-tender-vegetables-from-coming-freezing-temperatures/

    Thinning Vegetable Seedlings

    Some vegetables and herbs like lettuce, carrots, collards, basil, and radish have very small seeds. It is difficult to plant these seeds so there is space between emerging plants for proper development. These plants will often need thinning after they mature. Thinning allows for adequate space for leaf and root development during the growing season.  Crowded …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/09/30/thinning-vegetable-seedlings-2/

    Preparing Your Vegetable Garden

    Healthful outdoor exercise, a feeling of accomplishment, and potential saving on the family food bill are good reasons why more and more Floridians are turning to home vegetable gardening. Usually, the most physically challenging part of a vegetable gardening project is to get the soil ready for planting.  However, whatever you do, don’t give in to the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/09/23/preparing-your-vegetable-garden/

    Growing a Fall Garden in Escambia County

    A hands-on workshop will be offered for novice gardeners to learn the basics of Fall and Winter vegetable gardening. The entire class will be outside utilizing raised beds and in ground planting areas. Participants will be learning about soil preparation, seeding and transplanting techniques, vegetable thinning, and general care until harvest. Class size is limited …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/09/02/growing-a-fall-garden-in-escambia-county/

    Fall into Vegetable Gardening Series

    Need some advice to get started with a fall garden?  The horticulture agents of the Northwest Extension District are pleased to present an interactive video series for the beginning gardener. The schedule is as follows: September 9th – Starting a Home Vegetable Garden: Expectations, planning and site preparation September 16th – Starting a Home Vegetable Garden: Tips …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/09/02/fall-into-vegetable-gardening-series/

    Vegetable Crops for Fall Color

    Color can make a landscape.  Color highlights features of the landscape and draws the eye as a focal point itself.  Spring color is dominated by lush new green growth, Summer brings on flowers of all kind, and fall brings the spectacular show of foliage. Fall and winter vegetable crops for the panhandle of Florida bring …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/08/12/vegetable-crops-for-fall-color/

    Protecting Vegetables from the Heat

    In fall, many Florida homeowners enjoy growing their own vegetables but are faced with late summer heat issues. This happens during the first few days of August here in north Florida. Most cole crops are recommended to be planted for the fall as early as August 1, but they must be protected from the hot …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/08/12/protecting-vegetables-from-the-heat/

    Dog Days of Summer – A Good Time to Plan for Fall

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    The “Dog Days” are the hottest, muggiest days of summer. In the northern hemisphere, they usually fall between early July and early September. The actual dates vary greatly from region to region, depending on latitude and climate.   In ancient times, when the night sky was un-obscured by artificial lights, the Romans used the stars …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/07/28/dog-days-of-summer-a-good-time-to-plan-for-fall/

    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/

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