In this Issue:
  • 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
  • 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
  • Vegetable Gardening

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

    Canis-Major-and-Orion

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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