Tag Archive: Growing

Keys to Growing Tomatoes in Florida

Florida farmers produce more fresh tomatoes than any other state. Yet Florida home gardeners find it difficult to grow tomatoes. By changing a few basic practices, home gardeners can increase their chances of success. My philosophy of growing tomatoes in Florida (mixed with science) is outlined below. First, I choose mostly determinate varieties that have …

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Check Serpentine Belts this Winter to Prevent Growing Season Breakdowns

Photo- Les Harrison Serpentine belts are a critical component in connection of the cooling system, air conditioning system, charging system, and engine. This belt, which snakes around the outside of the engine, serves a crucial role in functional operations of many types of motorized farm equipment.  The serpentine belt transmits power effectively and efficiently from …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/01/28/check-serpentine-belts-this-winter-to-prevent-growing-season-breakdowns/

When It’s All Said and Done – Lessons Learned from the 2016 Peanut Growing Season

Professor Barry Tillman (left) helping to examine peanut quality at the NFREC in Marianna, Florida. Photo: Tyler Jones. As the saying goes, “hind-sight is 20-20.”   As I’m writing this, peering through my bifocals, I wish my vision was still 20-20.  But that’s another topic.  As peanut harvest comes to a close, it’s often a good …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/10/28/when-its-all-said-and-done-lessons-learned-from-the-2016-peanut-growing-season/

Growing Ginger Root in North Florida

Freshly harvested ginger rhizomes. Photo by Molly Jameson. Fall is finally here and we are beginning to enjoy our first few bursts of cold air coming in from the northwest. For many, this inspires us to prepare dishes with all of our favorite seasonal spices – nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger come to mind. While …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/10/27/growing-ginger-root-in-north-florida/

Growing Hops in the Panhandle

When one thinks of hops, one most likely thinks first of beer. The brewing of beer, and especially its subsequent consumption, are likely to eclipse thoughts of any other part of the process that brings such a tasty beverage to the table.  There’s considerably more to the craft than just the end result. It takes …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/09/09/growing-hops-in-the-panhandle/

Fungicide Considerations for the Mid-point of the Peanut Growing Season

Most of the peanuts are close to lapping in Santa Rosa County. Photo Credit John Atkins Mid July is the time of year where, for most of us, we are at the mid-point in our peanut production season. The peanut plants, if not already lapped, are at a point where the canopy traps humidity and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/07/22/fungicide-considerations-for-the-mid-point-of-the-peanut-growing-season/

Collegiate 4-H: Growing #TrueLeaders Beyond High School

Did you know that you can extend your 4-H experience through your college years?  If you plan on attending college consider joining Collegiate 4-H.   Collegiate 4-H is an organization that provides its members with a sense of identity on campus, enriches their lives through group projects and recreation, and develops confidence and leadership skills. At …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/05/27/collegiate-4-h-growing-trueleaders-beyond-high-school/

4-H Alumni Growing the Next Generation of #TrueLeaders

“First you are a part of it, then it becomes a part of you.” What better way to describe that inside “IT” factor that drives our 4-H Alumni to continue supporting our programming in order “To Make the Best Better.” In the case of the Walton County Cherokee Riders Horse Club, they are doubly blessed …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/05/06/4-h-alumni-growing-the-next-generation-of-trueleaders/

Growing Independence Through 4-H Clubs

Today is our final post for this year’s National Volunteer Week Celebration.  We’ve heard from several different types of volunteers- project club leaders, school volunteers, gardening volunteers and SPIN club volunteers.  Today we will hear from Mrs. Linda Jones, a Gadsden County 4-H Community Club Volunteer.  After retiring from a career of teaching, Mrs. Jones stopped …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/15/growing-independence-through-4-h-clubs/

Growing 4-H in Schools

Students in Mrs. Peacocks 5th grade science class explored the Laws of Motion during 4-H National Science Day. It’s day two of National Volunteer Week, and today our 4-H volunteer spotlight is on Mrs. Kim Peacock. Kim is a 5th grade science teacher at Blountstown Elementary School in Calhoun County.  Recently I had the opportunity …

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