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Ponder the Antiquity of Fruits and Vegetables

The modern carrot is available in many sizes, colors, and flavor profiles thanks to thousands of years of plant breeding. Photo by Kelly Thomas. Fruits and vegetables have undergone various forms of domestication for thousands of years. Throughout this time, selective breeding of wild forages has allowed humans to develop crops with many desirable traits, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/12/ponder-the-antiquity-of-fruits-and-vegetables/

Roasting Seasonal Vegetables

Looking for a colorful and fresh side dish? Then you should try roasting your vegetables! Roasted vegetables are quick, easy, and flavorful. When roasted, vegetables become brown and crisp on the outside, making their natural sugars caramelize. This caramelization process makes the vegetables sweet and full of flavor.  An added bonus of roasting your vegetables …

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When Do Winter Vegetables Require Frost Protection ?

In Northwest Florida gardeners are fortunate since it is possible to grow ample supplies of vegetables throughout the winter months. While the Florida Panhandle does receive the occasional hard freeze, many winter vegetables such as radish, onion, lettuce, carrot and the various cole crops, can easily withstand mild freezes. When a hard freeze occurs, defined by temperatures that …

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Alabama Pest Report: Controlling Caterpillars in Vegetables

Ayanava Majumdar (Dr. A), Alabama Extension Entomologist Source:  Alabama IPM Communicator Newsletter Drought-like conditions is favoring plant-stress and a high incidence of caterpillars on vegetable crops. Insects undergo a rapid life cycle in hot conditions – this can be worse in protected structures with the humidity plus heat. There are several armyworm species active now. We …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/06/17/alabama-pest-report-controlling-caterpillars-in-vegetables/

Beware of the Upcoming Heat – Drought Stress in Vegetables

As the season begins to heat up you may start noticing blossom-end rot (BER), especially in tomatoes. BER can be a serious drag on total yield with up to 30% total loss. It happens every year, usually the second week of May, but this year it looks like it may be next week. We are …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/22/beware-of-the-upcoming-heat-drought-stress-in-vegetables/

Are You Sure You Need That Gypsum? Calcium Induced Deficiencies in Vegetables

Figure 2. This cantaloupe field displayed symptoms initially thought to be disease related. Upon further investigation, however, it was determined that severe magnesium and potassium deficiencies were the problem, and resulted in significant crop loss. Photo by Josh Freeman By Josh Freeman (University of Florida, IFAS Extension, Assistant Professor, Horticultural Science) and Mark Reiter (Associate …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/07/11/are-you-sure-you-need-that-gypsum-calcium-induced-deficiencies-in-vegetables/

Are Grafted Vegetables for You?

Figure 1. Commercially produced grafted tomato plant. Photo by Josh Freeman If you’ve grown fruit trees your likely familiar with the process of grafting. Grafting is the physical combination of a scion, the top of the plant, with a rootstock, bottom of the plant, of two different varieties or even different plant species. This is …

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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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Protect Vegetables from the Cold

Image Credit : Eddie Powell 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. …

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Protect Vegetables from the Cold

Image Credit:  Eddie Powell Image Credit: Eddie Powell Every fall gardening season, Florida homeowners enjoy growing their own vegetables but are faced with cold weather issues. As early as November 1, a chance of frost is possible in Northwest Florida. Most Cole Crops can be planted until November, but they must be protected from the cold weather …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/10/21/protect-vegetables-from-the-cold/

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