Monday, December 29, 2014

A Different Kind of Holiday Greeting

We received a wonderful email from a gentleman who has called us many times with questions over the years about growing vegetables here in South Florida.


Best wishes to everyone at IFAS for a great holiday season and a happy new year. Thanks to you and your colleagues for helping me to a great gardening season. The nematodes appear to be under control and we are enjoying beans, several kinds of lettuce, radishes in a rainbow of colors, herbs and cucumbers. Yet to harvest are kohlrabi, cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, eggplant, tomatoes,peas and bok choy. Using rain water from our rain barrel! 


Fall and winter is our time to grow backyard vegetables and our commercial fields feed the US in the winter. And it is not too late to get started, in fact creating a backyard vegetable garden is an excellent New Years project along with saving water, creating a Florida-Friendly Landscape, eating healthy and fresh...... just call us here at the UF/IFAS Miami Dade County Extension and we'll help you grow a beautiful garden just like Ron's.

Enjoy Ron's  mouth watering garden photos and visit our webpage for tips on raised bed vegetable gardening (no nematodes!) and what vegetables really grow well here.

Don't forget to plant herbs too.

And don't forget to get a rain barrel!
Our first Rain Barrel/Water Conservation Workshop of 2015
kicks off at Zoo Miami on January 24th. Entrance to the Zoo is not required for the workshop, we will be in a special area but you are welcome to visit the Zoo (entrance fee required) and take the opportunity to visit some of the creatures that we share the planets water resources with. We will keep you posted on this first time workshop at Zoo Miami!

Wishing you all the best for 2015 from the FYN/UCU Team!

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