|May 2, 2013||Posted by Melissa under Events, FAPC, Gardening|
Fresh From Florida members are returning to Epcot for the International Flower and Garden Festival May 3-5. This will be the fifth year for Florida producers to join the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as part of the International Flower and Garden Festival. Department staff will be on hand in the Festival Center to answer questions […] continue reading
|September 24, 2012||Posted by Guest under Agriculture, Farms, Gardening|
The first ever Redland GrowFest! launches on the weekend of October 13 and 14, 2012 at the Redland Fruit and Spice Park. The festival is a fundraiser for Florida Organic Growers & Consumers (FOG) and there will be several screenings of “What’s Organic About Organic?”, an indie documentary about the organic movement. In addition, there […] continue reading
|September 18, 2012||Posted by Arlette under Agriculture, Gardening, Kids|
It seems that school gardens are springing up everywhere. And that’s a good thing. According to the American Community Gardening Association, children benefit psychologically from spending time outside with growing plants. They focus better on studies, feel more confident about achievements, and have opportunities to lose weight or gain physical strength. These memorable experiences also […] continue reading
|August 18, 2012||Posted by Alyssa under Agriculture, Events, Farms, Gardening, News, Produce|
Saturday, August 18 was National Honey Bee Day! Honey bees are small animals that are a part of a class called insects. They have been in existence for over 40 million years. A single bee colony can have anywhere from 40,000 to 60,000 bees! The first National Honey Bee Day (NHBD), also known as National […] continue reading
|June 18, 2012||Posted by Melissa under Agriculture, Farms, Gardening, Horticulture, Uncategorized|
Returning for the fourth time to participate in “Fresh From Florida” Weekend at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, Ecoturf Sod is a commercial producer of Ecoturf perennial peanut. Perennial peanut is a beautiful groundcover. Ecoturf is drought-tolerant and slow growing. These characteristics mean less watering and less mowing! As it grows, small yellow flowers bloom, creating a […] continue reading
|June 15, 2012||Posted by Marisol under Gardening, Horticulture|
Florida supplies foliage, tropical plants, indoor and outdoor plants to garden centers and nurseries all over Canada. No wonder Apopka is considered the “Foliage Capital of the World”. Our horticulture growers in Apopka and Homestead produce quality liners and pre-finished plant materials that are often sent by air or ground to meet the plant demand […] continue reading
|May 29, 2012||Posted by Guest under Gardening, Produce|
By: Amy Campbell-Smith, Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness The Fresh for Florida Kids Food Garden is producing so many fruits and vegetables right now. Here’s a recap of what we’ve seen so far! There’s a sizable watermelon on one of the vines in the back of the garden! And a bunch of tiny melons […] continue reading
By: Amy Campbell-Smith, Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness
The Fresh for Florida Kids Food Garden is producing so many fruits and vegetables right now. Here’s a recap of what we’ve seen so far!
There’s a sizable watermelon on one of the vines in the back of the garden! And a bunch of tiny melons are strung like Christmas lights along the vines. They’ll grow quickly with all the sunshine we’ve been getting.
The vines on the left side of the back garden are cantaloupes, and they are loaded with tiny fruits!
Our butternut squash are doing really well. We counted 6 squash, with one starting to turn cream-colored. They won’t be ready until around September though. By then we’ll have a truckload!
I saw at least 4 baby zucchini, 3 baby pattypans, and a dozen crookneck babies in the squash/cucumber bed.
Speaking of cukes, we’ll have those for a while. There are bunches of tiny cucumbers on the vines, and we picked 4 today!
The zipper peas, also known as crowder peas, are starting to come in. I picked some black-eyed peas and I saw 6 or 7 zipper pea pods. You can tell them from the black-eyed peas by the lack of the purple blotch on the bottom of the pod.
Every day a tomato or two ripens…go out there and grab one!
We also have potatoes…but they won’t be ready until the potato plants start dying off. Right now, the leaves are still photosynthesizing the sunlight, turning it into energy which it puts into producing big fat edible roots. Yum!
There are tons of eggplants growing too. We’ll have more than enough to last us for a while.
That’s about it for this week, I’ll have another garden update soon!
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