Useful Websites! Brevard County Master http://brevard.ifas.ufl.edu/ Gardener Clinics (held throughout the county throughout most of the year This site has information on the but many close down during the summer months and Brevard County Extension office. All around Christmas – please call to confirm.) program areas have information posted along with a calendar of classes, and other info. University of Florida/ http://search.ufl.edu/web?site=edis Location Day Time Brevard County Extension .ifas.ufl.edu/ Central Brev. Sunday 1-3 pm This site has all of the bulletins written Libr (633-1792) by specialists from the University of Florida. Just type in a keyword or topic in the search Merritt Isl. Tues. 1-3 pm window and then just click the search button. Libr. (455-1369) http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/ North Brev. Tues. 10 – Noon This site is the Entomology and Libr. (264-5026) Nematology Departments site so this has Palm Bay Ext. Tues. 9 am-Noon information on insects, spiders, etc. Pictures (952-4536) Thurs. 1-3 pm are included. Satellite Bch Wed. 10 am-Noon http://www.gardensalive.com/ This is The Gardens-Alive site. They sell natural Libr. (779-4004) products for the lawn, vegetable garden and Front. Str. Thurs. 10 am-Noon C.C. (674-5722) Organic Vegetable pets! http://www.groworganic.com/ Patrick AFB Friday 10 am-Noon BX lobby (799-1300 ext. 124) Gardening Tips This is the site for Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply. They sell organic gardening Eau Gallie Friday 2-4 pm For Florida supplies, seeds, etc. This site has great info. on Libr. (255-4304) cover crops and they sell the seeds. http://www.centralsan.org/educatio n/ipm/hgonlineguide.html Two Office Locations: A California based organization. This 3695 Lake Drive 1455 Treeland Blvd. SE is a very user-friendly website that is light on Cocoa, FL 32926 Palm Bay, FL 32909 the scientific jargon and heavy on practicality. (321) 633-1702 (321) 952-4536 An Equal Opprotunity/Affirmative Action Institution FS 6105 HORT Remember - It’s • When growing vegetables that (or higher of milk in water) applied twice a week, controlled powdery produce a fruit like tomatoes, green Different Here! peppers and cucumber use a mildew on zucchini squash as * Before planting vegetable plants amend the fertilizer that is NOT high in effectively as conventional fungicides soil. Add organic matter like nitrogen which is the first number • Use aspirin to fight fungus too! compost, manures, coffee grounds in the analysis. (Ex. 4-8-8) The Dissolve ¾ of an aspirin in a gallon of etc. to the sandy soil. Continue to first number should be lower than water, and spray every two to three do this once or twice a year. the second number. weeks. The aspirin will boost the * Healthy soil=Healthy plants=Healthy people • Vegetables like lettuce, corn and plants defense mechanism. General Tips! spinach can be fertilized with a high • Sanitation. Clean up diseased plant nitrogen fertilizer. parts and throw them away. When planting vegetable plants remember: • Vegetables that produce a fruit like • Liquid seaweed (ex. Maxicrop) Weed Control makes a great foliar spray for plants • Mulch, mulch, mulch! tomato, cucumber, green pepper, etc. that produce food or are under need a location that receives full sun (a • Corn gluten is not only a natural pre- stress like drought, flood or cold. min. of 6 hrs of direct sunlight a day.) emergent herbicide but it is also a Spray both sides of the leaves until Plants that produce leaves like lettuce great source of organic Nitrogen.. they drip weekly for vegetable can handle partial sun/shade which is • Vinegar has been found to kill annual plants and monthly for fruit bearing morning or afternoon sun that does not weeds! trees, etc. reach 6 hours total per day. Insect Control Vegetable Gardening • Plant the vegetable plants or seeds • Continually add organic matter (OM) during the correct time of the year . • Insecticidal soap. (Before spraying to the soil to keep it healthy! Add the Refer to the Florida Veg. Gardening either the soap or oil make sure that OM on top of the soil and disturb the for this information. the plant has been watered well.) soil as little as possible. Watering • Ultra-fine Horticultural Oil. • Grow heirloom vegetables for more • To control caterpillars use Bt. • Water deeply but infrequently! flavor and nutrition. Spray Thuricide late in the day • It is best to water early in the morning • Use foliar applications of liquid because Bt is broken down by so the leaves dry off quickly. seaweed weekly once the vegetable sunlight & heat. Fertilizing • Mechanical Controls such as plants have begun to bloom and produce fruit or even before that! • Organic fertilizers are plant, animal or Agrofabric row covers, staking or mineral based. They are also generally • Use cover crops to increase the OM caging plants & sticky traps. and add nutrients to the soil. slow release and can’t burn the plants. Disease Control • When planting sweet corn, plant in a • BROADCAST the fertilizer over the • Mulch! block instead of in a long row for ground at the base of plants (but not • Milk can help fight fungi such as better pollination and therefore more too close to the stem.) powdery mildew. A 10% mixture kernel production.
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