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Gardening: Monsoon times?

Gardening

By Lesley Arrandale
mail@floridanewsline.com

Since early June, when most of Florida was suffering from drought, we have had ample rain — so much that the drought was lifted for the first time since July 2016 (see droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?FL).

Gardening: Plants from seed

Gardening

By Lesley Arrandale
mail@floridanewsline.com

I decided recently to grow more of my plants from seed. I’m not an expert, but I can see there can be advantages in growing flowers with some genetic variability. In contrast, flowers grown from cuttings — vegetatively propagated clones — will be just like the parent plant and have the same strengths and weaknesses.

Gardening: Summertime – Not so easy?

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By Lesley Arrandale
mail@floridanewsline.com

Summer is almost here after record-breaking spring temperatures and, as of early May, a continuing rainfall deficit in northeast Florida. I’m now wondering what the summer may bring. The hurricane season predictions (out of Colorado State University) are for an El Nino weather pattern possibly kicking in during the summer, and if it does we could see slightly fewer storms than average, with sea temperatures and wind patterns keeping more of them out in the Atlantic. In the meantime, the Okefenokee Swamp West Mims fire has been burning for weeks, with little rain to help the firefighters; rain is sorely needed.

Gardening: Buyer beware

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By Lesley Arrandale
mail@floridanewsline.com

So – we had a last minute cold snap, just a few days before our last projected frost date. I hope you all didn’t lose any precious new (or old) plants. Luckily we had a good downpour beforehand, which invigorated our plants. Unfortunately, as of mid-April, we are still low on rainfall, although for the next few months we can expect precipitation to be average (https://tinyurl.com/lnxujms). Of course, this is our dry season. In addition, we are looking at a 40 percent chance of higher than normal temperatures for the next few months (https://tinyurl.com/kuq67z4).

Gardening: Hot stuff, dry stuff

Gardening

By Lesley Arrandale
mail@floridanewsline.com

As I write (in early March) winter has still not arrived. The closer we get to our traditional last frost date — about mid-March — it is predicted to be less and less likely that we shall see cold temperatures and we could therefore see the early emergence of insect pests (see http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/vh036). Keep a close eye on those young vegetable plants. On the plus side, beneficial insects, such as the lady beetles, should also be more abundant (see http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in327).