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Time to tend that garden

Vegetable gardening should be in full swing this month. Remember to keep a watch for insects and diseases and be prepared to act at the first sign of invasion.

Vegetables are annual plants that require a lot of fertilizer while growing, and vegetable gardens are exempt from the Pinellas County fertilizer ordinance. Keep side-dressing every five to six weeks.

There is still time to plant pole beans, lima beans, cantaloupes, collards, okra, sweet potatoes and summer squash.

Always remove suckers below the bud or graft union on citrus, avocados, mangos or any other grafted plant. These shoots will grow fast and rob needed strength from the desirable upper portion of the plant and will not produce the desired flowers or fruit.

For additional landscape and garden information, visit our website at pinellascountyextension.org, and for answers to common landscape questions visit our new website at: www.askextension.org/categories/Florida+Friendly+Landscaping.

Source: Theresa Badurek, urban horticulture extension agent, UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension Service. Learn more at askextension.org or pinellascountyextension.org.

Time to tend that garden 03/24/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 24, 2012 5:32am]

    

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