Sunday, May 27, 2018
Home and Garden

Timely Tendings: Vegetable and herb gardening; removing suckers

So long, suckers

Always remove suckers below the bud or graft union on citrus, avocados, mangoes 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.

Know your herbs

This is a great time to plant herbs. Some herbs in Florida are annuals and others are perennials so be sure to locate them appropriately. You don't want to plant perennial herbs in the middle of a vegetable garden where you will need to rotate crops and change plants from one season to the next. For more information on herbs, including which herbs grow best in Florida, see

Keep those veggies fresh

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.

Source: Theresa Badurek, Urban Horticulture Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension Service. For additional landscape and garden information, visit their website at Follow them on Facebook for regular tips and information about what's growing in Pinellas at: