Vegetable gardening is winding down, except for those veggies that like it hot. Harvest ripened vegetables often. Also be on the lookout for insects and diseases. If you are using a pesticide, check the number of days to wait before harvesting. Many have a week or more waiting time and if your vegetables are almost ready to harvest, either be careful not to get the chemical on them or pick before spraying. Systemic pesticides are not suitable for vegetables since they not only get on the plant, but also inside of it.
Keep faded crape myrtle flowers clipped off to encourage more blooms, if you can reach them. Clip just behind the flower heads. When crape myrtles are allowed to produce seed, flowering slowly declines as seeds are produced.
Information from Carol Suggs and Theresa Badurek of the Pinellas County Extension Service and from the Hillsborough County Extension Gardening Almanac. For answers to common landscape questions, go to www. askextension.org, pinellascounty extension.org or hillsborough.extension.ufl.edu.