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Eco Minute October 2, 2015

If you are planning to have a fall/winter vegetable garden, here are a few suggestions.  Select the sunniest spot for your garden.  Check your soil’s drainage by digging a hole about a foot deep, filling it with water and see if it drains in a day.  If it doesn’t drain, consider a raised bed.  About three weeks before you’re ready to plant, till the ground to a depth of 6 inches, incorporate 2 inches of compost, some fertilizer and check and adjust the pH if necessary.  For information on fertilizer and pH requirements, planting dates for selected vegetables in Florida, and garden pest control methods, go to the Escambia County extension service website and check out their “Florida Vegetable Garden Guide.”  

Extension Service website:
http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu

Gardening Guide:
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/VH/VH02100.pdf

Dr. Enid Sisskin received her PhD from Columbia University in Pathobiology. She has worked as an environmental activist in this area for more than 20 years. She is currently on the faculty of the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences at the University of West Florida. She is the creator of the Eco Minute and has produced & hosted the series 2005. Her interests include continuing to garden despite yearly failure and continues to work for environmental protection with her husband and children. She is also everyone's favorite Jewish mother and stage manager at RadioLive. Contact: enid@wuwf.org.