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Eco Minute October 8, 2015

If you’re a gardener, the plantmaps.com website is a great source of information.  This time of year you can use plantmaps.com to check for the average date of the first frost, check out the USDA hardiness zones to decide what to plant this fall, or check the distribution of Florida native plants  - among other available maps.  What I found when I looked at the site, was that in NorthWest Florida, our average first frost is between December 1 and December 10, plenty of time to get in a crop of cool weather crops such as lettuce, spinach, certain root vegetables and herbs.  It’s win-win.  You’ll get some good exercise preparing your garden, especially as the weather cools and you can stay outside longer and you can eat a healthier diet for less money with fresh produce.     

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.