GROWING BELL PEPPERS

GROWING BELL PEPPERS

Bell Peppers are popular vegetables because there are so many varieties available from sweet to very hot. Bell peppers are tropical plants grown as warm-season annuals here. Peppers are relatively easy to grow and harvest. They are often harvested in the immature green stage for use in salsas, salads, for stuffing, roasting, and for added…

GROWING STRAWBERRIES

GROWING STRAWBERRIES

The strawberry is the most popular small fruit grown in the home garden. Growing strawberries is relatively easy, and they produce large quantities of good-quality fruit without requiring extra equipment. Strawberry (Fragaria ananassa) is an herbaceous perennial. New leaves, shoots, and runners emerge from the crown and root structure each year. Strawberries can be grown…

HOW TO GROW A CACTUS

HOW TO GROW A CACTUS

Cacti are the most unusual and elegant plants globally, with bold shapes of all kinds and beautiful green color variations. A cactus plant is a great insertion to the home because of its striking shape, size, and flowers. These houseplants are a unique, decorative way to add interest to your home, living space, and office….

HORTICULTURE

HORTICULTURE

What is Horticulture? Horticulture is the science and art of producing edible fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, and ornamental plants, improving and commercializing them. It is the only plant science that incorporates both the science and aesthetics of plants. Horticulture consists of two parts, “Hortus” meaning garden, and “Colere” meaning to grow or to cultivate (Cultura…

SPIDER MITES

SPIDER MITES

Spider mites or red spider mites are common pest problems on many plants. Many crops are host to spider mites; cassava, okra, papaya,  bele,  tomato, sweet potato, eggplant, beans, taro, cucumber, squash, other cucurbits, many ornamentals, and weeds are also hosts. Spider mites are a type of arachnid, but they are not insects, relatives of…

GROWING TOMATOES

GROWING TOMATOES

Tomato is one of the most popular crops among home gardeners. A perennial plant originated in western South America. A not only are tomatoes delicious and versatile. Tomatoes are also relatively easy to grow and return high value for the space they occupy. Store-bought tomato can not compare with the flavor of a vine-ripened tomato…