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The Neighborhood Gardener – September

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Time for Figs

The fig is a handsome tree that bears delicious fruit. It can also be grown as a large shrub or planted in a container. Of all the kinds of figs, the "common" fig is the best for Florida. Look for varieties adapted to the state, such as 'Celeste' or 'Brown Turkey'. Fruit on Florida-Friendly varieties ripens between July and October, and their size and taste vary. Check out these fig recipes for ways to cook and eat them. Learn more.

Plant of the Month: Cigar Flower

cigar flowerCigar flower has narrow, tubular flowers that range from deep orange to red, making them a favorite with hummingbirds. Because of their shape and color, the flowers are said to resemble lit cigars. Cigar flower grows as a perennial in South Florida, but gardeners in colder areas of Florida may wish to protect it from freezing temperatures in winter. Plant your cigar flower in full sun or even in part shade, preferably in a well-drained, enriched soil. More

September in Your Garden

Start the fall planting season now. Plant cool-season vegetable crops such as celery, cabbage, lettuce, and collards. Plant herbs that tolerate the warm temperatures of early fall, such as Mexican tarragon, mint, rosemary, and basil.

For more month-by-month gardening tips, check out the Florida Gardening Calendar. Three different editions of the calendar provide specific tips for each of Florida's gardening regions—North, Central, and South. More

Friend or Foe? Friend: Paper Wasp

paper waspPaper wasps are considered beneficial by some gardeners because they feed on insects, including caterpillars. However, they will attack if their nest is disturbed and each can sting repeatedly, so take care when working around nests. Paper wasps typically build nests underneath eaves or in other protected areas on structures or plants. More

Master Gardener Conference Registration Open

Florida Master Gardener logoRegistration for the 2011 Florida Master Gardener Continued Training Conference is now open. The conference will be held October 24-26 at the Royal Plaza Hotel in Lake Buena Vista. This year's conference will feature Dr. Bob Stamps from the Mid-Florida Research & Extension Center and noted horticultural author Tom MacCubbin. Register today!

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