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Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus

Fruit infected by TSWV.

Our dry climate on the east side works wonders to control fungal diseases. Most fungi prefer moist environments. While we still get an occasional fungal pathogen, we seem to have greater problems with insects and viruses. In many cases the insects and...

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 10:14 AM

Beat the Cheat! (Part II)

Bromus tectorum patch, Photo by USDA

Beat the Cheat Part II: How to get rid of cheatgrass! Part One of the cheatgrass story informed us of its invasive weed status and how it creates a fire risk around the home. But there is hope. First, remember that any disturbance of the soil...

Posted on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 12:25 PM

Beat the Cheat! (Part I)

Bromus tectorum. Photo by Joseph DiTomaso

Beat the Cheat! Part I:   Why cheatgrass is so very bad! Each year, my number one garden task is working to get rid of all the cheatgrass that moves in. Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) is an aggressive invasive species that thrives in...

Posted on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 12:21 PM

Florida's Botanical Gardens

One of the ponds

I recently returned from a vacation in Florida, and a highlight was our visit to the Florida Botanical Garden. It is located in Pinellas Country, near Saint Petersburg. It was approximately a 20-minute drive from Tampa. The garden is on several acres...

IMG 9714
IMG 9714

Posted on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 11:45 AM

Demystifying Pluots, Apriums and Other Stone Fruit Hybrids

Pluot of unknown variety

  Many new hybrids of stone fruits have been appearing in catalogs and on supermarket shelves in recent years resulting in a plethora of new terms many of which are defined below.   The most common hybrids are those between apricots...

Flesh of typical pluot
Flesh of typical pluot

Posted on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 2:36 PM

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