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BANANA PEPPER BASICS

It’s almost like Christmas in July! Story by Bob Westerfield I sometimes think of banana peppers as summer Christmas trees for the garden. These dark green plants adorn themselves with abundantly spaced, light-colored, ornament-like peppers. As a member of the chile pepper family, banana peppers get their name simply because of their shape and color. …

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A FACE ONLY A GARDENER COULD LOVE

Bat-faced cuphea Story and Photos by Alan Pulley Referred to as “bat-faced” because of its interesting little bat-faced deep purple and bright red blooms, Cuphea llavea has become a favorite summer annual for many gardeners, including myself.  Native to Central America and Mexico, bat-face cuphea thrives in full sun and heat. Blooms emerge in late spring and …

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HYSSOP

Story by Kenny Coogan kennycoogan.com Hyssop can be grown in containers, along perennial borders, or trimmed to form a low hedge in sunny gardens or along walkways. Author Henry Beston of Herbs and the Earth (1935) says, “The garden has no more quietly dependable and satisfactory border plant.” Hyssop’s showy purplish blue, pink, or white flowers …

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GROW A RAINBOW OF TOMATOES

Is there such a thing as too many tomatoes? Nah! Story by Kenny Coogan kennycoogan.com Tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetables with home gardeners, and for good reason: Compared to homegrown, store-bought tomatoes are unfortunately quite disappointing. Homegrown tomatoes taste so much better, with flavors that are more complex.  Florida’s warm climate allows …

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