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Archive for January, 2014

Growing Your Own Tomatoes

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 22nd

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by Debbie Hughes, Horticulturist

January is a great time to plant tomatoes in  raised beds or large pots in Florida.

Tomatoes have difficulty growing in the poor sandy soil laden with nematodes

(microscopic worms that eat the roots of plants), it is best to grow in amended organic

soils. Seedlings can be started in early August-October in peat

pots then potted into larger pots.  When the plants have grown to at least  1-2 feet in

height, it is time to plant in the amended soil.  Seedlings are also available for sale ready

to plant if you missed the seed stage.   Many varieties of cherry tomatoes are grown in Florida because they take fewer

days to mature, and are easier to just pop in the mouth.   Edison Ford Winter Estates sells heirloom seeds from Bakers

Heirloom Seed Growers or look for interesting seeds  from Tomato Growers Supply.  Look forward to eating varieties

this year of, “Snow White” , “Sun Gold”, and “Sun Sugar” during the springtime.

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Edison Ford Garden Talk ~ Orchids

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 4th

● Saturday, January 11, 9:00 a.m.

orchid jan 2014 update      Join Edison Ford Historic Garden Manager, Steve Hottovy, to learn how to care for and tend to orchids. At one time the Edison family had the largest collection of orchids in Florida and today Edison Ford has hundreds of orchids throughout the site. Participants are encouraged to bring in their ailing orchids for tips and care for growing healthy orchids. Participants will also receive 20% off in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.

Cost: Edison Ford Members free; non-members $5.