Say what you will about 2018, at least you can’t say it was boring.
In gardening, it was an interesting year, too. We thought we’d look back at the top ten articles from the UF/IFAS gardening website, Gardening Solutions. Florida gardeners were interested in a range of subjects, but edible gardening and native plants stood out.
The top articles, in order of page views, for January 1 through December 20:
- Vegetable Gardening by Season – An overview of what to plant when in the vegetable garden, plus timely chores by season.
- Landscaping in the Shade – Advice on how and what to plant in those parts of your yard that don’t receive the necessary six hours of sunlight that most flowering and edible plants require.
- Firebush – This native shrub blooms throughout much of the year, attracting both butterflies and hummingbirds with its tubular red flowers. Plus, it’s practically indestructible once established.
- Asiatic Jasmine – A low-maintenance groundcover that tolerates a wide range of conditions, including coastal areas (P.S. – not actually jasmine).
- Native Plants – Basically a list of the plants covered in Gardening Solutions that are native to Florida.
- Tomatoes – We’re actually surprised this one isn’t ranked higher. Perhaps we’re all getting the hang of growing tomatoes?
- Citrus – An overview of all types of citrus in Florida and how to grow it in the home landscape. Alas, harder than it used to be…
- Native Trees – Another list of natives, this time it’s the big guys.
- Ixora – This old South Florida favorite flowers throughout the year with plenty of sunlight.
- Different Pests, Different Damage – A breakdown of pests by the way they ruin your plants.