Vegetable gardening & ants

03/04/13 Jon Butts
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Our first guest was with the Insect Research Program with the University of Central Florida. Dr. Joshua King is an entomologist that specializes in ant research. Our conversation was about fire ants and possible controls of these pests in the backyard vegetable garden. Hot water, baits and mound treatments were some of Josh’s recommendations, but he was pretty clear that grits don’t work.

The remainder of the program we spent talking with two women involved locally with growing vegetables. A co-host of this show, Debbie Butts was joined by Claudie Babineaux, the farm manager for Geraldson Community Farm, a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in Manatee County. These two shared a lot of information on growing, seed sources, varieties that grow well here, and a lot of other stuff.

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