Expert response from Jennifer Bearden
Agriculture Agent, University of Florida IFAS Extension, Okaloosa County
Friday, 06/11/2015 10:54
Integrated pest management begins with seed and variety selection. A new gardener will want to familiarize themselves with pests that routinely affect crops in their area. A good place to start is your local extension office. Many times, we have lists of varieties that are recommended for certain areas as well as pests that are a concern. The next consideration is the source of the seed. Do you want organic seed, raw seed or treated seed? This is a personal preference based on how you will grow the vegetables. Also, always buy your seed from a reputable source. The last thing you want to do is purchase seed that comes with pests like pathogens or weeds.
Here is a link to the Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide.
Moderator Note: GM seeds are not available for purchase by the general public at nurseries or garden centers. They must be purchased from a seed dealer. The only vegetable seeds available as GM varieties are squash and sweet corn.
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