May 18, 2020
Each month, we’re focusing on what’s fresh and what’s growing in Florida.
Alicia Whidden is a commercial agriculture agent specializing in small fruits and vegetables
Stephen Gran is the Hillsborough County Extension Director.
It’s time for melons and watermelons in Florida, which are in season right now. You’ll find them in the stores, and farmers are selling from roadside stands. Sweet corn is also in season, and is grown all over the state before making its way further north. The corn that’s bred now has been genetically modified to stay sweet for longer after it’s been picked, so it doesn’t require immediate refrigeration. If you want to grow corn in your home garden, Alicia says it might be a little tougher than you’d think, and to expect some caterpillars. Also, she says to make sure you grow your corn in bunches, rather than in one long row, so you’ll have good pollination.