Eco Minute

Producer and Host
Dr. Enid Sisskin received her PhD from Columbia University in Pathobiology. She has worked as an environmental activist for more than 20 years. She is currently on the faculty of the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences at the University of West Florida. She is the creator of the Eco Minute and has produced & hosted the series since 2005. Her interests include continuing to garden despite yearly failures and she continues to work for environmental protection with her husband and children.

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If you are planning to have a fall/winter vegetable garden, here are a few suggestions.  Select the sunniest spot for your garden.  Check your soil’s drainage by digging a hole about a foot deep, filling it with water and see if it drains in a day.  If it doesn’t drain, consider a raised bed.  About three weeks before you’re ready to plant, till the ground to a depth of 6 inches, incorporate 2 inches of compost, some fertilizer and check and adjust the pH if necessary.  For information on fertilizer and pH requirements, planting dates for selected vegetables in Florida, and garden pest con

Welcome to October.  It’s the first full month of fall, the weather should be getting cooler and although you may still have some summer vegetables growing in your garden, it’s time to start thinking about cooler weather and the coming holiday season.  This month with the change of seasons we’ll be discussing winter gardens, preparing your home and car for cooler weather, a few more back to school ideas and some ways to have a greener Halloween.  As usual, if you have any ideas for the EcoMinute, or want to write and record a couple of EcoMinutes yourself, contact me at