Mistletoe the December Plant of the Month …..

Mistletoe the December Plant of the Month …..

The large clump of dark green growth is mistletoe. Mistletoe’s distinctive green leaves, stems, and white berries—each with a sticky seed inside—are easily recognizable. As a small seedling, it roots into the bark and wood of a tree and makes a connection with the growing ring of the host. Although mistletoe makes its own food, […]

By December 2, 2016 Read More →
It’s popular to grow your own veggies …….

It’s popular to grow your own veggies …….

It’s becoming more popular to grow your own, whether a large or small garden plot, or just some favorite veggies in patio or balcony pots. In our area, raised beds are also becoming popular with homeowners. Peppers, ornamental cabbages, other edibles can also be tucked into flower beds and landscaping on your property. Recent fall […]

By September 20, 2016 Read More →
Experts Say Fall Is the Time to Plant Perennials ………

Experts Say Fall Is the Time to Plant Perennials ………

(NAPSI)—Perennial plants are a gardener’s dream: They add color to borders and beds, and are relatively easy to maintain. Perennials can also be used to add fragrance and texture to gardens, as well as attract beneficial wildlife such as butterflies and hummingbirds. Planting perennials in the fall is like making a long-term investment—one that pays […]

By September 10, 2016 Read More →
Growing Strawberries ……………..

Growing Strawberries ……………..

Did you know Florida is the strawberry capital of the world during winter?  Posted by BLOGS.IFAS Florida strawberries can be planted in home gardens beginning in the fall and enjoyed through the winter and spring. Growing Conditions Strawberries need temperatures between 50°F–80°F and less than 14 hours of daylight to flower and produce fruit. In […]

By August 13, 2016 Read More →
Special Tropical Flowers ……..

Special Tropical Flowers ……..

Beautiful flowers, some perhaps not seen before: Beehive ginger   (Zingiber spectabile) is a member of the ginger family. Native to Southeast Asia , it’s mainly grown as an ornamental plant, but also used as a medicinal herb. Research shows that the plant has antimicrobial properties and a high concentration of enzymes that can prevent colon […]

By August 3, 2016 Read More →
Protect Gardens From Invasive Pests ……..

Protect Gardens From Invasive Pests ……..

(NAPSI)—Nothing tastes better than fresh-picked fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, invasive pests threaten to devour the crops in our gardens and farms, and the flowers, trees and plants in our landscapes. They are a real threat, costing our nation approximately $120 billion each year. These pests can spread quickly as they come from other countries and […]

By July 22, 2016 Read More →

Planting in July …….

 Posted by jmidelis July brings some of the hottest temperatures throughout Florida, so residents should choose heat-tolerant plants when gardening. To see what you should plant this month, use these recommendations based on Florida’s climate regions.   North Florida   Annuals: Gardeners in north Florida should plant heat-tolerant annuals, such as ornamental pepper, tropical milkweed, […]

By July 16, 2016 Read More →
Drought Or Not, Every Drop Counts ……..

Drought Or Not, Every Drop Counts ……..

(NAPSI)—As summer and warm-weather activities heat up, it may be tempting to leave the water running to keep yourself and your lawn cool. However, as seen on the West Coast, droughts rob communities of the rain or snow that replenishes their much-needed water supplies, so saving water for the future becomes more important than ever. […]

By July 9, 2016 Read More →
Why living landscapes matter for homeowners ……

Why living landscapes matter for homeowners ……

Provide lasting benefits for homeowners.  

By May 23, 2016 Read More →

GARDENING: Landscape Design for Water Conservation …….

By Gary  Knox, University of Florida, IFAS   Saltwater intrusion and pollutants threaten Florida’s limited water resources, and increasing urbanization and periodic drought are placing greater demands on water supplies. For these reasons, nursery growers, landscapers, and homeowners should be conscious of water use and should strive to minimize waste and consumption of water.   […]

By May 14, 2016 Read More →
GARDENING: Planting Shrubs & Conserving Water ……..

GARDENING: Planting Shrubs & Conserving Water ……..

How much is enough? …less than you think!  As Florida’s population continues to grow, water use is an increasing concern. Water management districts have taken the first steps to curb unnecessary use by regulating irrigation frequency and duration.   Landscape irrigation is a big draw on Florida’s water supply. In an effort to base future […]

Ten Ways To Get Prepared For Planting ………

Ten Ways To Get Prepared For Planting ………

(NAPSI)—When the weather warms, many people’s thoughts turn to how to make sure their yard is in tip-top shape for planting. These 10 tips can help get your garden off to a great start: 1. Make a plan. First, decide what to plant. One thing you may want to consider is pollinator-attractant plants. Yellow, blue […]

GARDENING: Hops in your Florida garden …….

GARDENING: Hops in your Florida garden …….

Hops plants produce stobiles (cones) that are used in making beer. UF/IFAS researchers are currently working on how to grow hops commercially in Florida,1 but did you know that you can grow hops in your Florida garden? If you’re thinking of growing hops, keep these things in mind2: Because they are climbing plants, hops are […]

By April 30, 2016 Read More →
Beware of the Upcoming Heat – Drought Stress in Vegetables …….

Beware of the Upcoming Heat – Drought Stress in Vegetables …….

by Josh Freeman As the season begins to heat up you may start noticing blossom-end rot (BER), especially in tomatoes. BER can be a serious drag on total yield with up to 30% total loss. It happens every year, usually the second week of May, but this year it looks like it may be next […]

By April 28, 2016 Read More →
GARDENING: Landscaping for Wildlife …….

GARDENING: Landscaping for Wildlife …….

Landscaping to attract wildlife brings nature close by welcoming it into our backyards. Planting certain trees, shrubs, and flowers can create an inviting atmosphere for songbirds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Another advantage of landscaping for wildlife is creating habitat for animals that have been displaced by community growth and development where space is limited.   […]

By April 28, 2016 Read More →
GARDENING: Growing Lagenaria (Bottle) Gourds

GARDENING: Growing Lagenaria (Bottle) Gourds

The Lagenaria species are annual vines that can be grown throughout the state. Their fruit are commonly called bottle gourds, but are also called birdhouse gourds, trumpet gourds, calabash gourds, Cucuzzi, and white-flowered gourds. When very young and small, the fruits can be eaten, but it’s the fully mature and dried gourds that are valued […]

By April 23, 2016 Read More →