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 →
GARDENING: Florida-Friendly Groundcovers ……

GARDENING: Florida-Friendly Groundcovers ……

Find out what would suit your landscape.  

By April 21, 2016 Read More →

Just in Time for National Garden Month: USDA Launches “Plant a Window Box for Pollinators” ……..

Using New People’s Garden Initiative Website At the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) urged Americans of all ages to “Plant a Window Box for Pollinators” by using a new, free online tool available at the redesigned People’s Garden Initiative website.   The new tool allows people to […]

By April 9, 2016 Read More →
Control Burning Newly Planted Longleaf Pines and Saplings ……..

Control Burning Newly Planted Longleaf Pines and Saplings ……..

 by Michael Goodchild Prescribe burning is an effective method for controlling brown spot needle blight in longleaf pines. Photo credit: Mike Goodchild Controlling competing vegetation and brown spot disease are two of the main reasons prescribe burns are recommended for young longleaf plantations:    Longleaf pine seedling do not compete well with vegetation, and will […]

By April 6, 2016 Read More →
April Planting for Northwest Florida ……..

April Planting for Northwest Florida ……..

University of Florida/IFAS Extension  

By April 2, 2016 Read More →
Vertical Gardening, a hot topic ………..

Vertical Gardening, a hot topic ………..

If you have a serious green thumb but not a lot of space in which to focus your efforts, you don’t have to give up of all of your gardening dreams.     Vertical gardening might just be the answer that allows you to make the most out of your space restrictions. Vertical gardening is […]

By March 19, 2016 Read More →
Some planting tips ……

Some planting tips ……

Since March marks the beginning of spring, growers from north to south Florida can plant warm-season veggies and herbs. Take advantage of the weather by following these gardening suggestions based on Florida’s climate zones. You can find your region using the gardening region map.   North Florida Annuals: While cool-season annuals, such as dianthus, will […]

By March 12, 2016 Read More →
Time to Order Turfgrass Preemergence Herbicdes ………

Time to Order Turfgrass Preemergence Herbicdes ………

by rglg Immature crabgrass plant in turf. Photo credit: Crabgrass Biology and Management in Turf Dr. Ramon Leon, Extension Weed Specialist, West Florida REC, Jay So far this winter has been warmer than usual. If this trend continues, we will have weeds emerging early this spring. For this reason, it is a good idea to […]

By January 21, 2016 Read More →
Treating Cold-Damaged Plants …..

Treating Cold-Damaged Plants …..

January and February are the coldest months in Florida, and plants can be damaged by low temperatures. But with your help, cold-damaged plants can often recover.     Water After a freeze, check the soil around your plants. Plants may not be getting the water they need if the soil has dried out or if […]

By January 20, 2016 Read More →
Getting Started with Gardening ……….

Getting Started with Gardening ……….

Florida’s unique features–such as sandy soil, numerous insects and other pests, and four different growing zones–can make gardening a challenge for new residents and first-time gardeners.   These topics cover the information you need to get started with your Florida garden. Gardening Basics Choosing Plants Demonstration Gardens Design & Layout Maintenance & Care Problems Seeds […]

By January 9, 2016 Read More →

EPA Releases the First of Four Preliminary Risk Assessments for Insecticides Potentially Harmful to Bees …….

First-of-its-kind assessment delivers on President Obama’s National Pollinator Strategy WASHINGTON– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid, which shows a threat to some pollinators. EPA’s assessment, prepared in collaboration with California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation, indicates that imidacloprid potentially poses risk to hives when the […]

By January 8, 2016 Read More →
What to Plant in North Florida in January ……….

What to Plant in North Florida in January ……….

Courtesy of University of Florida, IFAS Extension  

By January 2, 2016 Read More →