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 →
Winterizing Irrigation Systems ……..

Winterizing Irrigation Systems ……..

 The end of the year is the best time to winterize irrigation systems, prior to freezing winter temperatures.  Photo credit:  Doug Mayo Gary L. Hawkins, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Department & Calvin D. Perry, C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park  Irrigation systems are typically used during the summer months to supply supplemental irrigation water […]

By December 30, 2015 Read More →
Gardening In Your Own Backyard: Growing Citrus

Gardening In Your Own Backyard: Growing Citrus

Citrus trees are quintessentially Floridian, and many residents enjoy having this iconic plant in their own backyard.  Posted by sgrenrock,  IFAS Solutions For Your Life     Growing citrus in Florida presents many rewards, including backyard shade and access to fresh fruit (UF/IFAS Master Gardener 2014). However, maintaining a healthy tree requires careful planning and […]

By December 26, 2015 Read More →
Radish: The Fastest Vegetable to Market ………

Radish: The Fastest Vegetable to Market ………

by Matthew Orwat Radishes. Image Credit UF / IFAS Solutions. I’ve heard it said there’s no such thing as a vegetable that grows fast, tastes good, and is cheap….well they must not have considered the radish! If a fast growing, quick producing vegetable is desired, nothing is better than a radish. Radishes can develop from […]

By December 23, 2015 Read More →
Enjoy your outdoor space even in cooler weather ……….

Enjoy your outdoor space even in cooler weather ……….

Outdoor Living Trends (NAPSI)—You can still have a hot time in your own backyard, even when the weather cools, if you follow these trends and enhance the natural beauty of your patio, poolscape, walkway or driveway. Top Trends Here’s a look at five delightful ways people make the most of their outdoor space these days, […]

By December 18, 2015 Read More →
Plants for the Holidays ……

Plants for the Holidays ……

Poinsettias are a common choice for gifts and decorations during the winter, but other options are equally beautiful and sure to please. Surprise people with a new twist on the traditional holiday plant by giving some of these unique varieties.   African Violet These plants are good for the home environment because they do well […]

By December 7, 2015 Read More →