(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 […]
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, […]
(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. […]
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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. […]
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 […]
(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 […]
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 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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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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 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 […]
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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 […]