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 →
Vegetable Gardening ……..

Vegetable Gardening ……..

Vegetable gardening offers many benefits, including sun, fresh air, exercise, mental therapy, nutritious fresh vegetables, and economic savings. Vegetables can be grown year-round in Florida if you pay attention to the appropriate planting dates.   Provided by IFAS/University of Florida   While this guide provides recommendations primarily for home gardens, the information may be useful […]

By November 25, 2015 Read More →
Crop Cold Weather Protection …….

Crop Cold Weather Protection …….

While Florida winters are generally pleasant, with minimum temperatures ranging from 40°F to 60°F, frosts and freezes can still occur.   Many growers must have a protection plan to handle cold weather. Generally, central and south Florida growers need to be more concerned about freezes than growers in the northern and western parts of the […]

By November 22, 2015 Read More →
Blueberry Freeze Protection ……

Blueberry Freeze Protection ……

Blueberries, like most temperate zone plants, become dormant during the winter, allowing them to survive the cold. As days become shorter and temperatures lower throughout the fall, blueberries’ growth slows and cold hardiness increases. While blueberries that become fully dormant don’t typically have serious damage from the cold, methods can still be taken to improve […]

By November 15, 2015 Read More →
Gardening: Grow Herbs ……

Gardening: Grow Herbs ……

Herbs are grown for their special flavors and aromas, and they can add seasoning and taste to food. Fall is ideal for planting a variety of common herbs.   Provided by  UF/IFAS Communications     Growing Herbs at Home Most of the common herbs can be grown seasonally in Florida for home use. In South Florida, […]

By November 5, 2015 Read More →
Look Out for Florida’s Top 10 CREEPY Crawlers …….

Look Out for Florida’s Top 10 CREEPY Crawlers …….

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – This Halloween, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reminds residents and visitors to be on the lookout for these 10 creepy, crawly, invasive and destructive pests found in Florida. In addition to threatening Florida’s $123 billion agriculture industry and the more than 2 million jobs it supports, pests pose a serious […]

By October 31, 2015 Read More →
Keep Your Lawn And Garden Equipment In Top Shape ……

Keep Your Lawn And Garden Equipment In Top Shape ……

(NAPSI)—For outdoor power equipment to work better for less cost and effort later in the year, you need to properly maintain and store it now. Here are 13 tips that can help. Storage Suggestions 1. Set up a safe work zone. Identify a safe location with plenty of work space that’s out of the way […]

By October 21, 2015 Read More →
Hybrids, Heirlooms And GMOs Explained

Hybrids, Heirlooms And GMOs Explained

(NAPSI)—If the terms “hybrid,” “heirloom” and “GMO” have you stumped, you’re not alone. When it comes to buying seeds and plants, there’s a lot of confusion, even among seasoned gardeners. Here are a few facts that may help. Hybrids First things first: Hybrids are not the same thing as genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Thanks to […]

By October 14, 2015 Read More →
Growing Lettuce ……

Growing Lettuce ……

Locally grown foods boost the local economy, introduce the community to agriculture, and protect natural resources. Plus, they are fresher than foods that travel many miles. Even though eating local isn’t always an option, Florida does offer a variety of local, in-season produce grown throughout the year.     Florida offers four varieties of lettuces—all […]

By October 7, 2015 Read More →
Cold Weather Plants ……

Cold Weather Plants ……

Information provided by IFAS   Even though winter weather can easily ruin a garden, you can grow cold-hardy plants to take the work and the worry out of freeze protection.   Annuals Once your summer annuals start to fade, replace them with flowers that can withstand freezing temperatures. Examples include the following: Pansies Violets Snapdragons […]

By October 1, 2015 Read More →
Saving & Using Rainwater ……..

Saving & Using Rainwater ……..

 Groundwater resources in Florida face high demand for consumption, agricultural, and industry needs. Information provided by University of Florida, IFAS Taking advantage of Florida’s seasonal rainfall can reduce pressure on groundwater for non-potable uses during drier seasons. For the homeowner, harvesting rainwater reduces your water bills and allows you to use the stored water at […]

By September 25, 2015 Read More →
Cold Protection of Landscape Plants ……..

Cold Protection of Landscape Plants ……..

Information provided by UF/IFAS Sydney Park Brown, Dewayne L. Ingram, and Thomas H. Yeager Winter temperatures in Florida are frequently low enough to cause cold injury to tropical, subtropical, and occasionally temperate plants not adapted to Florida climatic conditions. Freezing weather normally occurs in north and central Florida, while below freezing temperatures are rare for […]

By September 19, 2015 Read More →
Drought in Florida: Watering Wisely

Drought in Florida: Watering Wisely

 While showers seem to come nearly every afternoon, much of south Florida is actually in a drought.    Information provided by University of Florida, IFAS Did you know that during a drought, Florida’s water management districts have the authority to restrict water use. Irrigation for commercial and home landscapes may be restricted? The following guidelines […]

By September 18, 2015 Read More →
GARDENING: Cicadas in Florida ……..

GARDENING: Cicadas in Florida ……..

If you hear loud buzzing coming from trees in the daytime, the noise is most likely caused by cicadas. You can tell when cicadas are present by the brown exoskeletons they leave on tree trunks and shrubs.   Information provided by University of Florida, IFAS Cicadas are found throughout North America, including here in Florida. […]

By September 11, 2015 Read More →
Living Landscapes Matter: Lawns And Gardens Are Ecosystems That Help Us All ……..

Living Landscapes Matter: Lawns And Gardens Are Ecosystems That Help Us All ……..

(NAPSI)—While in some parts of our country, people are replacing their lawns with rocks, mulch, cacti and plastic grass—deadening the landscape in order to conserve water—you may not have to. “Having a lawn and being a good environment steward are not mutually exclusive,” explains Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute […]

By September 5, 2015 Read More →
School Gardens: What You Need to Know ………

School Gardens: What You Need to Know ………

 Since the early 1900s, school gardens have been flourishing throughout the nation. Community and school gardens were first created to help raise the moral and social skills of children who used the gardens. Information provided by University of Florida, IFAS  0100   Benefits Opportunities for Growth & Interaction School gardens can go beyond the scope […]

By September 4, 2015 Read More →