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 →
Tips For Properly Pruning Muscadines ……….

Tips For Properly Pruning Muscadines ……….

Vine pruning should not follow harvest. by Matthew Orwat Last year, I wrote an article for this newsletter about late bearing muscadine cultivars. There are many early, mid, and late bearing cultivars, and a list can be found in the publication: The Muscadine Grape.  August is the very beginning of the muscadine harvest in the Florida Panhandle, […]

By August 15, 2015 Read More →
Low Tunnels Provide Year-Round Gardening Versatility ………

Low Tunnels Provide Year-Round Gardening Versatility ………

 by eanderson350 – IFAS, University of Florida As the heat of the summer falls upon us, it may seem strange to start thinking about structures to protect crops from the weather.  A versatile structure, however, can do more than just protect crops from the cold. Low tunnels are one option that can be easily modified to provide […]

By August 12, 2015 Read More →
Gardening: Longleaf Pine

Gardening: Longleaf Pine

The majestic longleaf pine.  Economically and environmentally beneficial, this king of trees is resistant to pests and disease; it produces a clear, straight wood free of defects, withstands drought and fire and provides habitat for a host of wildlife.   Longleaf pine once covered 90 million acres from Texas to Florida, but today only 3 […]

By August 11, 2015 Read More →

Planting in August …..

August marks the transition from summer to fall—especially in your garden. If you’re wondering what you should plant this month, then use these suggestions based on the Florida climate zones. North Florida Bedding Plants: Because August includes some of the hottest days of the year, plant heat-tolerant varieties, such as vinca, gaillardia, bulbine, and coleus. […]

By August 6, 2015 Read More →
Gardening: Attracting Backyard Birds ………

Gardening: Attracting Backyard Birds ………

Emma V. Willcox, Mark E. Hostetler, Martin B. Main, and Maena Voigt2 Provided by IFAS, University of Florida   The earliest written account of bird feeding in the United States dates back to 1845, when Henry David Thoreau reported feeding birds at Walden Pond. The first commercially-made bird feeder was designed for hummingbirds and went […]

By August 5, 2015 Read More →
Gardening: Attract Wildlife …………

Gardening: Attract Wildlife …………

Bring your yard to life by providing water, food and shelter for birds, butterflies and other creatures.     Provided by IFAS, University of Florida   *  Remember to plant for pollinators. Firebush supplies food for birds and butterflies. Snags have great appeal for various woodpeckers.   *  Reduce insecticide use. Each time you apply […]

By July 29, 2015 Read More →
Feed A Bee, Feed The Planet ……..

Feed A Bee, Feed The Planet ……..

(NAPSI)—Apples, broccoli, cherries, almonds-they all have something in common that may surprise you. Besides the fact that they may be in your kitchen right now, each one of these foods is available thanks to the honey bee and other pollinators. In fact, about one-third of the human food supply depends on bees and other pollinators. […]

By July 25, 2015 Read More →
Gardening: Houseplants ……

Gardening: Houseplants ……

Studies show that caring for plants has a calming effect and reduces blood pressure.   Provided by IFAS, University of Florida   Many people grow plants indoors for the beauty and warmth they add to the home. But did you know that plants also have many health benefits?   Caring for plants can help lower […]

By July 22, 2015 Read More →
Deadheading Keeps Summer Perennials Beautiful …….

Deadheading Keeps Summer Perennials Beautiful …….

By Matthew Orwat, UF / IFAS Extension Washington County During these “dog days”, full of hot temperatures punctuated with intermittent rain, gardeners can lose the motivation to get out there and get things done. One task, deadheading, can make a huge difference in the appearance of one’s landscape without a whole lot of effort.   […]

By July 17, 2015 Read More →
Sow A Feast From Seeds At Home ………

Sow A Feast From Seeds At Home ………

(NAPSI)—Growing vegetables and flowers at home can be rewarding and fun for the whole family. Whether you’re a seasoned green thumb or a novice, sowing seeds directly into beds or containers is an easy way to create a bountiful garden, and many can be sown throughout the summer for harvesting into the fall. “Everything you […]

By June 27, 2015 Read More →
10 Ways To Help Bees And Butterflies Thrive ……..

10 Ways To Help Bees And Butterflies Thrive ……..

(NAPSI)—Here’s news that’s created a buzz. Three-quarters of the world’s flowering plants and food crops rely on pollinating insects such as bees and butterflies to help them reproduce. Unfortunately, bee populations are being threatened by a range of issues such as colony collapse disorder, pesticides, mites, disease and climate change. Butterfly populations are also at […]

By June 24, 2015 Read More →
Growing Fruit Crops in Containers …….

Growing Fruit Crops in Containers …….

by Larry K. Jackson and Jeffrey G. Williamson       People frequently want to grow some types of fruit trees in containers, because of poor soil, improper climate or lack of sufficient space. Fortunately, a wide variety of fruit crops can be grown in containers with some degree of success. However, such plants will […]

By June 17, 2015 Read More →
Air Plant – Tillandsia: Two different air plants

Air Plant – Tillandsia: Two different air plants

Information provided by IFAS Solutions for Life When people use the term “air plant,” they’re usually referring to Tillandsia spp. These odd-looking plants have been getting new attention recently, their rise in popularity having a lot to do with how eye-catching they are coupled with how little care they require. People have become interested in […]

By June 10, 2015 Read More →
A New Website For Selecting Plants to Enhance Ecosystem Services ……..

A New Website For Selecting Plants to Enhance Ecosystem Services ……..

by Russ Mizell In a previous Panhandle Ag-e Newsletter article (Tools for Trapping Pests and Attracting Beneficial Insects), I described some new multifunctional tactics to monitor pests and enhance beneficial insects. Here we are publicizing a new website that will be online within the next few weeks which will enable selection of plant species for […]

By May 27, 2015 Read More →
Growing Basil …..

Growing Basil …..

Courtesy:  IFAS Gardening Solution Basil Basil smells and tastes spicy and fresh and is often used in Italian, Asian, and other cuisines. Native to India, Africa, and Southeast Asia, all basil species (Ocimum spp.) belong to the Lamiaceae (mint) family. Different basil varieties are used around the globe and each basil’s unique flavor compliments the […]

By May 13, 2015 Read More →