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 →
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 →