All about Ladybugs ……

All about Ladybugs ……

Posted by jmidelis on April 20, 2015 From IFAS:  Solutions You may call them ladybirds, ladybugs, or even lady beetles. Not only does this family of beetles have an assortment of names, it is also made up of an array of different species. Additionally, many ladybugs are important predators, while some are considered pests. Learn […]

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 April 29, 2015 Read More →

Preserving Food: Freezing Vegetables ……….

by Judy A. Harrison and Elizabeth Andress; adapted for use in Florida by Amy Simonne   Freezing is an excellent way to preserve fresh vegetables at home. Freezing does not sterilize food; the extreme cold simply retards growth of microorganisms and slows down changes that affect quality or cause spoilage in food. The quality of […]

By April 29, 2015 Read More →
Gardening with Annuals in Florida ………

Gardening with Annuals in Florida ………

Sydney Park Brown Annuals offer an almost infinite variety of flower color and plant form. They brighten landscape beds and add a splash of color to a porch, deck, or patio when placed in containers (Figure 1). Some also make good cut flowers (Table 1). Figure 1. The vivid colors of gazania brighten the landscape. Selection […]

By April 22, 2015 Read More →

Environmental Stresses and Your Florida ………

Florida lawns are subject to many environmental stresses. These can include nutrient deficiency, salinity and cold temperatures, as well as prolonged exposure to shade, drought or traffic. Environmental stress can best be managed in two ways. A first step is selecting the most stress-tolerant species or cultivar for a given region of the state. (See […]

By April 18, 2015 Read More →
Gardening: Peaches ……

Gardening: Peaches ……

New Peach Cultivar Trial at the North Florida Research and Education Center by Peter C. Andersen Prunus species require the accumulation of cold winter temperatures to allow for normal bud development and budbreak in the spring. Traditional temperate zone peach and nectarine cultivars require 800 to 1200 hours of cumulative hourly temperatures of 45oF or […]

By April 15, 2015 Read More →
Managing the Home Lawn …….

Managing the Home Lawn …….

A healthy lawn can often make or break the outward appearance of your home. Among homeowners, many tend to “over” care for their lawn, especially when fertilizing, mowing, and irrigating. Follow Florida-Friendly Landscape practices and have a healthy lawn by learning how to fertilize, mow, and irrigate properly. Fertilize Fertilizing your yard properly is all […]

By April 11, 2015 Read More →
Tung Trees – Historic Crop; Toxic Legacy ………

Tung Trees – Historic Crop; Toxic Legacy ………

The highway from Monticello to Tallahassee (US 90) is famous for its summer blooming crape myrtle trees donated by nurseryman Fred Mahan. by Jed Dillard   This month, there’s another historic tree flowering along that highway, as well as in other parts of Jefferson county and North Florida. It’s the tung tree, imported from China […]

By April 4, 2015 Read More →
Growing Herbs at Home ….

Growing Herbs at Home ….

Herbs for Spring During spring,  a number of common herbs, which are grown for their distinctive flavors and aromas, can be planted in Florida. Growing Herbs at Home Because herbs are generally small plants and only a portion is needed at a time, herbs are perfect for container gardening. Placing containers along driveways, sidewalks, and patios, […]

By April 4, 2015 Read More →
Simple Tips To Get Growing At Home ……..

Simple Tips To Get Growing At Home ……..

(NAPSI)—There may be few things more satisfying than growing colorful flowers or eating vegetables picked fresh from the garden. That might seem ambitious if you haven’t gardened before, but getting started this year need not be difficult. Just follow these simple gardening tips to enjoy the benefits of fresh air, gentle exercise and healthy produce: […]

By April 1, 2015 Read More →
Rose Pruning – A Pictorial Guide …….

Rose Pruning – A Pictorial Guide …….

by Matthew Orwat   It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Please follow as a favorite shrub rose, Belinda’s Dream, is pruned.       Author: Matthew Orwat – mjorwat@ufl.edu Matthew J. Orwat started his career with UF / IFAS in 2011 and is the Horticulture Extension Agent for Washington County Florida. […]

By March 28, 2015 Read More →
It’s Growing – So It Must Be A Good Plant. Right?

It’s Growing – So It Must Be A Good Plant. Right?

You know that plant in the corner of the yard that seems to be taking over? It’s the one that your friend “passed along” because they had plenty of them and wanted to share. After all, it grows so well. How can you go wrong?   The odds are that vigorous plant is a non-native […]

By March 25, 2015 Read More →
Information about the Air Potato …….

Information about the Air Potato …….

Air Potato (Dioscorea bulbifera)   Air potato is a tall climbing herbaceous plant that is in the yam family and can overtake natural and urban areas in a very short time. Air Potato uses twining tendrils that allow it to quickly climb over shrubs, trees, and man-made structures. The large heart-shaped leaves and potato looking “bulbils” that […]

By March 18, 2015 Read More →
Information about Climbing Ferns

Information about Climbing Ferns

Climbing Ferns (Lygodium japonicum and Lygodium microphyllum)   Japanese Climbing Fern (Lygodium japonicum) and Old World Climbing Ferns (Lygodium microphyllum): are presently the only non-native invasive ferns in Florida.  Both ferns reproduce and spread readily by wind-blown spores. A single fertile leaflet can produce 28,600 spores.  Animals, equipment, and even people that move through an area […]

By March 11, 2015 Read More →
Information about Cogongrass …….

Information about Cogongrass …….

Cogongrass (Imperata Cylindrica) Cogongrass is one of the 10 worst weeds in the world.  This grass is an aggressive grower and forms colonies causing loss of productive forest areas, severe degradation of habitat, and economic issues.  Since its introduction in the 1900s, Cogongrass has spread to most of the counties in Florida.   Reproduction occurs […]

By March 4, 2015 Read More →
Grow a Garden With Your Kids …….

Grow a Garden With Your Kids …….

Starting a garden is a fun way to teach your kids about healthy fruits and vegetables and get some exercise as you work on a project together. You don’t have to be horticultural expert to grow a simple garden this year, just use these tips from Kids.gov and you and your kids can be growing […]

By March 4, 2015 Read More →