Insecticidal soap in the garden – use the right material

By Ralph E. Mitchell Insecticidal soap is perhaps the most-used pesticide in my landscape.  Its use as a topical spot treatment for many soft-bodied pest insects and spider mites is unequalled.  Insecticidal soap is still an insecticide and… Read More

Grow this native, salt-tolerant palm near the coast

By Ralph E. Mitchell Native plants that are ornamental, highly drought-tolerant and even salt-tolerant in the palm category are something all coastal landscapers are looking for.  Enter the Florida thatch palm – a beautiful, slow-growing classy palm that… Read More

Vibrio in Florida – Know the Facts!

Authors: Holly Abeels, UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant Extension; Gabby Barbarite, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, FL Atlantic University; Betty Staugler, UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant Extension; L Scott Jackson, UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant Extension Recent news headlines report another emergence… Read More

Meet the bivalves

Bivalves are mollusks that have a two-part hinged shell which hides the soft-bodied animal inside. Clams, oysters, scallops and mussels are all considered bivalves. Let’s take a closer look at a couple. Bay Scallop Bay scallops (Argopecten irradians)… Read More