Rugose Spiraling Whitefly (Aleurodicus rugioperculatus: Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) Popping Up on Coconut Palms- Oct. 2018

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               Above: Spiraling whiteflies smother a gumbo-limbo (Pic: Kim Gable, UF |IFAS Extension Key West). Bottom: Close-up of spiraling whitefly (Pic. Holly Glenn, UF|IFAS Homestead TREC). Note the sucking mouthparts.   The Rugose spiraling whitefly is a mess-maker,… Read More

EVENT: Master Gardener Educational Garden Workshop Series | starts Jan. 10, 2019

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DEAR GARDEN ENTHUSIAST! Welcome to the 2019 Educational Garden Workshop Series hosted by the UF/IFAS Extension Florida Master Gardener Collier County Program. We seek to educate the public in gardening practices for the SW Florida climate and to… Read More

Event: Southwest Florida Small Farmers Network Meeting November 5th

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We are pleased to announce the Southwest Florida Small Farmers Network Meeting @ Oakes Demo Farm in Naples, FL WHEN: Monday, November 5, 2018 TIME: 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM WHERE: Oakes Demo Farm, Deer Run Lane, Naples, FL 34120… Read More

Ficus Whitefly, Singhiella simplex, was One of the Most Destructive Landscape Pests

Ficus whitefly damage

Before ficus whitefly, this community was surrounded by a wall of Ficus benjamina. Same hedge, about 6  years after ficus whitefly invasion. Dr. Muhammed Z. Ahmed and Collier County MG Tatiana Burhart evaluate the hedge’s failure. Ficus whiteflies… Read More

EVENT: JAMAS Fruit Class Sept. 22, 2018

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JAMAS Landscape Fruit Tree Horticulture Class Bummed out about your dying citrus trees? Yearning to learn about other fruit alternatives? Sponsored by: Doug Caldwell, UF|IFAS Landscape Horticulture and Jessica Ryals, Food Sustainability Educator. WHEN: Sat. September 22, 2018–… Read More

Southwest Florida Seed Planting Graph

Vegetable bounty

This Plating calendar was compiled by Donna Glembin, Collier County Master Gardener and Isabel Way, FYN and MG Coordinator. Happy Gardening! Crop/Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Beans (bush) X X… Read More

Container Vegetable Gardening

Vegetable bounty

If your vegetable gardening is limited by insufficient space or an unsuitable area, consider the possibility of raising fresh, nutritious, homegrown vegetables in containers. A window sill, a patio, a balcony or a doorstep will provide sufficient space… Read More

Event: Demystifying Florida Food Regulations

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  Demystifying Florida Food Regulations – Roundtable of federal and state food regulators and open discussion. Interested in starting a Food Business in Florida? Food regulations can be complex to understand and uncertainties in interpreting the policies can… Read More