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Blue Porterweed, Stachytarpheta urticifolia, With Piles of “Dirt” Along Stems

These piles of dirt are accumulated frass and silk webbing from a caterpillar, [Pyralidae: Penthesilea difficilis],  tunneling inside the stem (photo with flower and frass by Stephen Brown, UF|IFAS Extension Lee Co.)There isn’t too much one can do… Read More

Avoid the Tree Hackers, Select an ISA Certified Arborist for Aesthetic and Healthy Pruning!

Its happening in my neighborhood now. The guys that were repairing radiators or odd-job types are driving around in unmarked, homemade box trucks and and offer to hurricane whack your shade trees (cash only) before hurricane season. Do… Read More

Common rust disease causes premature leaf drop of frangipani (plumeria) plants.

A rust (fungus) disease, Coleosporium plumeria, defoliates many varieties every year.                Top photo: The rust disease coats the underside of the leaf with orange pustules and causes leaves to turn yellow, then brown and rapidly defoliate in… Read More

Southwest Florida Small Farmers Network Meeting Recap 2018

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On Monday, November 5th, small-scale vegetable farmers, cattle ranchers, mushroom growers, food foresters and industry members came together to discuss the opportunities and challenges of small-scale farming in Southwest Florida.                … Read More