Category: Fruits & Vegetables

Summer Herbs: From the Garden to the Kitchen Class

Have you ever wanted to start your own Herb Garden? Fresh herbs are a great way to add healthy nutrients to your recipes. Herbs offer Vitamins, antioxidants, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits. They also provide abundant flavor to any… Read More

Common Tropical Fruit Tree Problems

I’ve practiced horticulture for 25 years, worked with tropical fruit for 20 of those years, and just recently I celebrated five years as a commercial tropical fruit extension agent for UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County. It stands to reason… Read More

UF Leads Trend to Open Food Businesses with Workshops

FELLSMERE, Fla. – Kimberly and George Vecchio wanted to reinvent their 20-acre farm near Vero Beach from mostly animals to produce so they could start a food business. Though George had been a gourmet chef for more than… Read More

Invasion of lubber grasshoppers

They’re back…the annual invasion of the lubber grasshoppers. Small lubber grasshoppers appear to bubble up from the soil forming a black mass that move in groups as they consume plants along the way. Don’t procrastinate!

Controlling Pest Nematodes: A Big Problem in Vegetable Gardens

Nematodes are a big  problem for home vegetable gardeners, especially when vegetable production goes down. In Florida, there are no approved chemicals for use in home gardens. To battle nematodes, use some of the cultural practices in this post. As a result, you will… Read More

April Gardening Tips

by Les Harrison At last it looks like the winter of 2018 has finished, at least in north Florida.  The storm systems which are still heaping snow and ice on the northern tier states are producing April showers… Read More

Horticulture and Gardening Classes Offered Monthly at the Libraries

Residents can attend free classes at the Wakulla and Franklin County Libraries the first three Tuesdays of each month. Topics for the 90 minute modules cover a variety of locally applicable horticulture and gardening related subject. Check the… Read More

St. Lucie County Master Gardener Spring into Gardening Festival

UF/IFAS St. Lucie County Master Gardener Spring into Gardening Festival, Saturday May 12th. A free fun-filled event for the whole family. Plants ranging from fruit trees to butterfly plants will be for sale. Try samplings of tropical fruits… Read More

Bug Word of the Day: Central-Place Forager

Central-place foragers are animals that return to the same nest in between foraging trips, collecting their food, or food for their offspring, in an area around that nest. Animals that are not central-place foragers instead roam continuously, foraging… Read More