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A test to check the germination rate of old seeds

Have old seeds packets and wondering if the seeds are still viable to grow in the garden? Many seeds will last for years if stored correctly in a cool, dry, indoor environment. Follow these simple steps to test… Read More

Fall Seed Sale – Local Pick Up Only

Just in time for your fall gardens, the Master Gardeners are pleased to present seeds for this upcoming season. Now is also an excellent time to scatter/plant native flowers and other cool-living varieties, so don’t forget your pollinator… Read More

Suicide Awareness & Prevention

September is Suicide prevention month bringing awareness to the issue might save a life. We have all met with challenges over our lifetime. Previously, I was in the public school system and sadly there are many children that… Read More

Non-native Invasive Plants Common to Central Florida

Part of having a Florida-Friendly landscape is following principle #1, Right Plant, Right Place. Criteria for being the right plant for the right place includes: • Suitable for our climate (Central Florida is USDA Hardiness Zone 9B) •… Read More

Plant Stressors: 10 Ways You Unknowingly Stress Your Plants

Plant Stressors Plants can help us overcome stress in a variety of ways, but did you realize your plant can exhibit stress symptoms as well.  A stressed plant is more susceptible to insect and disease problems.  Here are… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Master Gardener Volunteer Projects Earn International Recognition

UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer programs will be recognized for excellence during the 2021 International Master Gardener Conference, hosted by the Virginia Extension Master Gardener Program. Typically, the awards are presented in person, however, due to… Read More

The Importance of Planning in the Garden

As we move towards the fall and cool season gardening, consider the importance of garden planning. Landscape planning and design is well known, but do you plan your edible gardens? From vegetables to herbs to fruit trees, planning… Read More

Lightning Safety for Floridians

Florida is popular for its outdoor attractions with numerous beaches, pools, roller coasters, and great golfing opportunities. It can be tempting to stay out all day. However, with outdoor activities comes thunderstorms and, with it, lightning. Let’s review… Read More

Celebrate Pollinator Week June 21-27

Calling all gardeners (and all who want to be gardeners)! Would you like to learn how to help our natural environment and add beauty to your yard?  Join in this year’s annual international celebration of Pollinator Week!  This… Read More