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Tag: Orange County

New Vegetable Gardener — Organic Practices in the Backyard Vegetable Garden

When a group of backyard gardeners get together and talk about the organic practices they use in the vegetable gardens, you will often hear information that is confusing, such as I don’t use chemicals in my garden, I… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Gardening with Fewer Pesticides – Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Pesticides are greatly misunderstood by many and incorrectly used by some. Do we need to use pesticides at all in the vegetable garden? I know many of you just jumped on this question with a resounding “NO!” You… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Soil Testing; pH and Nutrients

It is always good to know if you have sufficient nutrients in the soil and if the soil will allow your vegetable plants to take up those nutrients. This is a simple test and should be performed once… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Irrigation and Fertilizer (Getting a Little Technical)

This topic is very critical to the productivity of your new vegetable garden. Water and fertilizer are closely linked. Without water, nutrients (fertilizer) will not be made available to your plants. Without nutrients, water, and sunlight, plants cannot… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Florida Soil Needs Help

So far we have discussed the need for a new calendar for growing vegetables, answered the question if reclaimed water was safe to use in the vegetable garden, how to grow seeds into transplants, why you should grow… Read More

IMPROVING CULINARY SKILLS THROUGH THE COOK SMART, EAT SMART PROGRAM.

V. Zabala, UF/IFAS Extension Orange County, Orlando, FL. Situation: In general, foods prepared away from home provide more calories, sodium, and saturated fats than foods prepared at home. The Food & Drug Administration reports that for the average… Read More

SCIENCE-BASED SOCIAL MEDIA EXPANDS EXTENSION EDUCATION

H. Wooten, UF/IFAS Extension, Orange County, Orlando, FL Situation: The public is increasingly engaged in social media resulting in shifting information gleaning from authoritative sources to social networks. Extension faces challenges reaching new, diverse audiences, while also supporting… Read More

Free Spring Fertilizing Webinar for Orange, Seminole and Volusia Counties

Did you know the decision we make in our home landscapes can help or hurt the environment? Fertilizing properly is one easy thing residents can do to reduce nutrient pollution and protect our waterways and natural resources. Many… Read More

COVID-19 Stress: Maintaining a Healthy Home Environment

Is your family struggling with Coronavirus uncertainties that are causing high levels of stress?  Are your kids at home due to mandatory school closures? To reduce stress levels during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to start by… Read More

The Terry Floyd Scholarship to be Increased to Secure Funds for 4-H Youth Scholarships

The Orange 4-H Association decided to increase the Terry Floyd Scholarship Endowment, thanks to an anonymous gift and savings from various 4-H fundraisers established by the 4-H Agents in Orange County. This donation will secure three scholarships, two for… Read More