Information for the 2017-2018 4-H year membership enrollments and fees. 4HOnline enrollments and payments go live for the new 4-H year on August 17, 2017. This system is used to keep track of all youth and volunteers that are… Read More
Both lizards (anoles) and skinks are classified in a larger sense as lizards. They inhabit similar environments (tree) and both feed on insects, spiders and small invertebrates which is why we categorize them as beneficial animals. Skinks are… Read More
As the summer draws to a close and the new school year begins, that can only mean one thing… the new 4-H year is coming! Did you know that adults play many critical roles in 4-H? These roles… Read More
The old Nutrition Facts label is more than 20 years old. In order to make sure consumers have access to more recent and accurate nutrition information about the foods they are eating, it’s time to make changes to… Read More
Q: You identified the plant I brought into your office as an invasive plant, the Chinese wisteria. But I love the purple flowers. I removed it but do you have a suggestion for a vine I could use… Read More
A: Some possible choices of shrubs are Pittosporum, Yaupon Holly, Lantana, or Silverthorn (Elaeagnus pungens). Ask you local nursery about dwarf varieties which would be a good choice to grow in pots. There are several varieties of Lantana… Read More
Q: My compost pile is growing mold and it looks terrible. The area seems to pool water. What can I do?
A: It would appear the area is too wet and the site is not allowing enough air to circulate around the pile. You could re-grade the area to ensure proper drainage. It is possible to raise the whole… Read More
Q: I have some plants I want to be sure survive any freezing temperatures. What should I do to protect them?
A: Watering landscape plants 24-48 hours before a freeze can help protect plants. A well watered soil will absorb more solar radiation than dry soil and will reradiate heat during the night. This practice elevates minimum night temperatures… Read More
What is “STEAM”? Science, technology, engineering, agriculture (or art!), and math! It is important that youth have opportunities to engage in these fields, as they instill critical thinking, curiosity, global engagement, and the confidence to change the world… Read More
A review of Ballard (2017) Growing up in 4-H, I saw myself as a real scientist. I took water quality samples for LakeWatch, informed fellow 4-H youth about deadly amoeba in Florida lakes, and used bug collections to… Read More