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Category: Horticulture

Easy Tips to Rooting Plants

Easy tips to rooting plants with the Hometown Gardener

What is propagation? Propagation is simply the process of starting new plants. A common way of propagation is, of course, germinating seeds. Propagation with seeds is known as sexual propagation. Some problems with growing plants from seed are… Read More

Much Ado About Epsom Salt

Bright red clusters of Penta flowers

Healthy and happy gardening While many of you are confined to your homes, you may have found escape outdoors to your garden.  Whether harvesting fruits of your labor or just making your yard and surroundings beautiful with plants,… Read More

Summer Plantings for Florida Heat

A line up of Multicolored Caladium leaves

Florida’s summer plantings are different Florida’s Summer plantings need to be hardy if they are to make it through the heat and humidity. For the same reasons we don’t grow vegetables here in the summer; we also don’t… Read More

Blossom End Rot on Tomatoes

Lots of red tomatoes

What’s with the name? A common issue, when growing your own tomatoes in Florida, is blossom end rot (BER). The blossom end of the tomato is opposite of where the stem is connected to the fruit and where… Read More

Keeping Your Yard Florida-Friendly

Two alligators lounge tail to tail on a canal bank.

Keeping it Green If you are a gardener and you have lived anywhere else, you realize pretty quickly that Florida is different. The weather, the bugs and a whole lot of other gardening issues add to the difficulty…. Read More

What’s that black mold on my plant?

University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Science logo over the Florida Master Gardener Logo

That unsightly black stuff When a black film we call sooty mold visits your plants and covers the leaves you can be sure of at least one thing. You have an insect problem.  Most of you have seen… Read More

Master Gardener training begins January 25th

University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Science logo over the Florida Master Gardener Logo

Sharpen your gardening skills! Highlands County Master Gardener Class is getting ready to start. Every year, the last Saturday in January, the class kicks off. After that first Saturday class, classes will be on Wednesdays until the last… Read More

Don’t forget to eat your vegetables.

Close up of color fruits and vegetables

Your parents were right Your parents probably told you to eat your vegetables. Over and over again. You knew they were right, and hopefully you came to love them. Vegetables that is, I’m sure you love your parents… Read More

Master Gardener of the Year honored at banquet

University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Science logo over the Florida Master Gardener Logo

The Highlands County Master Gardeners held their year-end banquet at the Island View Restaurant Monday evening, and installed their new officers. They also honored some Master Gardeners that excelled at volunteering this year. Judi Bentley took home the… Read More

2nd Annual Garden Festival is Coming Together

The Highlands County Master Gardeners are having their 2nd Annual Garden Festival on the November 16, 2019

Last Year’s success It was not quite a year ago the Highlands County Master Gardeners had their inaugural Garden Festival and plant sale.  They themed it, Let It Grow!  And grow it did; from a great plant sale… Read More