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Category: Agriculture

Bird Watching Series: Songbirds (Part 1)

This week is all about songbirds! There are many other songbirds in Central Florida you can identify, but here are a few we can practice this week.  Have you been following along with our weekly Bird… Read More

Bird Watching Series: Woodpeckers

Have you been practicing your bird identification skills from last week? I hope you were able to identify one new bird outside. If you missed it last week’s Raptors & Vultures post, click here. This week,… 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). With Blossom end rot, tomatoes begin to rot while still on the plant, opposite of 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… Read More

Bird Watching Series: Birds of Prey

During these uncertain times everyone is trying to find ways to pass the time, whether this means being unproductive or productive. One PRODUCTIVE and educational way we can pass the time is by learning about… Read More

Helping Buyers and Sellers Connect During COVID-19 Disruptions to Florida Food Markets

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to Florida food markets. Sales of food products to restaurants and schools have fallen drastically. Some farmers markets have closed. Sales through grocery stores spiked upward initially, but… 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… 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… Read More