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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

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

Beekeeping, not just a hobby.

Worker Honey bee feeds on pink salvia flower

The incredible honey bee There is nothing quite like a the honey bee. They are one of natures great pollinators. While doing that job they store wonderful honey. They also store pollen, form propolis and they produce something called… Read More

Trouble with Tomatoes

Lots of red tomatoes

Not how we do it up North? When it comes to gardening, Florida is just different.  Northern gardener bite their lips and try not to scream when they first try their craft in Florida. It’s not that great… Read More

Silent Invader: Mexican Petunia, Ruellia simplex

Closeup of two Ruellia flowers UF/IFAS Photo: Tyler Jones.

Love and Hate Facebook gardening groups will light up at the mention of Mexican Petunia, Ruellia simplex.  Comments like “Worst weed ever!”, “My favorite plant!”, “Invasive! Pull it out quickly!”, and “It’s so easy to grow, I love… Read More

Silent Invader: Lantana

Close up of lab grown Orange Lantana Flower

Silent Invaders When we think of things as being invasive we often imagine something like water Hyacinths covering every inch of a waterway or acres of Brazilian Peppers blocking out the sun where nothing else will grow. Invasive… Read More

Plans on the way for 2nd Garden Festival

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

Let it Grow The Highlands County Master Gardeners took a leap of faith last year and it paid off. The annual plant sale became a Garden Festival. Their theme, “Let it Grow” described the process to a Tee…. Read More