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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

Bird Watching Series: Songbirds (Part 2)

Week 2 of Songbirds! How many songbirds were you able to identify last week from part 1?  If you missed it last week’s Songbirds (Part 1)  post, click here. This week, we will be learning more “Songbirds”.  These birds… Read More

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 Watching Series? I… 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