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Category: Fruits & Vegetables

Is Beekeeping For You?

Is Beekeeping for You? by the Hometown Gardener. text only

To bee or not to bee? Could that be the question you are asking yourself? Because of my love of honey, the answer was yes for me. As I learned more about the honey bee and its uniqueness,… Read More

Time to Plant those Fall Vegetables!

Lots of red tomatoes

Some like it hot! If you grow your own vegetables in Florida you already know that our hot summer nights combined with high humidity is not an ideal situation for growing vegetables. Also, insects seem to thrive in… 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

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 the stem is… 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

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