Category: Natural Resources

Florida Cattle and Environmental Impact Statistics

In the technological advanced world we live in today, many people take to Facebook or other social media outlets to receive their “news”.  This is not the best way to get unbiased news because majority of people use… 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

Are You Florida-Friendly?

A Hummingbird feeds on a Native Honeysuckle.

  Learning to Landscape 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… Read More

Highlands County Master Gardener class starting January 26th

Close-up of red and green caladium foliage.

Sharpen your gardening skills! Highlands County Master Gardener Class is getting ready to start. Every year, the last Saturday in January, the class begins. The classes are every Wednesday after opening day until the last Wednesday in March…. Read More

Agriculture tours make for a great day to see the Real Florida

An assortment of Florida grown agriculture commodities, including tomatoes, potatoes, and citrus. Photo taken 05-09-16.

Florida Agriculture When you think of Florida, you may think of citrus. In Highlands County we live among the many orange groves. We are the 3-4th largest citrus producing county in the state, depending on the year. We… Read More

Milkweed, Food for Butterflies

A Monarch Butterfly rests on Blue Porterweed inside a butterfly house. Photo by David Austin

By David Austin with co-author Master Gardener, Lesa Morey. Milkweed is food for butterflies Milkweed is a plant best known as a specific host plant sought out by certain butterflies; notably the well-known Monarch Butterfly and lesser considered… Read More