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Hurricane Season June First thru November 30th

cans & bottles of non perishable foods for hurricane pantry

Preparation Hurricane season will be upon us June first.  As if we didn’t already have enough to keep our pantry challenged, add to it the task of stocking up for storm season.  But this can be accomplished even… Read More

Pesticide Exams Now Open at Indian River County Extension

cockroach

Pesticide exams will once again be administered at the Indian River County Extension Office with strict social distancing rules in place.  Exams will be given every Thursday in two shifts: 12:30-2:30pm and 3:00- 5:00pm, until further notice. There… Read More

Composting Tips for the Homeowner

Spring is in the air!  Gardening beds are being changed over and people are starting their warm-season landscape maintenance.  Its time to consider what to do with all of last season’s spent vegetation and plants parts.  How about… Read More

Looking up from Covid-19 Part 2 of 2

Part 2- Finding Supplies and Coping The Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic is changing our lives at this time, whether we want it to or not.  Social distancing, frequent sanitizing of door knobs, supply shortages, and masks are becoming all… Read More

Looking up from Covid-19 – Part 1 of 2

Children playing with large bubbles in a field

For most of us, the Covid-19 illness may be little more than an inconvenience.  Not everyone is going to come down with Covid-19 pneumonia. However, as health officials advise staying home as a way to prevent the further… Read More

Pesticide CEU’s Available Online

Boy watching a waterbug insect in a jar of water

Recently, all UF/IFAS Extension person-to-person meetings have been rescheduled for a later date.  Due to health concerns, there will be no in-person Pesticide Training nor Pesticide Applicator Exams until further notice.  If your license is set to expire… Read More

Indian River County Extension Updates: May 26, 2020

Orange Folder, Florida state cut-out, and Smartphone

Indian River County Cooperative Extension office is open for telephone chats and e-mail.  We will be accepting face to face appointments only for those who do not have access to e-mail or smart phone with proper masks worn. … Read More

Indian River County Extension Accepts Peanut Butter Challenge

A line of peanut butter jars along countertop

By Yvonne Florian, Indian River Extension, Program Assistant and Christine Kelly-Begazo. Indian River County Extension has taken up the Challenge!! For the past few years, the UF IFAS Extension offices in the Florida Panhandle, where the country’s second… Read More

Building Social Strength and Self Confidence Through Public Speaking

2017 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking County Contest Winners and Judges

by Darren Cole, Indian River County Extension Youth Development Agent and Joshua Kutyna, Indian River County Extension Program Assistant The main focus of the Indian River County 4-H program is to facilitate the learning of life skills by… Read More

Companion Planting: A Beneficial Friendship

UF community gardens adn bat houses. Photo taken on 04-14-17.

Companion Planting for Improved Health in the Garden Bed by Yvonne Florian and Nickie Munroe Looking to give your vegetable or fruit garden even more color? How about some added benefits of pest protection to go along with… Read More

May-June Bug Season

close up of beetle

Back in May I noticed numerous half-inch brown beetles congregating around my porch light every evening at around 10:00 PM.  Most householders in Florida deal with their dried-out bodies under outdoor lights, in shallow plant saucers, or in… Read More

Beautiful Bromeliads and Mischievous Mosquitoes

blooming burgundy bromeliad in the morning sun

In January, 2016, I moved back to Florida from another southern state.  It was great to see familiar plants and to be able to go to the beach again.I love the dizzying varieties of beautiful bromeliads, but could… Read More

Growing Bananas in Florida

"Rajapuri" banana blossom, photo by Yvonne Florian

There are hundreds of varieties of Bananas, Musa spp,  available for the  Florida home gardener.  The one we are most familiar with from childhood is the typical grocery store variety, ‘Cavendish‘.  However, this was not the first commercial… Read More

Hibiscus and Some Relatives

bright red Hibiscus flower

The Malvaceae family Most all Floridians are familiar with the large tropical evergreen Hibiscus, Rosa sinenis.  It is bright and sunny and totally tropical looking with gorgeous flowers that bloom nearly year round.  Vero Beach, in particular, is… Read More

Bulbs for the Florida Home Landscape

Crinum lily flowrs

Written by Leslie Munroe and Yvonne Florian If you wish to brighten up a shady spot in your landscape, why not try planting some bulbs?  But not tulips, daffodils, or crocuses. Those are the bulbs for northern climates… Read More

Orchids: Beauty and Easy-Care

close up of orchid blooms

A half-day field trip to Orchid Jungle down in South Florida put orchids on my list of ‘MUST HAVE’ plants.  The scents and beauty of the blooms took my breath away.  There was even an orchid which smelled… Read More