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Category: Agriculture

Herbs in the Winter Garden

Potted basil varieties for sale

Herbs are a tasty way to add some zing and zip to your meals.  Most herbs are high in nutrients and phytochemicals which add health benefits as well as flavor to foods. Leafy herbs should be added to… Read More

What is Ailing My St. Augustine Grass?

Grass on the banks of Lake Mize at the Austin Cary Memorial Forest.

What’s Wrong with my St. Augustine Grass? The Yellow Yard– About the time September rolls around, while the rainy season seems like it just will not end, some lawns may exhibit some yellowing.  Grass seems healthy except for… Read More

Update on unexpected Seeds from Foreign Countries

USDA botanist inspecting unsolicited seeds

Recently, many people in the United States have been receiving unsolicited packages from China, and other countries, which contain seeds, beads, jewelry, or other small items which had not been ordered.  The packages come with no label indicating… Read More

Announcing! New Virtual Plant Clinic with Indian River County Master Gardeners

cicada

The recent virus concerns have many of the usual county services offices closed to walk in traffic.  However, this does NOT mean these services are not available.  Some are available through the drive in window.  Others will require… Read More

Gardening with Ginger and Turmeric

Here in South Florida there are many species of spices we can grow in our gardens.  Ginger, Zingiber officinale, and Turmeric, Curcuma longa, are just two popular spices that can grow well in our Florida gardens. Both are… Read More

Summer Vegetable Gardening

Seminole pumpkins

As if we needed another reason to call Florida ‘Special’, what with our state hanging out into the water and located south of the rest of the nation.  Here in Central Florida, we even seem to do our… Read More

Cover Cropping in Summer

Sunflowers as cover crop, UF/IFAS photo by Tyler Jones

In the Wilting Heat Many Floridians choose not to grow any edibles during the summer in order to let the garden beds rest.  It is generally a hostile time of year to be doing very much in the… 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