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Category: NATURAL RESOURCES

Fall Plant Care for the Entertainment Season

pretty pink UF poinsettias

It is officially Fall.  We have been given an extra hour of sleep.  And we have been robbed of several degrees of warmth.  We now have great weather for sipping warm drinks and working on… Read More

National Guacamole Day, September 16th

Guacamole in a bowl

September 16th is National Guacamole Day!  Wait, I love Guacamole. How did I not hear about this before now? The Humble Avocado Here in Florida, early settlers to the state called them Alligator-pears.  Where I… Read More

Florida Palm Trees and Pruning

Wind & Sabal palmetto in advance of a storm

Iconic Florida When folks throughout the world think of Florida, they usually think of alligators, sunshine, palm trees, and hurricanes.  Most long-time Florida residents know what to expect concerning each of these things. The Bad… Read More

5 Salt Tolerant Native Plants for Coastal Florida

trailing flowering vine on the beach

By Leslie N. Munroe with Yvonne Florian Land erosion is an issue all over the state of Florida because of our sandy soils and abundant rain.  The Indian River County Extension office receives numerous inquiries… Read More

Fall Gardening: Right Here, Right Now

an onion patch with a hand-painted garden sign stating little veg

by Leslie Munroe & Yvonne Florian Right Here, Right Now Fall 2021 growing season is here.  Have you started your vegetable garden yet?  If your answer is, “no”, here are a few tips to help… Read More

Indian River County Extension Peanut Butter Challenge 2021

tubs full of jarred peanut butter

By Christine Kelly-Begazo, Indian River County Agricultural Extension Agent III, The Peanut Butter Challenge, UF/IFAS Extension’s annual jar collection for local food pantries that launched in the Florida Panhandle in 2012, is again spreading statewide… Read More

Arachnophobia and Florida Residents

Early morning dew drops caught on a spiders web and dragonfly's wings

The Other Florida Residents Generally, Florida residents are pretty hardy souls. For instance, early settlers required a healthy fear of bears. Florida Black Bears lived throughout the state at that time and were of great… Read More

Summer Vegetable Gardening: Cover Crops and Garden Planning

crimson clover and Celosia

Written By Leslie Munroe and Yvonne Florian. Gardening once again became America’s pastime this past year due to “stay at home” and “social distancing” mandates.  Many people took up vegetable gardening to pass the time… Read More

My Covid-19 Vaccination Journey

Cars in line at vaccination site

By Violet Krochmalny and Christine Kelly-Begazo. Update: On April 28th, the Florida Department of Health and Indian River County Emergency Services announced the closing of the COVID-19 vaccination site at the Indian River Fairgrounds. The… Read More