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Florida’s Great Pumpkins

2 decorated pumpkins

The Season for the Pumpkin The Autumn season screams cooler weather, warm colors, rich spices, and Pumpkin.  I adore pumpkin, including all its many varieties.  There are also many ways to prepare the winter squash,… Read More

Avocados!

Avocados with a halved avocado with pit

Avocado! One of the major attractions of Florida for many people is our ability to grow a variety of tropical and subtropical fruits.  It was at the very top of my list when I decided… 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… Read More

View of Pollinators

Duranta shrub flowers

Outside my office window is a large bush dappled in diminutive dangling white flowers.  And butterflies!  This Duranta ‘Alba’, or “Golden-Dew-Drop”, is so distracting that I find myself frequently glancing at the antics of its… 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… 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… 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… 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… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local… Read More