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Cool Temperature Turf Grass Management

frost on grass

It may seem laughable to most Americans that Florida does experience a “real winter”.  However, there are many who are very aware that the temperatures have dropped and that their plants are reacting to this… Read More

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

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

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

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

Hurricane Prep for your Pool

Concrete swimming pool

In the frenzy of preparing for an impending hurricane, many of those with residential pools overlook steps needed to prepare the pool for a major storm.  Following are some tips, do’s and don’ts when it… 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… Read More