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Category: Home Landscapes

What’s Buzzing Me, Mosquito Be Gone!

Researcher Karen McKenzie raised these female in captivity. They do not carry disease.

From the coast to sandhills, pastures to homestead, dozens of mosquito species are found around Florida homes and neighborhoods. They ease through life in one of four forms – egg, larvae, pupa or adult. As adults, some vector… Read More

Avocado Selection, Storage and Preparation

Delicious green avocados are a nutrient-dense fruit, not a vegetable.  They contain healthy fatty acids, essential amino acids, and more than 20 vitamins and minerals, plus they are a good source of fiber.  They have more potassium than… Read More

Watermelon Is More Than Dessert

A family reunion, summer BBQ, picnic or get together jsut isn’t complete without a delicious slice of sweet juicy watermelon. Watermelons come in all shapes, sizes, red and yellow meat colors and some are seedless.  Watermelons are listed… Read More

Fruit of Your Labor

lady with pink hat seen behind an overgrown muscadine grape vine

Properly placed trees create cover for song birds, beautify landscapes, increase property value, provide screening and may reduce energy usage. We fit fruiting trees and vines in our landscape because the man of the mower enjoys eating food… Read More

“Can Anyone Out There Help Me?”

UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardeners serve the community. Image of bees, flowers, landscape and people talking

UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Extension Master Gardeners provide University of Florida research based horticulture options, multiply outreach of UF/IFAS Extension offices, saving taxpayer dollars and fill a gap in services. Nature Coast Master Gardeners… Read More

Canning Food 101

Food Preservation has played a big role in my growing up, I remember picking vegetable in the garden and helping my parents preserve the produce.  Living in a small rural community my family preserved most of our food… Read More

Managing Stress Unique to Your Situation

COVID - 19 is world wide. How do we manage stress in a positive way during a pandemic/

Dr. Heidi Liss Radunovich, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Associate Professor UF/IFAS Extension, made a presentation on managing stress during a pandemic. Radunovich’s goal was twofold; “help citizens understand how the stress related to Covid-19 is affecting us, as well… Read More

Proper Food Storage and Food Safety

Store Food Properly to Prevent A Major Food Safety Risk According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the improper storage of food is one of the major food safety risks that is easily preventable.  I… Read More