Vermicomposting – Serious Gardener’s Hobby

Vermicomposting is composting with worms. The worms eat organic materials ideally balanced with both carbon and nitrogen elements.  They produce castings – worm “poop.” The castings become the end product, vermicompost, a wonderful soil additive. Soil improvements Vermicompost… Read More

A party with a purpose! Mark your calendars for the 2018 Cortez Fishing Festival

Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival February 17th & 18th, 2018 This year marks the 36th anniversary of the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival! Every February for almost four decades, people have gathered in one of Florida’s last true fishing villages… Read More

December 3rd Dining in Day “Family Meals”

By AMBER WARD, Extension Program Manager, Family Nutrition Program Please join the UF/IFAS Extension- Sarasota (Manatee)team in celebrating FCS Dining In Day (also known as Family Youth and Consumer Science Day) by posting a selfie of you preparing or… Read More

Wilt Disease Hits Laurel Trees Including Avocados

A tree showing the first signs of laurel wilt (yellowing leaves).

“What is happening to these trees?” The plant diagnostic clinic at UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County frequently receives calls from residents concerned about dying trees along the roadsides.  Trees in the Laurel family, including redbay, swamp bay, sassafras, and… Read More