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Category: Agriculture

From the ‘Garden Bench’: Gardening Tips for Part-time Residents

Gardening Tips for Returning Part-Time Residents by Amy L. Stripe, Master Gardener Volunteer 2008 This is a busy time for Manatee County’s Master Gardeners! Our winter residents are arriving in droves and discovering “surprises” in their gardens; happily,… Read More

From the ‘Garden Bench’: Pomegranate

Growing a Pomegranate Tree By: Joy Derksen, Master Gardener Volunteer 2004 Come the holidays and I think of the pomegranate tree. Dressed up for the holidays with a quantity of ornament-like fruits hanging on the edges of the… Read More

Pollinators are Focus of Farm City Week Speech Contest

Manatee County students in grades six through 12 were eligible to compete in the annual Farm City Week Manatee River Soil and Water Conservation District speech contest on November 12th.  http://manateeriverswcd.com/  Designed to develop leadership through participation in public… Read More

Master Gardener Gardening Bench: Strawberries

Strawberries By John Dawson, Master Gardener Volunteer 2007 Here in Central Florida, now is the time to plant strawberries. Find more articles on exciting topics here.  The home garden strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, is a hybrid species that… Read More

Master Gardener Garden Bench: Down the Garden Path

Down the Garden Path By Norma Kisida, Master Gardener Volunteer 2012 Article from the September 2019 addition of the award winning Master Gardening Bench monthly newsletter created by the Master Gardener Volunteers of Manatee County.  If you enjoy gardens you… Read More

Wanted: Air Potato Beetles

Wanted: Air Potato Beetles As the summer season begins to dwindle, requests continue to meander into the UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County’s Master Gardener Plant Clinic for Air Potato Beetles. Why would someone request a beetle? These beetles (Lilioceris… Read More