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Bees and Wasps: What to know and when to be concerned

Dirt mounds indicate a ground nesting bee or wasp is present. Photo credit: Anne Yasalonis, UF/IFAS Extension

There has been a lot of publicity surrounding the Asian giant hornet in the United States, but as of today, the hornets (Vespa mandarinia) have only been found in Washington state. Of course, insects can… Read More

Plants Need Social Distancing Too

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Social distancing has become an all-too important description of our healthy relationships with one another during the pandemic.  Did you know plants can benefit from “distancing” too?  In fact, for central Florida gardeners, “distancing” in… Read More

Gardening During the Pandemic: Finding a Refuge

Gardens have been associated with healing since ancient times, and people have long turned to gardens as places of refuge.  During these current days of health, economic and other concerns, the need for healing and… Read More

Community Garden Virtual School

Several raised gardens with art and vegetables in them

Join UF/IFAS Extension for a 6-part webinar series on community gardening. Presenters from across southwest Florida will share best practices on a variety of community garden management, sustainability, and horticulture topics. Growing Garden Leaders, Community… Read More

Caladiums: Big Color for Shady Gardens

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Caladiums are tuber plants in the Araceae family, which are best known for their fabulous foliage.  Even if you have what is construed to be a “brown thumb”, you will be pleasantly surprised at the… Read More

Brahminy Blind Snake

UF IFAS Extension Office Sign

Perhaps while working in your yard you have come across an animal that looked very much like an earthworm… but not quite… have you considered it might be a snake?  Next time, take another look…. Read More

Garden Guide and Journal Available for Sale

Your Polk Yard, Guide and Journal cover photo

How do you plan your garden and landscape for the upcoming season? Do you need a place to refer to for monthly tips and to record garden successes (and failures)? The Your Polk Yard, a… Read More

Blue Calamintha Bee

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  Who hasn’t heard about the rediscovery of the rare blue calamintha bee in Florida, most likely thought to be extinct? It would surprise me if you hadn’t heard because this little blue ball of… Read More