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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 refuge is paramount. … 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 ease of the… Read More

Garden Guide and Journal Available for Sale

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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 12-Month Garden Guide… 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 wonder has generated… Read More

Growing Happy Houseplants

sansiveria houseplants

Houseplants are becoming increasingly popular, and rightfully so—from unique plants to fun and quirky containers, they are a great addition to your home décor. How do you know what plants will grow well in your home? Follow these… Read More

Vegetable Gardening Link Round-Up from UF/IFAS Extension

Vegetable Gardening

Are you looking for information on growing vegetables in Florida? We have gathered all of the UF/IFAS fact sheets and websites for you. Vegetables from A-Z (get information on specific vegetables) Starting the Garden Using Seeds Starting the… Read More

Growing Bulbs in Central Florida

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Bulbs can be grown in yards throughout Florida, but they are not the traditional tulips and daffodils you would find in northern climates. Plant your bulbs in sun to partial sun locations in spring, summer, or fall, depending… Read More

Mosquitoes in and around your home

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The arrival of summer temperatures and summer rainfall bring to mind another of our summer arrivals: mosquitoes.  These pesky insects are a reality to residents of Florida, and questions associated with disease spread and the best repellents are… Read More

Springtime blooms for the garden (and our pollinator friends, too!)

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Springtime color welcomes birds, butterflies, native bees and other pollinators! Did you know that urban pollinator gardens offer not just beauty, but also places of refuge, protection and nourishment for our airborne wildlife? These blooms, mostly from Florida… Read More

Build your own pollinator hotel

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What is a Pollinator Hotel? A pollinator hotel is a habitat for bees and wasps that is created from a variety of materials. Why Build a Pollinator Hotel? If you would like to support native pollinators that are… Read More