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Florida Friendly Demonstration Garden at UF/IFAS Extension Polk County

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Have you visited the Florida-Friendly Landscaping (FFL) Demonstration Gardens at UF/IFAS Extension Polk County in Bartow? These gardens feature the nine principles of FFL and received a state award in 2019. The gardens are open… Read More

Support local UF programs this Giving Day, Feb. 18

Highlights Support Polk County Agri-Fest by visiting https://givingday.ufl.edu/campaigns/polk-county-extension#/ Residents throughout Florida can support the University of Florida by donating on Gator Giving Day, Feb. 18 Gifts support local UF/IFAS Extension offices, research centers, teaching, and… Read More

Spring Plant Sale

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The Spring Plant Sale will be in Lakeland on April 23 and 24 from 7:30 am-noon for reservation only. Reserve your tickets here. Tickets are for a 30 minute shopping time blocks. If you are… Read More

Planning your Spring Vegetable Garden

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Even though it is still the winter season in central Florida, it is time to think about what vegetables you will plant, grow, and harvest this spring.  Spring gardening in central Florida starts when the… Read More

Monarchs get all the love: How to increase butterfly diversity in your yard

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When it comes to butterfly gardening, monarch butterflies seem to get all the love.  Monarchs are the butterfly “homecoming queens”! They are drama queens, too, as they lead fascinating lives of intrigue, participating each year… Read More

Saving up for the holidays

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Throughout the year, I collect pinecones, acorns, grasses, and seedpods in my yard and on hikes (where permitted).  However, in the fall I really step up my activity.  Mother nature is drying some of them… Read More

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