Tag: Polk County

A few tips on including flowers with wildlife value in your yard

Bee on Rosinweed

Creating a maintaining a landscape that attracts desirable wildlife, such as bees, butterflies, and birds, is easy to do.  Follow these simple tips to get started! 1. Start small – and have a bit of a plan. Gardens evolve… Read More

Must Have Flowers – One gardener’s updated approach to gardening

Bee on Rosinweed

“I must have flowers, always, and always.” ― Claude Monet Like most gardeners, I can relate to this quote. I love flowers, and as a lifetime gardener, one goal has always been, if possible, to have “something” blooming… Read More

Good job Polk County Residents! An Earth Day Message of Hope

Salvia 'Wendy's Wish' and Black Eyed Susan

Earth Day is always a great time to focus on Florida’s environmental health.  It can be discouraging to read about declining water quality, disappearing natural habitat and other problems facing our irreplaceable natural resources.  Ready to hear some… Read More

Garden To-Do’s – Beneficial Insects

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One of the great things about our dry, warm April is the burgeoning population of insects. Yikes! Am I crazy? Nope; when prey insect numbers rise, predator insects have plenty to eat. That’s a great thing for gardeners… Read More

Springtime in the Florida-Friendly Landscape

Weedin' Sign

Springtime in Central Florida is a great time to garden and attend to “spring cleaning” in our landscapes.  So, gather up your gloves and tools and consider the following spring-time garden projects: Pruning Around the beginning of March… Read More

Polish Sausage Sauerkraut Recipe & Growing Cabbage in Central Florida

Vegetable Gardening

This recipe is a sure crowd-pleaser and is greatly welcomed at Master Gardener potlucks. The recipe originally came from my dad’s family, but my mom improved on it! Into a large pot (or crockpot), put: 1 Polish sausage… Read More

A must do in gardening: Vegetable crop rotation

Vegetable Garden

One of the wonderful benefits of living in Florida is that it allows for year-round gardening! Community gardens and yards alike are colorfully decorated with favorites such as onions, squash, basil, tomatoes and more. If you’re anything like… Read More

Request a speaker for your adult or youth group

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Are you looking for a speaker for your civic organization, club, or school classroom? Consider a gardening program from UF/IFAS Extension Polk County.  We have a variety of gardening and landscaping programs for all ages. To request a… Read More