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Category: Natural Resources

Water Wednesdays Recap – Are Bioplastics Better?

Almost every single piece of plastic ever made still exists. As an alternative to the traditional plastics, we are hearing a new term more and more often – bioplastics. Are bioplastics better? Dr. Maia McGuire answered this question… Read More

Water Wednesdays Recap – DIY Beeswax Food Wraps

Water Wednesdays in September will feature Microplastics.   Microplastics include plastic particles with an upper size limit of 5 mm (0.2 inch). They come from a variety of sources. If you missed the talk on Sept. 9, here… Read More

How To Effectively Disinfect A Private Drinking Well

Hurricanes bring excessive rain. When heavy rains bring flooding to an area, your private well may not be safe to drink. It may be in danger of contamination from pollutants found in the flood waters. If your well… Read More

Water Wednesdays Recap – What Are Microplastics

We live in a world where we are surrounded by plastics. We can find plastics from packaging materials to appliances and medical devices. Plastics have brought many societal benefits, but our current approach to plastic use and disposal… Read More

Updates on Suspicious Seed Packets: How to properly dispose of seeds

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What is going on with the seeds? If you have not heard about these suspicious seed packets, visit this blog post for the full story. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) believes that the seeds may be… Read More

Water Wednesday Recap – Make Your Backyard a Wet Oasis for Wildlife

As our state continues to grow, wildlife is experiencing habitat loss due to development. In Florida, urban areas are a dominant feature in the landscape, and many of these urban areas are situated near natural wildlife preserves. What… Read More

Water Wednesday Recap – Water Gone Virtual

Do you know how much water you use on a daily basis? Have you heard of virtual water? Did you know that water is used to create nearly every product out there, including our food? Last Water Wednesday,… Read More

Digital Diagnostics: Getting answers to your plant problems during times of social distancing

Image of leaf spot on a plant

What is digital diagnostics? Digital diagnostics is the use of digital photos to identify problems. In the plant world, we can use digital diagnostics to answer questions about our plants. In times of social distancing and limited person-to-person… Read More

Water Wednesday Recap – Saving Water with Florida-Friendly Plants

Did you know half of our household water is used in lawns? Saving Florida’s water resources is a vital responsibility of everyone. Last Water Wednesday, I invited the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Agent, Tina McIntyre, to give us a talk… Read More