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Diversify the Landscape: Unique Groundcovers


May 25, 2020

A New Groundcover Appeal Tired of the mundane? The ordinary? The boring? Landscapes stippled with the same plant material make me lose my interest in their designs. Nonetheless, let us think outside the normal plant palette. With the next gardening ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Alachua, Diversify The Landscape, Environment, FFL, Florida Friendly, Florida-Friendly Landscapes, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardening, Groundcovers, Horticulture, Landscape, Landscape Design, UF/IFAS Extension

Attracting Wildlife with Unbridled Enthusiasm


May 8, 2020

Wildlife in the Environment "DAD! A BUMBLEBEE!” My son yelled excitingly the other day. Of course, it was a dragonfly, but to my two-year-old son, all flying insects are bumblebees. Five minutes later we found ourselves lifting logs, digging ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, Natural Resources, Recreation, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Alachua, Attracting Wildlife, Conservation, Ecosystem Services, Environment, FFL, Florida Friendly, Florida-Friendly Landscapes, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardening, Insects, Landscape, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife

The Arrival of Summertime Nostalgia


May 7, 2020

Summertime Nostalgia This time of year is exciting- The insatiable aromas of cookouts and BBQs fill the air. Summertime and the flavors of summer are very nostalgic. If you live on the west side of Gainesville and Alachua County, you may see ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Agriculture, FarmingAlachua, Food, Fruit. Florida Agriculture, Fruits And Vegetables, Gardening, Home Gardening, Horticulture, Landscape, UF/IFAS Extension, Watermelons

Canning Food 101


April 9, 2020

Food Preservation has played a big role in my growing up, I remember picking vegetable in the garden and helping my parents preserve the produce. Living in a small rural community my family preserved most of our food from our large garden, ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agriculture, Curriculum, Food Safety, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Farmers Markes, Food Preservation, Food Safety, Food Temperature, Fruits And Vegetables, Gardening, Health And Wellness, Healthy Eating, Pressure Canning, Processed Food, Safe Food, UF/IFAS Extension, Vegetable Gardening, Water Bath Canning

The Garden Awaits: April Gardening in Alachua County


April 1, 2020

April is Almost Here Bees are buzzing, flowers blooming, and many plants are awaking from their winter-time slumber. Although many of us are cooped-up and getting a little stir-crazy, the garden awaits. Gardening is one of our most powerful ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Lawn, Pests & Disease
Tags: Environment, FFL, Florida Friendly, Florida-Friendly Landscapes, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Food, Fruits, Fruits And Vegetables, Gardening, Landscape, Landscape Management, Management, Plant Selection, Vegetable Gardening, Vegetables

Emeralds of the Landscape: Florida’s Blueberries


March 15, 2020

An Important Agricultural Commodity Sprinkled around Alachua County, these tiny, blue, and sweet agricultural emeralds flourish. They are found at large agricultural production farms or in someone’s backyard. Of course, I am referring to ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Agriculture, Blueberries, FarmingAlachua, Florida, Food, Fruit, Gardening

The Power of Spuds


February 17, 2020

The Powerful Spud Last Friday was Valentine’s Day, so, like always, I end up singing “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News. As an extension agent, Valentine’s Day also serves as an excellent reminder to plant potatoes in North ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Backyard Gardens, Food, Fruits And Vegetables, Gardening, Potato, Potatoes, Vegetable Gardening

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