Placing the right plant in the right place is crucial for gardening success, especially in the challenging climate we have here. Most of us are familiar with plant hardiness zones but have you heard of heat zones?
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Are mosquitoes running you off your porch in the evenings? If so, you are not alone. My social media feed is full of people asking for advice on how to get rid of these pests, especially now that four cases of malaria have been locally acquired ... READ MORE
Nothing brings whimsy and fun into the garden quite like butterflies. Butterfly gardens make attractive landscape features as well as provide habitat for butterflies and other beneficial insects. Food, shelter, and water sources should be ... READ MORE
100 years ago, in 1923, the incredibly forward-thinking members of the Avondale Garden Circle began planting native species in a park that the City of Jacksonville set aside in the 1921 plat of the Avondale neighborhood. Their goal was to ... READ MORE
You might be surprised to learn that some of the most popular plants purchased in the past 5 years, never made it outdoors.
That’s right. Houseplants continue to trend in gardening categories worldwide. You may only associate houseplants ... READ MORE
There is no better month for pink flowers than June and no better flower than crinums for a vigorous, rich explosion of bright, blowsy, fuscia PINK! Many of our Duval County Master Gardeners are grew up around long stretches of crinums in ... READ MORE
Plants should be looking good in full growth. If our yard has a well-balanced ecosystem, pests and diseases are usually minor. Birds need caterpillars to feed their young. Bees and butterflies are busy gathering nectar and pollen while ... READ MORE
The blueberry bushes planted at the Duval County Extension office are chock full of berries just about to ripen. I can hardly wait until I am able to snack on some as I work. If you also love these sweet little berries, you should incorporate ... READ MORE
National Arbor Day, a day for celebrating the contributions of trees, is next Friday, April 28th. The first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska. J. Sterling Morton, who was the secretary of the Nebraska Territory at the time, ... READ MORE
By Tonya Ashworth, Extension Agent
Right now, my plants outside look a bit sad. But, like many gardeners, I can’t go for too long without getting some dirt under my fingernails. So, to pass the time as we wait for spring, we turn ... READ MORE