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Hands holding harvested strawberries. Photo taken 02-05-20. UF/IFAS Photo by Cristina Carriz

Growing Strawberries in the Florida Home Garden

September 17, 2021

It is New Year’s Day. In the cool gray dawn, you sleepily slide your feet into a pair of slippers, still half-dreaming of the night before. No one else has woken up; the first fruits of the year are yours, and yours alone. At that thought, ... READ MORE

Category: Fruits & Vegetables
Tags: Craig K. Chandler, Home Garden Crops, Horticultural Sciences Department, Natalia A. Peres, Sriyanka Lahiri, Strawberries, Sydney Park Brown, Vance M. Whitaker
Green iguanas in South Florida.

Green Iguanas: The Changing Landscape

August 8, 2021

Coastal southern Florida has long been home to green iguanas. They came first as stowaways on ships. Then people began importing them to keep them as pets. The wild population grew when pets escaped or when people intentionally released their ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Invasive Species
Tags: Department Of Wildlife Ecology And Conservation, Elizabeth Fortner, Natalie M. Claunch, Paige Borcyk, Steve A. Johnson
Large Tree Nympha (Idea leucone). UF/IFAS Photo: Sally Lanigan.

Landscaping Backyards for Wildlife

June 4, 2021

June 5 is World Environment Day. This year, to celebrate, why not think about the wildlife environment of your own backyard—literally? Recently, the article Landscaping Backyards for Wildlife: Top Ten Tips for Success was updated on AskIFAS. ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Wildlife
Tags: Florida-Friendly Landscapes, Gregg Klowden, Kara N. Youngentob, Mark E. Hostetler, Sarah Webb Miller, Wildlife Ecology And Conservation Department, World Environment Day
Sliced avocado on a cutting board

Holy Guacamole, It’s Almost Avocado Season!

May 21, 2021

Avocado trees are a popular choice in south Florida landscapes, and even farther north. When I first moved to Gainesville, my roommate had two trees, though the potted one disappeared one night, thus proving their popularity. Avocados are a ... READ MORE

Category: Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes
Tags: Amy Simonne, Avocado, Avocados, Carlos Balerdi, Department Of Family Youth And Community Sciences, Guacamole, Ian Maguire, Jonathan H. Crane, Landscape Trees, Linda Bobroff, South Florida

Happy Arbor Day!

April 30, 2021

Happy Arbor Day, Florida! Trees help us humans out in a lot of different ways. They take in our carbon dioxide and produce the oxygen that we breathe. They give us shade and hold the soil in place, preventing erosion. They provide animals ... READ MORE

Category: Forests, Home Landscapes
Tags: Arbor Day, Environmental Horticulture Department, Landscape Trees, Planting, School Of Forest Fisheries And Geomatics Sciences, Shade Trees, Tree Identification

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