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Category: Home Landscapes

Grow A Green Thumb; Container Basics

aluminum canoe planted with yellow and purple flowers

Spruce up a window sill, table top or porch with potted plants. Containers are portable and provide an instant fix to problem areas. DIY with container combinations of edible and flowering annuals (single season) and perennials (live more… Read More

Science Behind Weed Control

FFA students meet for National Farm Safety instruction at Levy Agriculture Center.

Extension connects the general public with University of Florida scientist and specialist by providing research based education. The science behind weed control, specifically Dioscorea bulbifera (air potato vine), engages youth and residents to seek out, identify and become… Read More

What’s Buzzing Me, Mosquito Be Gone!

Researcher Karen McKenzie raised these female in captivity. They do not carry disease.

From the coast to sandhills, pastures to homestead, dozens of mosquito species are found around Florida homes and neighborhoods. They ease through life in one of four forms – egg, larvae, pupa or adult. As adults, some vector… Read More

Fruit of Your Labor

lady with pink hat seen behind an overgrown muscadine grape vine

We fit fruiting trees and vines in our landscape because the man of the mower enjoys eating food from the yard. We fondly recall our granddaughter’s first homemade cobbler, made with freshly picked blackberries. Good memories. A dear… Read More

“Can Anyone Out There Help Me?”

UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardeners serve the community. Image of bees, flowers, landscape and people talking

UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Extension Master Gardeners provide University of Florida research based horticulture options, multiply outreach of UF/IFAS Extension offices, saving taxpayer dollars and fill a gap in services. Nature Coast Master Gardeners… Read More

Vegetable Garden Soil Testing

The 2019 Master Gardener class, plus Pete (center blue cap) demonstrate soil sampling.

UPDATE: Due to minimal staffing, UF/IFAS Extension Analytical Labs are prioritizing soil samples from producers. Dooryard landscape and garden soil samples may be stored and analyzed as capacity becomes available. We appreciate your patience as we move through… Read More

Managing Stress Unique to Your Situation

COVID - 19 is world wide. How do we manage stress in a positive way during a pandemic/

Dr. Heidi Liss Radunovich, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Associate Professor UF/IFAS Extension, made a presentation on managing stress during a pandemic. Radunovich’s goal was twofold; “help citizens understand how the stress related to Covid-19 is affecting us, as well… Read More