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Fruit Crops: Growing Grapes

Getting Started Fruit crops, like growing grapes, provide rewarding yields throughout the year when diversifying your plant selection. In other words, choose several types of fruit trees and different cultivars within each fruit tree type. However, farming entrepreneurs… Read More

All Drains Lead to the Ocean

(This blog post is third in a series recounting a summer internship opportunity for the author. Collaborating with Martin County 4-H Youth Development and Florida Sea Grant extension agents, this account provides a unique perspective on the career… Read More

Growing Peanut Butter Fruit in Florida

Introduction Peanut Butter Fruit Tree (Bunchosia glandulifera), also known as Monk’s Plum, is a perennial flowering plant native to Central America and South America. Other than ornamental value, the tree produces small orange-red fruits, almost one inch in size,… Read More

The “FFL Law” – It’s complicated…

Q: Is there really a Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ law that allows homeowners to remove their turfgrass and install Florida-Friendly Landscaping without HOA permission?   A: Not exactly… It’s a little more complicated.     Back in 2009, Florida Statute… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… Mexican petunias

By Renee Stevens Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Mexican petunia (Ruellia simplex, syn. Ruellia brittoniana) has a lot going for it. This native of Mexico, the Caribbean and South America is a colorful blue-to-purple flowering perennial planted… Read More

Much Ado About Weeds

Now that the rainy season is officially here, weeds will explode in our plant beds. There is much ado about weeds.  What can we do about them? Water Starve Them! We went through a very long dry spell. … Read More

How Can a “Bee Box” Help Protect a Beehive?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that when used according to the label, pesticides “Do not cause an unreasonable risk of harm to people or the environment”. All too often it is believed that pollinators (particularly… Read More

What’s the Buzz on Bees?

Florida is known for many of its “Fresh from Florida” commodities such as citrus, tomatoes, blueberries, strawberries, watermelons, beans, and sweet corn, but what role do honey bees play in the production of these crops? Did you know… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener – What to do in the Summer Vegetable Garden?

It’s the second week of June. How does the vegetable garden look? The high daytime temperatures in the mid-to-upper 90 degrees F is causing many of the flowers on most of the vegetables to drop. The rainy season… Read More