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Urban Food Systems & MREC


November 6, 2018

The UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center is continuing to evolve to meet the lifestyle horticulture needs and interests of its urban constituency in Central Florida. Urban food systems are becoming a major element of MREC’s urban ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Research,
Tags: Fruits, Gardens, Human Health, Local, Research, Ufmrec, Urban Food Systems, Vegetables
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New Year’s Resolution – Always put the “right plant” in the “right place!”


January 5, 2018

One of the core principles of Florida Friendly Landscaping is the notion of putting the “right plant” in the “right place.” So what does that really mean? Well, have you ever brought home a small plant from the nursery, and pretty ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Cold Hardiness, FFL, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardens, Growing Conditions, Right Place, Right Plant

Pocket Gophers


January 5, 2018

“What is causing these large mounds of dirt in my pasture and how do I get rid of them? One of my yearlings stepped in one of the holes and twisted her ankle. I’ve tried dragging the pasture, but the mounds seem to come back overnight and ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Farm Management, Home Landscapes, Livestock, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease
Tags: Gardens, Gopher, Lawns, Mounds, Pasture, Pocket, Rodent, Salamander, Sandy Mounder, Shuffitt, Tunnel, Tunnel System

Timing your Florida Vegetable Garden


December 27, 2017

Florida's bountiful vegetables Florida is known for a lot of unique things. Palm trees, beaches, warm breezes, orange trees, and cattle are signature Florida images. Vegetable fields do not come to most people's minds, partly because most ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture
Tags: Agriculture, Florida Vegetable Growing Guide, Gardens, Highlands County, Master Gardeners, Tomato, Tomatoes, Vegetable

Timing your Florida Vegetable Garden


December 27, 2017

Florida's bountiful vegetables Florida is known for a lot of unique things. Palm trees, beaches, warm breezes, orange trees, and cattle are signature Florida images. Vegetable fields do not come to most people's minds, partly because most ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture
Tags: Agriculture, Florida Vegetable Growing Guide, Gardens, Highlands County, Master Gardeners, Tomato, Tomatoes, Vegetable

Potting Soil, Topsoil, Compost, Seed Starting Potting Mix – What’s the difference?


December 4, 2017

You find yourself standing in the store, staring at dozens of different bags of soil trying to figure exactly what you need to start a garden – what’s the difference between all of these "soils"? Typically, you will find different types ... READ MORE

Category: Crops
Tags: Compost, Fertilizer, Gardens, Organic Matter, Peat Moss, Perlite, Potting Soil, Soil Amendment, Topsoil, Vermiculite

Bacterial Leaf Spot


June 16, 2017

With all the rain and increased humidity levels lately, disease is on the rise and many of your plants may be showing it. One problem I have encountered in my community gardens is bacterial spot disease or leaf spot. This bacterial disease is ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Horticulture, Pests & Disease
Tags: Bacterial Leaf Spot, Community Gardens, Fertilizers, Florida, Gardens, Peppers, Pesticides, Summer, Tomatoes, Vegetables, Warm Season

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