Tag: Highlands County

A Glimpse at Emergency Operations Center with UF/IFAS Extension Agent

HIGHLANDS COUNTY, Fla. — As weather experts reported of Hurricane Dorian’s forecasting challenges, emergency operation centers (EOC) in the path of the storm started assembling earlier than usual. While you may think all the action taking place at… Read More

Trouble with Tomatoes

Not how we do it up North? When it comes to gardening, Florida is just different.  Northern gardener bite their lips and try not to scream when they first try their craft in Florida. It’s not that great… Read More

Lebbeck Mealybug

The Lebbeck mealybug (Nipaecoccus viridis) has been reported in Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties since it’s first occurrence in Palm Beach in 2009. This species has been found on over forty host plants in Florida, including… Read More

UF/IFAS Helps Assess, Manage New Fruit Bug

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are already trying to help growers figure out how to effectively manage the problems created by an invasive pest  – confirmed last week… Read More

Silent Invader: Mexican Petunia, Ruellia simplex

Love and Hate Facebook gardening groups will light up at the mention of Mexican Petunia, Ruellia simplex.  Comments like “Worst weed ever!”, “My favorite plant!”, “Invasive! Pull it out quickly!”, and “It’s so easy to grow, I love… Read More

Plans on the way for 2nd Garden Festival

Let it Grow The Highlands County Master Gardeners took a leap of faith last year and it paid off. The annual plant sale became a Garden Festival. Their theme, “Let it Grow” described the process to a Tee…. Read More

Honey Bees, are in the air!

The business of bees Honey Bees are everywhere in Highlands County. It’s that time of year when the bees are busy making honey. Because Highlands County produces so much citrus and citrus produces a heavy nectar flow, the… Read More