The European honey bee
The European honey bee has been in the United States for a long time. Brought here in the early 1600s by, you guessed it, Europeans. The Honey bee may as well be considered native since they've been here as long ... READ MORE
Tips from the Help Desk...
by David Austin
Residential Horticulture Agent and
Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator
Those pesky snails
Terrestrial snails are one of those garden pests you don't often see or pay much ... READ MORE
Time to garden!
With food prices climbing toward the sky it may be time to consider pulling that brown thumb out of your pocket and adding a little green paint to it. Growing a garden can be a humbling experience, especially in Florida, but ... READ MORE
Black gold you create
I'm not speaking of the black gold that came bubbling up when Jed Clampett found oil while shooting at food. To make this black gold doesn't take millions of years under the pressure of the earth. You can make this in ... READ MORE
Southerners and sweet tea
When I was a child, we drank sweet tea. I didn't really know where it came from, but it was sweet and that suited me just fine. Later, I discovered tea was from the leaf of a plant. I had heard about tea leaves, and ... READ MORE
Food for the taking
Have you ever eaten a pine tree? Many parts are edible. Those supposedly were the famous words of world-renowned food forager, Euell Gibbons, on a grape-nuts commercial in the ’70s. Not many of us would be interested in ... READ MORE
Once upon a time, there was something called Xeriscaping and it was quite the rage. A great idea, it would create a low-maintenance yard that required less water and inputs. The problem was that it wasn't developed for ... READ MORE
Bringing the bees
Mid to late February in Highlands County is the beginning of the orange blossom bloom. It's January when beekeepers from all over Florida and many other states look for spots to leave their honey bees, as close to the orange ... READ MORE
Who's growing your food?
It is important to many consumers to know who is growing their food. The country or state of origin may impact the freshness of your produce. It may also have an impact on the ripeness of the produce. Some produce like ... READ MORE