Florida's summer plantings are different
Florida's Summer plantings need to be hardy if they are to make it through the heat and humidity. For the same reasons we don't grow vegetables here in the summer; we also don't grow the same annuals ... READ MORE
What's with the name?
A common issue, when growing your own tomatoes in Florida, is blossom end rot (BER). With Blossom end rot, tomatoes begin to rot while still on the plant, opposite of where the stem is connected to the fruit, and where ... READ MORE
Keeping it Green
If you are a gardener and you have lived anywhere else, you realize pretty quickly that Florida is different. The weather, the bugs and a whole lot of other gardening issues add to the difficulty. The key to these differences ... READ MORE
That unsightly black stuff
When a black film we call sooty mold visits your plants and covers the leaves you can be sure of at least one thing. You have an insect problem. Most of you have seen this thin soot like layer on your Citrus, Gardenia, ... READ MORE
Sharpen your gardening skills!
Highlands County Master Gardener Class is getting ready to start. Every year, the last Saturday in January, the class kicks off. After that first Saturday class, classes will be on Wednesdays until the last Wednesday ... READ MORE
Your parents were right
Your parents probably told you to eat your vegetables. Over and over again. You knew they were right, and hopefully you came to love them. Vegetables that is, I'm sure you love your parents too. It's true, vegetables ... READ MORE
The Highlands County Master Gardeners held their year-end banquet at the Island View Restaurant Monday evening, and installed their new officers. They also honored some Master Gardeners that excelled at volunteering this year. Judi Bentley took ... READ MORE
Last Year's success
It was not quite a year ago the Highlands County Master Gardeners had their inaugural Garden Festival and plant sale. They themed it, Let It Grow! And grow it did; from a great plant sale to a fantastic festival. The festival ... READ MORE
The incredible honey bee
There is nothing quite like a the honey bee. They are one of natures great pollinators. While doing that job they store wonderful honey. They also store pollen, form propolis and they produce something called royal ... READ MORE
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 produce can’t be grown here. Florida ... READ MORE