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Two Native Ornamental Shrubs for Shade

Ask Master Gardener Volunteer JoAnn Green   Two lovely shrubs for part-shade are the American Beautyberry and Oak Leaf Hydrangea.  Both plants grow to over 8 feet in height and width, so they need room to sprawl.  Both… Read More

Air potato beetle larvae: new orders are on hold

Air potato vines have become a common sight across most of Florida. Efforts have been underway for many years to control the spread of this invasive, non-native vine. For the past few years, the University of Florida and… Read More

Soil Health: The Key to Successful Agriculture

Over the years, farmers have tried many tactics to improve their crop yields, including fertilizer, pesticides, and herbicides. All these methods are costly and must be applied in very specific amounts to optimize growth, which sometimes is very… Read More

Aztec Grass, Mondo Grass, and Lioriope for Shady Areas

Ask Master Gardener Volunteer JoAnn Green   All three of these non-native ‘grasses’ make lovely groundcovers and borders in the shady landscape.  Each prefers partial shade, and a few do okay in sunnier areas.  They are relatively easy… Read More

A man meant for Extension: Ralph Mitchell, your interim DeSoto County Extension director

ARCADIA, Fla. — Growing up in Rhode Island, it almost seemed like Ralph Mitchell was destined to pursue Extension as a career. “Well, my father was an Extension agent,” Mitchell said. “I loved to come to his office… Read More

Gardening in the Panhandle LIVE!

During these unusual times, the Gardening in the Panhandle Team has been working to bring you quality remote content through this online newsletter. In that vein, we have developed some new educational programming for our loyal readers. We… Read More