Soil Testing at Orange County Plant Clinic
Florida’s year-round growing season is a great reason to love gardening. While we have different seasons, the one constant for our plants is the soil that they’re grown in. While we can control ... READ MORE
When we are having problems with our lawns or plants, the first thing that comes to mind is often that it is a pest or disease. We often overlook that it could be a problem with the soil. One of the first questions that I ask when folks come ... READ MORE
Winter months can be tricky when it comes to feeding your pregnant or lactating beef cows in Florida. The changing day length, and weather patterns limit grazing options in farms that rely on summer perennial grasses. In Florida summer grasses ... READ MORE
Is your landscape lacking vigor, everything looking a little pale, new growth looking kind of sad?
Avoid issues with high pH soils. Test the soil before designing the landscape or purchasing and installing the plants. The best solution to ... READ MORE
Why do I need a soil pH test?
We have completed hundreds of soil pH tests over the past few years at our office and this questions usually comes up. Here are some ideas of what soil pH testing will and won't tell you.
What it tells you:
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Florida’s Cottage Food Law allows food entrepreneurs to use their home kitchen to produce food products that are considered not potentially hazardous. Gross sales for a cottage food operation must not exceed $50,000 annually, require no license ... READ MORE
Here’s few tips to consider before you get started. There’s a lot to know, but you can learn it in advance to diving in. This will prevent you from making costly mistakes.
Have a Business Plan
Create a business plan that includes your ... READ MORE
Have you seen this before? Two palms are growing side by side and one is showing symptoms of a severe nutrient deficiency and the other looks healthy. Sometimes the cause is simply a lack of nutrients in the soil, but if the palms are regularly ... READ MORE
Vegetables' Preferred pH Range
Vegetables prefer a soil pH range of 5.8 to 6.3. However, if soil pH is between 5.5 and 7.0, there is no need to adjust pH. If your soil pH is within the recommended range to grow vegetables, do not apply lime. ... READ MORE
The UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County office provides basic soil pH testing.
Other tests are available through the UF/IFAS Extension Soil Testing Lab in Gainesville. Please contact our office if you have questions about soil ... READ MORE