Have you noticed small mounds of dirt forming in your garden or landscape recently or flying insects hovering just above the ground especially near flowering plants? If so, this time of year (September) is when we see these ground-nesting ... READ MORE
As the summer calendar winds down, we have many flowering plants with a variety of colors in bloom in our Florida-Friendly Demonstration Garden at UF/IFAS Extension Polk County in Bartow.
The warm temperatures and rain have many plants still ... READ MORE
By now, you may have seen the recent article stating alarming news about the beloved monarch butterfly population. Many gardeners in Florida enjoy planting for butterflies, observing the unique lifecycle of butterflies, and adding colorful flowers ... READ MORE
Coreopsis leavenworthii is an annual to short-lived perennial with bright yellow flowers with a dark brown center. The flowers are held upright on tall, leafless stems. The blooms occur from late spring in north Florida to year-round in ... READ MORE
Caring for your lawn can be a lot of work, and a properly maintained lawn is not only beautiful but functional. It will filter runoff, reduce erosion, and can reduce heat and glare. A healthy lawn is functional and if you follow the best ... READ MORE
Composting is a great way to practice recycling in your yard. You can reduce the volume of waste that goes to the landfill as well as create a beneficial soil amendment for your landscape. Most people have all the elements they need to create ... READ MORE
Have old seeds packets and wondering if the seeds are still viable to grow in the garden?
Many seeds will last for years if stored correctly in a cool, dry, indoor environment. Follow these simple steps to test your old seeds.
Gather your ... READ MORE
Join UF/IFAS Extension Polk County experts for an on-demand series of five, 15-minute online educational workshops to help you plan for and grow edible fruit in your home landscape. Topics include peaches, citrus, bananas, pineapples, and designing ... READ MORE
UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer programs will be recognized for excellence during the 2021 International Master Gardener Conference, hosted by the Virginia Extension Master Gardener Program.
Typically, the awards ... READ MORE
As we move towards the fall and cool season gardening, consider the importance of garden planning. Landscape planning and design is well known, but do you plan your edible gardens? From vegetables to herbs to fruit trees, planning for space ... READ MORE