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Florida Friendly Demonstration Garden at UF/IFAS Extension Polk County

Have you visited the Florida-Friendly Landscaping (FFL) Demonstration Gardens at UF/IFAS Extension Polk County in Bartow? These gardens feature the nine principles of FFL and received a state award in 2019. The gardens are open to the public… Read More

Topic Tuesday: Types of Bees

Last blog, I talked about pollination and pollinator impact on crops grown throughout Florida. This blog, I am highlighting types of bees seen throughout Florida, both native and non-native. There are approximately 20,000 species of bees. There are… Read More

Florida-Friendly Gardening Therapy

For a while, I was OK with COVID. Not happy, but you could say “average.” After almost a year of this pandemic, like most folks, COVID fatigue has set in for me. When the pandemic struck, I needed… Read More

Monarchs get all the love: How to increase butterfly diversity in your yard

When it comes to butterfly gardening, monarch butterflies seem to get all the love.  Monarchs are the butterfly “homecoming queens”! They are drama queens, too, as they lead fascinating lives of intrigue, participating each year in a miraculous-seeming… Read More

Can I touch a Wooly Bear Caterpillar?

Woolly Bear Caterpillar For the last two weeks while teaching youth about the game of disc golf, we came across big black fuzzy looking caterpillar approximately 3″ long. Of course, the kids wanted to know what it was… Read More

In story of blueberries and bees, scientists play matchmaker

Chew on this the next time you eat a blueberry: [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””]Every single blueberry is the result of a flower that was pollinated by a bee.[/inlinetweet] In other words: No buzz, no berry. With that in… Read More

Lantana – Wild Weeds

Wild Weeds – Weed of the Month Lantana Lantana camara Lantana is a tricky plant in natural areas. There is a Florida native lantana, L. depressa, but unfortunately it is now considered endangered. Majority of lantana found in natural… Read More

Tips for Success! – Planting a shrub (the right way)

Are you getting ready to plant new shrubs in your landscape? Before you buy another plant or dig another hole, watch this quick step-by-step video tutorial. I’ve included tips about plant selection, hole sizing, mulching & more. Get… Read More