Authored by Amanda Decker
UF/IFAS Extension Orange County Summer Intern
Graduating UF CALS December, 2022
B.S. Plant Science specialization in Plant Breeding and Genetics
What Makes Gardening in Florida so Different?
Many gardeners, ... READ MORE
Vermicomposting = worm composting
Do you live in a small space and want to have a neat little efficient compost bin to recycle your kitchen scraps? Vermiculture, also known as worm composting, is becoming increasingly popular with the urban ... READ MORE
Even the most serious gardeners can be driven indoors by the summer heat. But that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying your hobby! Join the Baker County Extension Office for an indoor summer gardening seminar that will cover the basics of houseplant ... READ MORE
Last year in Pasco County, food scraps, yard waste, and newspaper made up about 25% of the material thrown in the garbage. That's a lot of wasted waste, because by composting, most of that “trash” could have easily been transformed into ... READ MORE
You find yourself standing in the store, staring at dozens of different bags of soil trying to figure exactly what you need to start a garden – what’s the difference between all of these "soils"? Typically, you will find different types ... READ MORE
You may have heard that wood ashes can be used in the garden as a source of potassium for plants. But since wood ashes also increase the soil pH and require other precautions, they should be used in the garden wisely.
Hardwoods vs. Softwoods
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A: Remember soil pH indicates the acidity (below 7) or the alkalinity (above 7) of the soil. This is an important factor in the absorption of elements such as iron. As a general rule, animal manures raise soil pH because they often contain calcium ... READ MORE
Q: I want to be sure my pink hydrangeas stay pink and my blue hydrangeas stay blue. I have been adding lime to make the flowers pink and aluminum sulfate to turn them blue. What I want to know is - what time of year is best to amend the soil?
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Composting involves taking advantage of the natural decomposition of organic matter by microorganisms. Compost is the partially broken down material that results from this process (fully-broken down material is called humus).1
Compost is ... READ MORE