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Being Florida-Friendly™

Two alligators lounge tail to tail on a canal bank.

Water, water, everywhere We are in Florida after all. Who would believe we could run out of water? It seems the sunshine state is practically surrounded by water and inland, the fresh water springs and… Read More

Growing food in your landscape

Growing food in your landscaping

Don’t go hungry Food glorious food. It grows on trees. Really, also on bushes and shrubs and even ground covers. Going hungry doesn’t seem like an option when you can grow food.  Growing food in… Read More

Food for Thought

Title photo, Food for thought. Food security and the home gardener

Food Security Food security has become a hot subject for some folks. With commodities moving quickly around our globe it’s hard to say just where your food is coming from. Labeling may help with some… Read More

Time to Plant those Fall Vegetables!

Lots of red tomatoes

Some like it hot! If you grow your own vegetables in Florida you already know that our hot summer nights combined with high humidity is not an ideal situation for growing vegetables. Also, insects seem… Read More

Home garden remedies, helpful or harmful?

Home remedies, helpful or harmful

Why Home remedies? Home remedies sound like a great idea. For thousands of years, we lived that way. If we didn’t have a home remedy, we didn’t have a remedy. Enter the 21st century; we… Read More

Easy Tips to Rooting Plants

Easy tips to rooting plants with the Hometown Gardener

What is propagation? Propagation is simply the process of starting new plants. A common way of propagation is, of course, germinating seeds. Propagation with seeds is known as sexual propagation. Some problems with growing plants… Read More

Much Ado About Epsom Salt

Bright red clusters of Penta flowers

Healthy and happy gardening While many of you are confined to your homes, you may have found escape outdoors to your garden.  Whether harvesting fruits of your labor or just making your yard and surroundings… Read More

Summer Plantings for Florida Heat

A line up of Multicolored Caladium leaves

Florida’s summer plantings are different Florida’s Summer plantings need to be hardy if they are to make it through the heat and humidity. For the same reasons we don’t grow vegetables here in the summer;… Read More