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Category: Crops

Ice covers limbs of peaches. Overlayed with text, Protecting your plants.

Baby it’s cold outside!

david austin
September 27, 2022

Florida has been through a period of warm winters. When I say warm I mean Central Florida has not seen many hard freezes in the last 11 years. During these warm periods, homeowners forget those tortuous cold nights on their tropical plants. ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Disaster Preparation, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Teaching,
Tags: Agriculture, Classes, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteers, UF/IFAS Extension
Bees on a hive frame

Don’t Worry, Bee Happy

david austin
August 10, 2022

The European honey bee The European honey bee has been in the United States for a long time. Brought here in the early 1600s by, you guessed it, Europeans.  The Honey bee may as well be considered native since they've been here as long ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension,
Tags: Agriculture, Bees, Classes, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Honey, Insects, Master Gardener Volunteers, Pollination, Pollinator Plants, UF/IFAS Extension
Lots of red tomatoes

Time to prep for your fall Florida garden

david austin
July 14, 2022

Time to garden! With food prices climbing toward the sky it may be time to consider pulling that brown thumb out of your pocket and adding a little green paint to it.  Growing a garden can be a humbling experience, especially in Florida, but ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Classes, Featured, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteers, Tomatoes, Vegetables
Close up of color fruits and vegetables

Growing equals knowing.

david austin
January 5, 2022

Who's growing your food? It is important to many consumers to know who is growing their food. The country or state of origin may impact the freshness of your produce. It may also have an impact on the ripeness of the produce. Some produce like ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Agriculture, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Master Gardeners, Tomatoes, Vegetables
Lots of red tomatoes

Growing Florida Vegetables

david austin
July 13, 2021

Florida vegetables Maybe you are new to Florida and love to vegetable garden? Where you used to live, vegetables grew all summer and thrived, but you now live in Florida. Don't fret, Florida is a giant producer of commercial vegetables and ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Events, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Agriculture, Classes, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Master Gardener, Master Gardeners, Tomatoes, UF/IFAS Extension, Vegetables
Bright red clusters of Penta flowers

Planting for Pollinators

david austin
June 29, 2021

Greener is not always better Yards with only green grass and green hedges in them can seem a boring place. Especially when they don't have anything blooming. There actually is a lot more to it than how it looks to you or visitors.  Your yard ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Bees, Birds, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Insects, Master Gardeners, Pollinator Plants, Pollinators
Title page, Fruit trees in your Florida Dooryard

Fruit trees in your Florida Dooryard

david austin
May 25, 2021

The aloof Florida spring Whew! Spring has been kind to us this year. Instead of the usual week of spring, we must have enjoyed around ten days. There is nothing better than a crisp spring morning in Florida. But, it never seems to last, and ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture
Tags: Agriculture, Citrus, Edibles, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruit Trees, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Master Gardeners, UF/IFAS
Title photo, Food for thought. Food security and the home gardener

Food for Thought

david austin
December 18, 2020

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 foods but with fruits and vegetables it ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Food Safety, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Master Gardeners, UF/IFAS Extension, Vegetable, Vegetables
Close up of color fruits and vegetables

Don’t forget to eat your vegetables.

david austin
December 27, 2019

Your parents were right Your parents probably told you to eat your vegetables. Over and over again. You knew they were right, and hopefully you came to love them. Vegetables that is, I'm sure you love your parents too. It's true, vegetables ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension,
Tags: Agriculture, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Master Gardeners, Vegetable, Vegetables

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