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Is Beekeeping for You? by the Hometown Gardener. text only

Is Beekeeping For You?


August 27, 2020

To bee or not to bee? Could that be the question you are asking yourself? Because of my love of honey, the answer was yes for me. As I learned more about the honey bee and its uniqueness, I became fascinated with this insect. Like the fact ... READ MORE

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

Time to Plant those Fall Vegetables!


August 3, 2020

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 to thrive in the heat and are likely to ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension,
Tags: Classes, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Master Gardeners, Vegetable
Home remedies, helpful or harmful

Home garden remedies, helpful or harmful?


July 24, 2020

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 now have stores where we can pick up things with the simple ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension,
Tags: Agriculture, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Master Gardeners, UF/IFAS Extension, Vegetables
Easy tips to rooting plants with the Hometown Gardener

Easy Tips to Rooting Plants


May 28, 2020

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 from seed ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension,
Tags: Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Master Gardeners, Propagation, Rooting Plants
Bright red clusters of Penta flowers

Much Ado About Epsom Salt


May 20, 2020

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 beautiful with plants, gardening ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Epsom Salt, Garden Fertilizer, Gardening, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Master Gardeners, Vegetable, Vegetables
A line up of Multicolored Caladium leaves

Summer Plantings for Florida Heat


May 15, 2020

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; we also don't grow the same annuals ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension,
Tags: Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Master Gardeners, Summer Annuals, Summer Plantings
Lots of red tomatoes

Blossom End Rot on Tomatoes


April 17, 2020

What's with the name? A common issue, when growing your own tomatoes in Florida, is blossom end rot (BER). With Blossom end rot, tomatoes begin to rot while still on the plant, opposite of where the stem is connected to the fruit, and where ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Classes, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Master Gardener, Tomato, Tomatoes, UF/IFAS Extension, Vegetables
Two alligators lounge tail to tail on a canal bank.

Keeping Your Yard Florida-Friendly


April 15, 2020

Keeping it Green If you are a gardener and you have lived anywhere else, you realize pretty quickly that Florida is different. The weather, the bugs and a whole lot of other gardening issues add to the difficulty. The key to these differences ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Turf, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Florida, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Landscaping, Master Gardeners
University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Science logo over the Florida Master Gardener Logo

What’s that black mold on my plant?


March 25, 2020

That unsightly black stuff When a black film we call sooty mold visits your plants and covers the leaves you can be sure of at least one thing. You have an insect problem. Most of you have seen this thin soot like layer on your Citrus, Gardenia, ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension,
Tags: Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Insects, Master Gardener, Master Gardeners, Plant Problems
University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Science logo over the Florida Master Gardener Logo

Master Gardener training begins January 25th


December 31, 2019

Sharpen your gardening skills! Highlands County Master Gardener Class is getting ready to start. Every year, the last Saturday in January, the class kicks off. After that first Saturday class, classes will be on Wednesdays until the last Wednesday ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Agriculture, Classes, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Master Gardener, Master Gardeners, Vegetable

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