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
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
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
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
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
Not how we do it up North?
When it comes to gardening, Florida is just different. Northern gardener bite their lips and try not to scream when they first try their craft in Florida. It’s not that great produce can’t be grown here. Florida ... READ MORE
Love and Hate
Facebook gardening groups will light up at the mention of Mexican Petunia, Ruellia simplex. Comments like “Worst weed ever!”, “My favorite plant!”, “Invasive! Pull it out quickly!”, and “It’s so easy to grow, ... READ MORE
When we think of things as being invasive we often imagine something like water Hyacinths covering every inch of a waterway or acres of Brazilian Peppers blocking out the sun where nothing else will grow. Invasive species are ... READ MORE
Sharpen your gardening skills!
Highlands County Master Gardener Class is getting ready to start. Every year, the last Saturday in January, the class begins. The classes are every Wednesday after opening day until the last Wednesday in March. ... READ MORE
UF/IFAS Extension office in Highlands County hosted a Basics of: Backyard Chickens Workshop last week and it went splendidly!!
While a smaller crowd attended, there is always room to grow- especially with this program. Topics I covered ... READ MORE