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Growing equals knowing.


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


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


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
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Fruit trees in your Florida Dooryard


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
Growing food in your landscaping

Growing food in your landscape


February 25, 2021

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 your yard seems easy enough. You'd be crazy not ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Agriculture, Edible Landscaping, Edibles, Food Forest, Gardening, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Master Gardener, Master Gardeners, Permaculture
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Food for Thought


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
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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
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
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

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