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Tips from the help desk…paper wasps

david austin
August 24, 2022

Tips from the Help Desk... Paper Wasps by David Austin Residential Horticulture Agent and Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator Friend or Foe? Many Gardeners might believe them to be the enemy. They wait on their paper nest creations ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Pollination, Tips From The Help Desk, 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
The Lovebug doesn't get much love from humans. Read about them here

Tips from the Help Desk… Lovebugs, what’s there to love? June 2022

david austin
July 14, 2022

by David Austin, the Hometown Gardener                                                                                                                                        ... READ MORE

Category: Horticulture, Pests & Disease,
Tags: Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Insects, Master Gardener Volunteers, UF/IFAS Extension
Tips from the help desk. Mothballs are just for moths

Tips from the Help Desk…Mothballs, Do’s and Dont’s! May 2022

david austin
May 31, 2022

by David Austin                                                                                                                                                        ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Pesticides, UF/IFAS Extension
Two alligators lounge tail to tail on a canal bank.

Being Florida-Friendly™

david austin
April 30, 2021

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 freshwater springs and lakes seem abundant. They are, but the ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Coasts & Marine, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Turf, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Master Gardeners
Lots of red tomatoes

Blossom End Rot on Tomatoes

david austin
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

david austin
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?

david austin
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
Lots of red tomatoes

Trouble with Tomatoes

david austin
August 2, 2019

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

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Master Gardeners, Pollination, Tomato, Tomatoes, Vegetable
Close up of lab grown Orange Lantana Flower

Silent Invader: Lantana

david austin
June 6, 2019

Silent Invaders 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

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Livestock, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Teaching,
Tags: Butterflies, Invasive Species, Lantana, Pollinator Plants, Toxic Plants, Weeds

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