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Bees on a hive frame

The Bees are Coming.


January 28, 2022

Bringing the bees Mid to late February in Highlands County is the beginning of the orange blossom bloom. It's January when beekeepers from all over Florida and many other states look for spots to leave their honey bees, as close to the orange ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Horticulture, 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
Close up of color fruits and vegetables

Growing equals knowing.


January 5, 2022

Who's growing your food? It is important to many consumers to know who is growing thier 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, ... 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
Easy tips to rooting plants with the Hometown Gardener

Easy tips for propagating plants


September 16, 2021

Plant Collectors Many gardeners love to collect plants. Many of you have pinched stems off a plant when no one was looking! You know who you are! My Mother was one of those people. If she was at the old Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, now ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Agriculture, Classes, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Master Gardeners, Propagation, Rooting Cuttings, Rooting Plants
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, vegetable grew all summer and thrived, but you now live in Florida. Don't fret, Florida is a giant producer of commercial vegetable and there's ... 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 green grass and green hedges only, can make for a boring yard. Especially if they don't have anything blooming. There actually is a lot more to it than that. Your yard can be a complicated place with ... 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
Two alligators lounge tail to tail on a canal bank.

Being Florida-Friendly™


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 fresh water 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
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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