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Bees on a hive frame

Don’t Worry, Bee Happy

david austin
August 10, 2022

The European honey bee The European honey bee has been in the United States for a long time. Brought here in the early 1600s by, you guessed it, Europeans.  The Honey bee may as well be considered native since they've been here as long ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, 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

Tips from the help desk… Snails! Bells! July 2022

david austin
August 9, 2022

Tips from the Help Desk... Snails! Bells!  by David Austin Residential Horticulture Agent and Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator Those pesky snails Terrestrial snails are one of those garden pests you don't often see or pay much ... READ MORE

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Tags: Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Invasive Species, Master Gardener Volunteers, Snails, Tips From The Help Desk, UF/IFAS Extension
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

Some call it black gold

david austin
June 21, 2022

Black gold you create I'm not speaking of the black gold that came bubbling up when Jed Clampett found oil while shooting at food. To make this black gold doesn't take millions of years under the pressure of the earth. You can make this in ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension,
Tags: Agriculture, Classes, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteers, UF/IFAS Extension, Vegetables
A teapot with rabbits sits amonst different herb aplands and next to a tiny maroon teacup.

Why not make it a tea garden?

david austin
May 27, 2022

Southerners and sweet tea When I was a child, we drank sweet tea. I didn't really know where it came from, but it was sweet and that suited me just fine. Later, I discovered tea was from the leaf of a plant. I had heard about tea leaves, and ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Health & Nutrition, Horticulture,
Tags: Agriculture, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteers, UF/IFAS Extension
Home remedies, helpful or harmful

Home garden remedies, helpful or harmful?

david austin
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

david austin
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
A line up of Multicolored Caladium leaves

Summer Plantings for Florida Heat

david austin
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

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