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Tips from the help desk. Mothballs are just for moths

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


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
A teapot with rabbits sits amonst different herb aplands and next to a tiny maroon teacup.

Why not make it a tea garden?


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

Incredible Edible Landscaping


May 19, 2022

Food for the taking Have you ever eaten a pine tree? Many parts are edible. Those supposedly were the famous words of world-renowned food forager, Euell Gibbons, on a grape-nuts commercial in the ’70s. Not many of us would be interested in ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Agriculture, Classes, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteers, UF/IFAS Extension, Vegetable

Tips from the help desk-Trimming palms, April 2022


March 31, 2022

Trimming your palms and other tidbits by David Austin                                                                                                                              ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Highlands County, Master Gardener Volunteers
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
Title photo, Food for thought. Food security and the home gardener

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
Two alligators lounge tail to tail on a canal bank.

Keeping Your Yard Florida-Friendly


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
Close up of color fruits and vegetables

Don’t forget to eat your vegetables.


December 27, 2019

Your parents were right Your parents probably told you to eat your vegetables. Over and over again. You knew they were right, and hopefully you came to love them. Vegetables that is, I'm sure you love your parents too. It's true, vegetables ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension,
Tags: Agriculture, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Master Gardeners, Vegetable, Vegetables
University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Science logo over the Florida Master Gardener Logo

Master Gardener of the Year honored at banquet


December 20, 2019

The Highlands County Master Gardeners held their year-end banquet at the Island View Restaurant Monday evening, and installed their new officers. They also honored some Master Gardeners that excelled at volunteering this year. Judi Bentley took ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Community Volunteers, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Garden Festival, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Master Gardeners

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