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My Covid-19 Vaccination Journey

Cars in line at vaccination site

By Violet Krochmalny and Christine Kelly-Begazo. Update: On April 28th, the Florida Department of Health and Indian River County Emergency Services announced the closing of the COVID-19 vaccination site at the Indian River Fairgrounds. The… Read More

Hurricane Prep for your Pool

Concrete swimming pool

In the frenzy of preparing for an impending hurricane, many of those with residential pools overlook steps needed to prepare the pool for a major storm.  Following are some tips, do’s and don’ts when it… Read More

Hurricane Season June First thru November 30th

night sky torn by lightening

Preparation By Yvonne Florian and Christine Kelly-Begazo Hurricane season will be upon us June first.  As if we didn’t already have enough to keep our pantry challenged, add to it the task of stocking up… Read More

Pesticide Exams Now Open at Indian River County Extension

cockroach

Pesticide exams will once again be administered at the Indian River County Extension Office with strict social distancing rules in place.  Exams will be given every Thursday in two shifts: 12:30-2:30pm and 3:00- 5:00pm, until… Read More

Composting Tips for the Homeowner

Spring is in the air!  Gardening beds are being changed over and people are starting their warm-season landscape maintenance.  Its time to consider what to do with all of last season’s spent vegetation and plants… Read More

Looking up from Covid-19 Part 2 of 2

Part 2- Finding Supplies and Coping The Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic is changing our lives at this time, whether we want it to or not.  Social distancing, frequent sanitizing of door knobs, supply shortages, and masks… Read More

Looking up from Covid-19 – Part 1 of 2

Children playing with large bubbles in a field

For most of us, the Covid-19 illness may be little more than an inconvenience.  Not everyone is going to come down with Covid-19 pneumonia. However, as health officials advise staying home as a way to… Read More

Pesticide CEU’s Available Online

Boy watching a waterbug insect in a jar of water

Recently, all UF/IFAS Extension person-to-person meetings have been rescheduled for a later date.  Due to health concerns, there will be no in-person Pesticide Training nor Pesticide Applicator Exams until further notice.  If your license is… Read More

Indian River County Extension Updates: May 26, 2020

Orange Folder, Florida state cut-out, and Smartphone

Indian River County Cooperative Extension office is open for telephone chats and e-mail.  We will be accepting face to face appointments only for those who do not have access to e-mail or smart phone with… Read More

Companion Planting: A Beneficial Friendship

UF community gardens adn bat houses. Photo taken on 04-14-17.

Companion Planting for Improved Health in the Garden Bed by Yvonne Florian and Nickie Munroe Looking to give your vegetable or fruit garden even more color? How about some added benefits of pest protection to… Read More

Stand Up and Holler- Gator Nation Giving Day- February 18th

Female UF student holding a baby alligator at a recruitment event in 2019

Gator Nation Giving Day February 18, 2021 has been designated by the University of Florida’s Institute of Flood and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) as Gator Nation Giving Day!  What this means is that anyone can go… Read More

Cold Weather Alert! Protecting Cold Sensitive Plants

woman covering flowers with tarp for cold protection

What do the different cold alerts issued by the National Weather Service actually mean to homeowners? Frost advisories are given when temperatures expect to fall between 36 degrees to about 32 degrees. This usually occurs… Read More

Bats- Scary or Awesome?

bats emerging from a large bat house at dusk

Note:  All images were taken before 2020 as masks were not required before spring of this year. The blood-sucking vampire bat stereotype of movie lore is not so scary in real life.  In fact, the… Read More

The 2020 Peanut Butter Challenge

children eating peanut butter and snacks at a table,

Spread the Word… Peanut Butter Fights Hunger!- Update with Total Pounds of Peanut Butter Collected By Yvonne Florian and Christine Kelly-Begazo Join the 2020 UF/IFAS Extension Peanut Butter Challenge, October 1st – November 25th, 2020.  Challenge… Read More

Herbs in the Winter Garden

Potted basil varieties for sale

Herbs are a tasty way to add some zing and zip to your meals.  Most herbs are high in nutrients and phytochemicals which add health benefits as well as flavor to foods. Leafy herbs should… Read More

What is Ailing My St. Augustine Grass?

Grass on the banks of Lake Mize at the Austin Cary Memorial Forest.

What’s Wrong with my St. Augustine Grass? The Yellow Yard– About the time September rolls around, while the rainy season seems like it just will not end, some lawns may exhibit some yellowing.  Grass seems… Read More