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Indian River County Extension Peanut Butter Challenge 2021

tubs full of jarred peanut butter

By Christine Kelly-Begazo, Indian River County Agricultural Extension Agent III, The Peanut Butter Challenge, UF/IFAS Extension’s annual jar collection for local food pantries that launched in the Florida Panhandle in 2012, is again spreading statewide… Read More

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

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

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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

Cool Temperature Turf Grass Management

frost on grass

It may seem laughable to most Americans that Florida does experience a “real winter”.  However, there are many who are very aware that the temperatures have dropped and that their plants are reacting to this… Read More

Fall Plant Care for the Entertainment Season

pretty pink UF poinsettias

It is officially Fall.  We have been given an extra hour of sleep.  And we have been robbed of several degrees of warmth.  We now have great weather for sipping warm drinks and working on… Read More

Florida’s Great Pumpkins

2 decorated pumpkins

The Season for the Pumpkin The Autumn season screams cooler weather, warm colors, rich spices, and Pumpkin.  I adore pumpkin, including all its many varieties.  There are also many ways to prepare the winter squash,… Read More

National Guacamole Day, September 16th

Guacamole in a bowl

September 16th is National Guacamole Day!  Wait, I love Guacamole. How did I not hear about this before now? The Humble Avocado Here in Florida, early settlers to the state called them Alligator-pears.  Where I… Read More

Avocados!

Avocados with a halved avocado with pit

Avocado! One of the major attractions of Florida for many people is our ability to grow a variety of tropical and subtropical fruits.  It was at the very top of my list when I decided… Read More

Florida Palm Trees and Pruning

Wind & Sabal palmetto in advance of a storm

Iconic Florida When folks throughout the world think of Florida, they usually think of alligators, sunshine, palm trees, and hurricanes.  Most long-time Florida residents know what to expect concerning each of these things. The Bad… Read More

5 Salt Tolerant Native Plants for Coastal Florida

trailing flowering vine on the beach

By Leslie N. Munroe with Yvonne Florian Land erosion is an issue all over the state of Florida because of our sandy soils and abundant rain.  The Indian River County Extension office receives numerous inquiries… Read More

Fall Gardening: Right Here, Right Now

an onion patch with a hand-painted garden sign stating little veg

by Leslie Munroe & Yvonne Florian Right Here, Right Now Fall 2021 growing season is here.  Have you started your vegetable garden yet?  If your answer is, “no”, here are a few tips to help… Read More

Arachnophobia and Florida Residents

Early morning dew drops caught on a spiders web and dragonfly's wings

The Other Florida Residents Generally, Florida residents are pretty hardy souls. For instance, early settlers required a healthy fear of bears. Florida Black Bears lived throughout the state at that time and were of great… Read More