Category: Agriculture

Soil Moisture Sensor Loaner-Trainer Program for Treasure Coast Farmers

Why use soil moisture sensors? Farmers have to carefully manage water supply for their crops.  Too much or too little irrigation can damage or stress the crop, making it more vulnerable to weed competition, insect pests, and/or disease. … 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 go along with… Read More

Fall Fertilization for Healthy Lawns and Waterways

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

By Christine Kelly-Begazo, Indian River County Agriculture Extension Agent and Josh Kutyna, Extension office Program Assistant As most of us know by now, Indian River County has enacted a fertilization ban which runs from June 1st – September 30th…. Read More

Palm Pruning: Shear Instincts

Palm trees being blown by the winds of an approaching storm. Severe weather, rain, beach, coast. UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones.

By Christine Kelly-Begazo, Indian River County Agriculture Extension Agent Pruning palm trees seems like a simple enough endeavor, but we may instinctively get a bit too excited with those pruning tools. It’s no mistake that we all favor… Read More

A Day of Family Fun at LaPorte Farms

Attendees of the event crossing the pond bridge that is part of the loop around the farm.

By Darren Cole, Indian River County Youth Development Agent Looking for a quick and entertaining family outing to stave off the boredom of another mundane ordinary weekend? Well look no further than LaPorte Farms! This local kid friendly haven is… Read More

The Annual Caladium Festival

  For the past few years, Indian River County Master Gardeners have attended the Caladium Festival in Lake Placid, Florida. The Caladium Festival is a plant and “Small Town Americana” culture lover’s dream. It is held annually in… Read More

Invasive Alert! Meet the New Guinea Flatworm

New Guinea Flatworm showing eyespot

By Joshua Kutyna, Indian River Extension Program Assistant for Christine Kelly-Begazo There is an invader amongst us, and it goes by the name of Platydemus manokwari. Better known as the New Guinea flatworm, this alien aggressor is a… Read More