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Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Orchids: Beauty and Easy-Care

close up of orchid blooms

A half-day field trip to Orchid Jungle down in South Florida put orchids on my list of ‘MUST HAVE’ plants.  The scents and beauty of the blooms took my breath away.  There was even an orchid which smelled… Read More

Helping Pollinators Spring Into Action

a bee visiting a flower

If you are anything like me, you might already have a few plants that provide for pollinators.  Last year, when I started to renovate my landscape, I knew I wanted to plant various spaces to welcome pollinators and… Read More

Great Time to Begin a Garden

woman working in a vegetable garden

Call it what you want: Backyard Garden, Victory 2020 Garden, Stress-fighter Garden, Pizza Garden, My Secret Garden.  It will still mean that along with all the great benefits it will also entail daily work, sweat, and scouting for… Read More

Nematodes: The Bane of the Florida Vegetable Gardener

tomatoes on the vine

It is nearing the end of the Spring vegetable gardening season here in Central Florida.  Some of you might be frustrated with some of your vegetable plants.  They get watered, fertilized, and insect pests are controlled.  Still, the… 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 parts.  How about… 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 set to expire… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office… Read More

A Way to Fight Brazilian Peppertree (Schinus terebinthifolia)

In Florida, Brazilian Peppertree is listed as a noxious weed and category-1 invasive plant according to Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC).  It was originally introduced to Florida from South America as a pretty ornamental shrub during the… Read More

Vero Beach’s 19th Annual Gardenfest!

gerbera daisy featured image

The 19th annual Gardenfest! in Rivererside Park, Vero Beach was a big hit.  Though rain had most leaving early Saturday we made up for it on Sunday afternoon.  The park was crowded with happy gardeners looking for that… 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