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dripping honey being over-poured into a spoon from a plastic honey-bear bottle

Sweet Celebration: National Honeybee Day

Horticulture Agent Nickie Munroe on telephone
September 7, 2022

National Honeybee Day 2022 Written by Hailey Peirce for Nickie Munroe August 20th, 2022, is National Honeybee Day.  Today we are focusing on all things honey.  We all know the delicious sweetness that honey brings to our taste buds.  ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Crops, Farm Management, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, SFYL Hot Topic
Tags: Health Benefits Of Honey, Healthy Honey, Honey, Honey Popcorn Balls Recipe, Honey Recipes, Honey-mustard Salad Dressing Recipe
3 honeybees hovering around a piece of honeycomb dripping with fresh honey

Florida-Friendly Landscape Management for Honeybee Conservation

Horticulture Agent Nickie Munroe on telephone
September 7, 2022

We are increasingly aware of the plight of honeybees in our environment. Individual homeowners can aid honeybees and other pollinators by adjusting a few landscaping practices. Plant selection, insect pest management, and general mindfulness ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Teaching, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Attracting Pollinators, Bees, Honeybee Conservation, Honeybees, National Honeybee Day, Pollinators, Protecting Honeybees

Purslane in the Summer Garden


July 25, 2022

Summer vegetable garden weeds can be a problem for gardeners.  It's too hot to check weed growth every afternoon.  And we really only have a few vegetable plants which will survive the heat of a Florida summer.  Deciding to let the garden ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Food Safety, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Lawn
Tags: Eat The Weeds, Edible, Florida Foraging, Foraging, Free Vegetables, Pickling, Purslane, Weed Identification, Weeds, Wild Edibles
2 decorated pumpkins

Florida’s Great Pumpkins

Horticulture Agent Nickie Munroe on telephone
October 26, 2021

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, and I have not found a recipe ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Calabaza Pumpkin, Caribbean Calabaza, Gardening Solutions, Growing Pumpkins In Florida, Jarrahdale Pumpkin, Pie Pumpkin, Pumpkin Curry, Pumpkin Fritters, Pumpkin Recipes, Pumpkin Season, Pumpkin Varieties, Pumpkin-praline Cheesecake, Pumpkins, Queensland Blue Pumpkin, Sugar Pumpkin, Tropical Pumpkin, Tropical Pumpkin Recipes
Guacamole in a bowl

National Guacamole Day, September 16th

Horticulture Agent Nickie Munroe on telephone
October 26, 2021

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 grew up, we called them ... READ MORE

Category: Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, Recreation, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Teaching
Tags: Alligator-pear, Avocado Cultivars, Avocado Growing In Florida, Avocado Recipes, Avocado-pear, Fresh From Florida Avocado, Game Day Snacks, Growing Avocado, Guacamole, Guacamole Recipes, National Guacamole Day
Avocados with a halved avocado with pit

Avocados!

Horticulture Agent Nickie Munroe on telephone
October 26, 2021

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 to return to Florida from a slightly cooler region. Having ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Teaching
Tags: Avocado, Avocado Varieties, EDIS Avocado Growing In The Florida Home Landscape, Florida Avocados, Grow Avocado In Florida, Growing Avocado, Haas Avocado, Home Grown Avocado, Red Avocado
an onion patch with a hand-painted garden sign stating little veg

Fall Gardening: Right Here, Right Now

Horticulture Agent Nickie Munroe on telephone
October 26, 2021

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 you on your way. Invest in your soil Your soil ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Recreation, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Biological Control, Container Garden, Fall Vegetable Garden, Florida Garden Soil, Florida Soil, Florida Vegetable Garden, Organic Matter, PH Testing, Raised Beds, Scouting The Garden, Small Gardens, Soil
crimson clover and Celosia

Summer Vegetable Gardening: Cover Crops and Garden Planning

Horticulture Agent Nickie Munroe on telephone
June 7, 2021

Written By Leslie Munroe and Yvonne Florian. Gardening once again became America's pastime this past year due to "stay at home" and "social distancing" mandates. Many people took up vegetable gardening to pass the time in a healthful, nurturing ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, Water
Tags: Ask IFAS, Cover Cropping, Florida Vegetable Gardening, Garden Planning, Gifford Community & Student Garden, GYAC, Improving Poor Soil, Indian River County Master Gardener Plant Help Desk, IRC Extension, Living Mulch, Nematode Management, Nematodes, Solarization, Solarize, Summer Gardening

Gardening with Ginger and Turmeric


July 28, 2020

Here in South Florida there are many species of spices we can grow in our gardens. Ginger, Zingiber officinale, and Turmeric, Curcuma longa, are just two popular spices that can grow well in our Florida gardens. Both are beneficial in the ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Recreation, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Buying Ginger, Cleaning Ginger, Cooking With Ginger, Crops For Shade, Ginger, Golden Milk, Harvesting Ginger, Storing Ginger, Turmeric
Seminole pumpkins

Summer Vegetable Gardening

Horticulture Agent Nickie Munroe on telephone
July 24, 2020

As if we needed another reason to call Florida 'Special', what with our state hanging out into the water and located south of the rest of the nation. Here in Central Florida, we even seem to do our gardening backwards. We can grow edibles ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Basil, Calabaza, Cover Cropping, Crop Rotation, Heat Tolerant Vegetables, Mexican Tarragon, Okra, Pumpkins, Rosemary, Solarization, Southern Peas, Summer Gardening, Sweet Potatoes

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