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Category: NATURAL RESOURCES

Summer Vegetable Gardening: Cover Crops and Garden Planning

crimson clover and Celosia

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… 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

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

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

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

Gardening with Ginger and Turmeric

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… Read More

Cover Cropping in Summer

Sunflowers as cover crop, UF/IFAS photo by Tyler Jones

In the Wilting Heat Many Floridians choose not to grow any edibles during the summer in order to let the garden beds rest.  It is generally a hostile time of year to be doing very… Read More

View of Pollinators

Duranta shrub flowers

Outside my office window is a large bush dappled in diminutive dangling white flowers.  And butterflies!  This Duranta ‘Alba’, or “Golden-Dew-Drop”, is so distracting that I find myself frequently glancing at the antics of its… Read More

May-June Bug Season

close up of beetle

Back in May I noticed numerous half-inch brown beetles congregating around my porch light every evening at around 10:00 PM.  Most householders in Florida deal with their dried-out bodies under outdoor lights, in shallow plant… Read More

Hibiscus and Some Relatives

bright red Hibiscus flower

The Malvaceae family Most all Floridians are familiar with the large tropical evergreen Hibiscus, Rosa sinenis.  It is bright and sunny and totally tropical looking with gorgeous flowers that bloom nearly year round.  Vero Beach,… Read More