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2021 Indian River County Peanut Butter Challenge: What a Success!


February 1, 2022

The 2021 Peanut Butter Challenge was a tight race to the finish line as our 4-H clubs competed to bring in the most pounds. It was most certainly a race, but not a challenge this year, for the University of Florida Institute for Food ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agriculture, Clubs & Volunteers, Community Volunteers, Crops, Events, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Florida Peanut Association, Florida Peanut Growers, Food Drive, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Challenge, The Florida Peanut Producers Association, Treasure Coast Food Bank, UF/IFAS Extension In The Community
frost on grass

Cool Temperature Turf Grass Management

Horticulture Agent Nickie Munroe on telephone
November 15, 2021

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 change. The Master Gardeners often ... READ MORE

Category: Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, SFYL Hot Topic, Turf
Tags: Cool Weather Lawn, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Florida Friendly Lawn, St. Augustine Grass, Turf Dormancy, Water Wise
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
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
Wind & Sabal palmetto in advance of a storm

Florida Palm Trees and Pruning

Horticulture Agent Nickie Munroe on telephone
October 26, 2021

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 "Haircut" In ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Disaster Preparation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Management, Horticulture, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Correct Palm Pruning, Hurricane Cut, Palm Fronds, Palm Pruning, Photosynthesis, Pruning Sabal Palmetto, Wind Mitigation With Palms
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
tubs full of jarred peanut butter

Indian River County Extension Peanut Butter Challenge 2021


October 14, 2021

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 ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agriculture, Community Volunteers, Crops, Events, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Florida Peanut Association, Florida Peanut Growers, Florida Peanut Producers Association, Food Drive, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Challenge, Peanuts, Treasure Coast Food Bank, UF/IFAS Extension In The Community
Early morning dew drops caught on a spiders web and dragonfly's wings

Arachnophobia and Florida Residents


October 1, 2021

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 concern for anyone ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Invasive Species, Pests & Disease, SFYL Hot Topic, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Arachnids, Creepy Things, Desensitization Exercises, EDIS, Florida Spiders, Huntsman, Nocturnal Hunters, Phobias, Spiderlings, Wildlife
Cars in line at vaccination site

My Covid-19 Vaccination Journey


February 24, 2021

By Violet Krochmalny and Christine Kelly-Begazo. Recently I was extremely fortunate to secure a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. It was in the early weeks of Indian River County Health Department's first come - first served online registration ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agriculture, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Work & Life
Tags: CDC, Christine Kelly-Begazo, COVID, Health, Indian River County, Vaccination
Concrete swimming pool

Hurricane Prep for your Pool


October 20, 2020

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 comes to pool preparation prior to and ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Disaster Preparation, Events, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Money Matters, Natural Resources, Recreation, UF/IFAS Extension, Water, Work & Life
Tags: After Storm Clean-up, Hurricane Pool Prep, Pool Care Before Storm, Pool Clean-up, Pool Treatment, Residential Pool, Storm Prep For Pools

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