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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

Stand Up and Holler- Gator Nation Giving Day- February 18th

Female UF student holding a baby alligator at a recruitment event in 2019

Gator Nation Giving Day February 18, 2021 has been designated by the University of Florida’s Institute of Flood and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) as Gator Nation Giving Day!  What this means is that anyone can go… Read More

Cold Weather Alert! Protecting Cold Sensitive Plants

woman covering flowers with tarp for cold protection

What do the different cold alerts issued by the National Weather Service actually mean to homeowners? Frost advisories are given when temperatures expect to fall between 36 degrees to about 32 degrees. This usually occurs… 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

The 2020 Peanut Butter Challenge

children eating peanut butter and snacks at a table,

Spread the Word… Peanut Butter Fights Hunger!- Update with Total Pounds of Peanut Butter Collected By Yvonne Florian and Christine Kelly-Begazo Join the 2020 UF/IFAS Extension Peanut Butter Challenge, October 1st – November 25th, 2020.  Challenge… Read More

Herbs in the Winter Garden

Potted basil varieties for sale

Herbs are a tasty way to add some zing and zip to your meals.  Most herbs are high in nutrients and phytochemicals which add health benefits as well as flavor to foods. Leafy herbs should… 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

Beautiful Bromeliads and Mischievous Mosquitoes

blooming burgundy bromeliad in the morning sun

In January, 2016, I moved back to Florida from another southern state.  It was great to see familiar plants and to be able to go to the beach again.I love the dizzying varieties of beautiful… Read More