Biochar is a stable form of carbon produced by burning organic matter (usually wood) under low oxygen conditions. It can be used as a soil amendment to increase the fertilizer holding capacity in soils, making the fertilizers slowly available ... READ MORE
Blueberries are not easily grown in Florida soils because of high organic matter and low pH needs. The media for growing blueberries requires good drainage (total porosity of 50-85%), a pH of 4.2-5.5, and a relatively low nutrient concentration ... READ MORE
Why should the Florida homeowner care about landscaping for honey bees and other wildlife?
The urban landscape is the largest expanding land use in FL. In late 2019, about 900 residents moved to Florida every day. With this expansion, what ... READ MORE
Can wildlife and urban development co-exist?
With the urban landscape as the most rapidly expanding land use in central Florida, one doesn’t have to look far to see new subdivisions and homes being built. An estimated 900 people move ... READ MORE
Many organic vegetable growers find weed control a problem. There are few registered organic herbicides and many are not very effective and are expensive. One chemical that has been discussed as an organic herbicide is acetic acid – vinegar. ... READ MORE
Happy New Year everyone! Are you thinking about taking on a New Year's resolution or two? How about adopting one or two Florida-Friendly Landscaping practices? Water Wednesdays in January will focus Florida-Friendly Landscaping.
What Is Florida-Friendly ... READ MORE
Declining Citrus with Greening
People often ask me what they can do with their declining citrus to make them productive again. There are numerous diseases that cause citrus to decline, with the latest being citrus greening. Greening is a bacterial ... READ MORE
What interesting type of fruit can you grow for an edible landscape in central Florida? Many of the tropical fruit that people associate with Florida are not quite hardy enough here. We have just enough cold to prohibit some tropical fruit, ... READ MORE
Florida strawberries are grown as annuals started from northern-sourced cold-treated young plants set out in September and October. Bare-root plants with their leaves retained yield earlier than plants with leaves removed. However, frequent ... READ MORE
Have you ever been weeding your garden and pulled on a weed that bit back? There is a weed that looks common enough that you think nothing of trying to pull it with bare hands. The weed may not have any thorns or obvious weapons, ... READ MORE