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Fact Sheets: Horticulture and Gardening Publications | Lee County Extension | Stephen Brown

Gardening Publications A-Z Administration     Annual Report 2011-12 Annuals     Annual-Flowers-Bedding Plants     Gardening with Annuals in Florida Ants    Ants    Carpenter Ants – coming soon    Crazy Ants    Imported Fire Ants on Lawns and Turf     Aquatic Plants     Aquatic Plants – Planting Depths for… Read More

Event: Budget Clinic for Money Management

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This FREE Budget Clinic will provide you with the tools to better manage your money. Participants will receive a UF/IFAS Extension Money Management Calendar. TOPICS INCLUDE: Tracking Your Spending How to Create a Budget Pay Yourself First  … Read More

Event: Lee County Urban Gardening and Micro Business Course

Watermelon & Corn

Interested in growing your own small food related business? Agents Roy Beckford and Jennifer Hagen of the Lee County Extension Office can help. The Urban Gardening and Micro-Business class series will introduce practical and technical concepts in urban farming… Read More

How to: Demystify Florida’s Food Safety Regulating Agencies

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Interested in starting a new food related business in Lee County but confused as to what regulatory agency regulates what in Florida? There are three main agencies that regulate food establishments in Florida: the Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture… Read More

Q and A: I noticed mushrooms growing under my oak tree. They barely make it out of the ground and never get too big. In the end, they break open and expel a lot of black dust. What are they and will they hurt my tree?

Schlerodema Fungus

From  David, Lehigh Acres Answer: This is a species of Scleroderma. These are ectomycorrhizal fungi that form symbiotic relationships with some tree, particularly pines and oaks here in Florida, but also some other species (for example, we have… Read More

Q and A: I am concerned about mistaking the Florida Bobcat for the Florida Panther. Could you enlighten your readers?

from J.C., via eMail Answer: The bobcat (Felis rufus) is found from southern Canada, throughout the United States, and to the higher elevations of southeastern Mexico. In Florida, the bobcat occurs statewide. A solitary, mostly nocturnal creature, the bobcat… Read More

Q and A: I have heard that there is a type of mosquito that is an indicator for poor water quality. What are these mosquitoes called and do they exist in this area?

from C.R., Bonita Springs Answer: Blind mosquitoes, also known as aquatic midges, are mosquito-like insects often associated with poor water quality. Blind mosquito is a common name that may refer to various species of midges. One thing to… Read More

Q and A: I have a black bear that is foraging near my remote home and would like to know if there is anything I can do to prevent it from traveling onto I-75 which runs behind my property?

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from M.B., Naples Answer: The Florida Black Bear has long been of interest to people. This subspecies of the more northern-ranging black bear (Ursus americanus) is only found in our state. Most people are familiar with bears (i.e…. Read More