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Growing A Green Thumb; Container Basics


September 4, 2020

Spruce up a window sill, table top or porch with potted plants. Containers are portable and provide an instant fix to problem areas. DIY with container combinations of edible and flowering annuals (single season) and perennials (live more than ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture
Tags: Container Gardening, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardening, Healthy Eating, Levy County, Master Gardener, Vegetables

Avocado Selection, Storage and Preparation


May 12, 2020

Delicious green avocados are a nutrient-dense fruit, not a vegetable. They contain healthy fatty acids, essential amino acids, and more than 20 vitamins and minerals, plus they are a good source of fiber. They have more potassium than bananas ... READ MORE

Category: Food Safety, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, UF/IFAS Extension,
Tags: Food, Food Safety, Fruits And Vegetables, Health And Wellness, Healthy Eating, UF/IFAS Extension

Watermelon Is More Than Dessert


May 1, 2020

A family reunion, summer BBQ, picnic or get together jsut isn’t complete without a delicious slice of sweet juicy watermelon. Watermelons come in all shapes, sizes, red and yellow meat colors and some are seedless. Watermelons are listed ... READ MORE

Category: Food Safety, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Food, Food Safety, Fruits And Vegetables, Health And Wellness, Healthy Eating, UF/IFAS Extension, Watermelon
lady with pink hat seen behind an overgrown muscadine grape vine

Fruit of Your Labor


April 24, 2020

We fit fruiting trees and vines in our landscape because the man of the mower enjoys eating food from the yard. We fondly recall our granddaughter's first homemade cobbler, made with freshly picked blackberries. Good memories. A dear friend ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes
Tags: Edible Landscape, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruit, Fruit Trees, Gardening, Levy County, Levy County Extension
UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardeners serve the community. Image of bees, flowers, landscape and people talking

“Can Anyone Out There Help Me?”


April 17, 2020

UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Extension Master Gardeners provide University of Florida research based horticulture options, multiply outreach of UF/IFAS Extension offices, saving taxpayer dollars and fill a gap in ... READ MORE

Category: Community Volunteers, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Lawn, Pests & Disease
Tags: Citizen Scientists, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardening, Master Gardener, Research, UF/IFAS Extension

Canning Food 101


April 9, 2020

Food Preservation has played a big role in my growing up, I remember picking vegetable in the garden and helping my parents preserve the produce. Living in a small rural community my family preserved most of our food from our large garden, ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agriculture, Curriculum, Food Safety, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Farmers Markes, Food Preservation, Food Safety, Food Temperature, Fruits And Vegetables, Gardening, Health And Wellness, Healthy Eating, Pressure Canning, Processed Food, Safe Food, UF/IFAS Extension, Vegetable Gardening, Water Bath Canning
The 2019 Master Gardener class, plus Pete (center blue cap) demonstrate soil sampling.

Vegetable Garden Soil Testing


March 26, 2020

I’ll be first to admit gardening is hard work. Over the years, the man of the mower has put in sweat and toiled to draw forth an edible bounty. Working the land has revealed a great deal about previous land use. Charred wood, metal farm implements ... READ MORE

Category: Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes
Tags: Fertilizer, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardening, Levy County, Levy County Extension, Master Gardener, UF IFAS, Vegetable, Water Quality

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