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The Rain Sensor: Is your Rainy Season Hero Alive and Well?

Maggie Gaughan
June 14, 2022

Over here in Southwest Florida, rainy season has officially begun! The unsung hero of the rainy season is none-other than the rain sensor! Rain sensors interrupt your irrigation system controller's programmed schedule when adequate rainfall ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Lawn, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Irrigation, Mobile Irrigation Lab, Rain, Rain Sensor, Save Water, Sprinklers, Water Conservation

Raining Fall Color


October 27, 2021

Raining Fall Color It is fall in southwest Florida. Pumpkins have arrived on doorsteps and jackets are emerging from the depths of closets to meet the chill of early morning. Marking the turn of the seasons in Florida takes careful observation. ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes
Tags: Colorful, Environment, Fall Gardening, Florida Friendly Landscape, Gardening, IFAS, Landscape, Manatee County, Manatee County Extension, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildflowers

From The Garden Bench: Swamp Sunflower


August 23, 2021

A Native Fall Winner: Swamp Sunflower by: Norma Kisida, Master Gardener Volunteer As summer flowers fade, we still have many later blooming native plants to bring us color and provide food for wildlife. One that may not be as common in the ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Fall Gardening, Master Gardener, Pollinator Gardening, Pollinators, Sunflower, Swamp Sunflower, Wildflowers

Winging our Way to Reading Success


June 30, 2021

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need”. -Cicero On June 5th, 2021 a group of Manatee County Master Gardener Volunteers came together with community members and library staff to install a pollinator garden at ... READ MORE

Category: Community Volunteers, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Library Garden, Master Gardener Volunteer, Palmetto Public Library, Pollinators

Which Pesticide License Do I Need?


December 13, 2020

Most pesticide applicator licenses in Florida will require passing two exams at least, depending on the specific intended pesticide application and site of application. A) Private Applicator You need a private pesticide applicator agricultural ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, , Crops, Farm Management, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Turf, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Ag Row, Applicator, Commercial, Exam Prep, General Standards, Online Class, Pesticide Applicator, Pesticide License, Pesticide Training, Pesticides, Private, Public

Peace In Gardening: Getting Started (Part 2 in the Series)


April 9, 2020

Introduction In this time of social distancing, we are all spending more time at home. This ‘extra’ time has encouraged many folks to re-evaluate the current state of their home garden. Whether you are an avid gardener that got too busy ... READ MORE

Category: , Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes
Tags: Gardening, Master Gardener Volunteer, Planting Gardens, Starting A Garden, UF/IFAS

Finding Peace in Gardening (Part 1 of a Series)


April 2, 2020

Introduction In this time of social distancing, we are all spending more time at home. This ‘extra’ time has encouraged many folks to re-evaluate the current state of their home garden. Whether you are an avid gardener that got too busy ... READ MORE

Category: , Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Horticulture
Tags: Florida Master Gardener Volunteer, Gardening, Health And Nutrition, Stress Relief, Vegetables

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