As we relish the flavors of locally grown strawberries, their sweet aroma and vibrant hues evoke the essence of sunshine captured in each bite. In the wake of Valentine's Day, where strawberries often take center stage, let's dive into the art ... READ MORE
If you have new wild friends visiting you, it is likely that you can thank the heavy rains that we have been getting. Many animals, including snakes, are looking for higher ground. Be aware of your surroundings and watch where you step. During ... READ MORE
As we celebrate the fall and winter holidays, you may spend more time at home wandering around your yard. Notice any new sounds? Or flicks of color fly by? Florida is home to over 500 species of birds (credit: Florida Ornithological Society), ... READ MORE
For thousands of years, in an unbroken chain, seeds have been saved from each harvest to be sown the next season. Seed saving provides many benefits to the seed saver. The costs of seeds has notably risen in the past several years, but more ... READ MORE
North Central Florida will reliably experience a freezing event at some point during the winter months. As a consequence, some gardens can be more affected or even killed by freezing temperatures.
Freeze injury is generally caused by the ... READ MORE
Fall in Florida may not be as colorful as in other parts of the country, but there are many autumn flowers that are blooming purple to enjoy. The more I looked around our gardens, the more purple blooms I found. So if purple is your favorite ... READ MORE
Every September the Swamp Sunflowers finally begin opening their flower buds and by mid-October they are in full bloom! I use the word “finally” because it is a long journey from seedling to bloom for this flora species!
Swamp sunflowers, ... READ MORE
Why does soil pH matter?
The foundation of every successful garden starts with quality soil. Whether you’re growing vegetables, flowers, turf, shrubs, or any other plant matter, you must be aware of your soil pH and understand that it can ... READ MORE
It is best to plant ginger and turmeric rhizomes in spring or early summer. Inspect the rhizomes to ensure they are healthy and contain buds that will produce shoots after planting. Rhizomes can be soaked for several hours before planting to ... READ MORE
Ginger and turmeric are two closely related spice plants that can be readily grown throughout most of Florida. They belong to the Zingiberaceae family of plants that also contain cardamom. Both plants are widely used for culinary and medicinal ... READ MORE