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New Fertilizer Ordinance for Monroe County


August 11, 2021

Monroe County Board of County Commissioners recently passed a fertilizer ordinance with the intent of limiting nutrient applications to turf and landscape plants. Nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen, have the potential to contribute to ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Work & Life
Tags: Fertilizer, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Florida Keys, Sustainability, Sustainable Landscaping
beneficial insects

The Ways Insects Benefit Our Yards


June 4, 2021

When we think about insects in our yards and gardens, our first thought is probably not about all the many good things they do. But make no mistake, there are far more good bugs than bad bugs which benefit our yards in numerous ways; just ... READ MORE

Category: , Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease
Tags: Agriculture, Beneficial Insects, Biodiversity, Diversity, Florida, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Florida Keys, Insect Diversity, Insects, IPM Florida, Native Plants

A Changing Landscape in Subterranean Termite Control


March 4, 2021

This is a summary of a recent presentation by Dr. Thomas Chouvenc on the importance of termite colony biology on control methods Termites evolved from cockroaches 150 million years ago. There are now over 3,000 termite species worldwide, ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, , Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Pests & Disease
Tags: Insects, Invasive Species, IPM Florida, Subterranean Termites, Termite Control, Termites
Heirloom tomato variations

Everglades Tomato-A Summer Tomato for the Keys


April 20, 2020

Also known locally as wild tomato or currant tomato, the Everglades tomato is a wonder for gardeners in the Florida Keys. The tomato blooms and fruits all year long, is tolerant of our alkaline soil, brackish water, salt winds, and is resistant ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, , Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources
Tags: Edible Landscape, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Florida Keys, Gardening, Vegetable Gardening
Roselle caylces

Roselle, The Florida Cranberry


April 3, 2020

Roselle, a relative of hibiscus, was once used widely as an edible plant in Florida. The flowers are less showy than other hibiscus varieties, but their calyces (sepals at the base of the flower) are amazing! As the flower dies the calyx ... READ MORE

Category: , Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture
Tags: Edible Landscape, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Florida Keys, Home Gardening, Master Gardener Volunteer, Vegetable Gardening

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