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Everglades Tomato-A Summer Tomato for the Keys

Heirloom tomato variations

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… Read More

Roselle, The Florida Cranberry

Roselle caylces

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… Read More

This Thanksgiving: Waste Not!

Thanksgiving Day feast, lakeside

The Farm Bureau’s annual Thanksgiving price survey estimates that Thanksgiving Day accounts for $282 million of uneaten turkeys that end up in the trash. Added to our overall food consumption, we throw away 34 million tons of food… Read More

Florida Keys Plant Clinics

Beneficial Robber fly

Each month, Monroe County Extension Service hosts numerous plant clinics throughout the Florida Keys. This is an opportunity for residents to bring in plant or insect samples for identification, ask questions about what to grow here in zone… Read More

Gardeners Beware! Milkweed Toxicity

Tropical milkweed

As gardeners, we are aware of skin irritations due to contact from plants such as, Poisonwood (Metopium toxiferum), and Manchineel (Hippomane mancinella), found right in our Florida Keys backyards. But, the eyes, the eyes! Corneal Endothelial Toxicity, a toxicity… Read More

Attracting Birds in the Keys

Tickseed species

Here in the beautiful Florida Keys, we have no shortage of tidal shoreline and coastal landscapes, in addition to some unique natural habitats. This provides a fantastic opportunity to observe many of nature’s beautiful creatures. Especially this time… Read More