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Learn how to start, maintain a fresh herb garden from UF/IFAS experts

  • The next “Gardening in the Panhandle LIVE!” will discuss growing culinary herbs.
  • The next event is live on May 13 at 1 p.m. Eastern, noon Central.
  • Recordings are posted afterward at tinyurl.com/GardeningLive.
  • Zoom requires pre-registration, and viewers have another option to tune in on Facebook Live. An expert monitors each platform’s comments to answer viewer questions live.

 

Although dried seasonings get the job done, fresh herbs can be a welcome addition to any home-cooked meal. University of Florida experts say growing your own seasonings can be done, and they want to help.

To address some of the most common home landscaping and gardening questions, UF/IFAS Extension horticulture agents in the Northwest Florida counties developed a free virtual series called “Gardening in the Panhandle LIVE!” The next edition, going live May 13 at 1 p.m. Eastern/noon Central, will discuss herb gardening. It airs concurrently on both Zoom and the “Gardening in the Panhandle” Facebook page.

UF/IFAS experts are on hand to answer audience questions during each event. The upcoming expert panel features Beth Bolles, UF/IFAS Extension Escambia County environmental horticulture agent; Julie McConnell, UF/IFAS Extension Bay County commercial and residential horticulture agent; Mary Salinas, UF/IFAS Extension Santa Rosa County environmental horticulture agent; and Trevor Hylton, UF/IFAS Extension Leon County horticulture agent who is also affiliated with Florida A&M University.

Zoom participants can submit questions when they register. Registration is required at tinyurl.com/Herbs05-21 to receive the access information for that platform. Both the Zoom and Facebook comment sections are also monitored and addressed by UF/IFAS Northwest Extension District horticulture experts who are not on the current panel.

The series began last year as more people turned to gardening during the COVID-19 pandemic and virtual programming increased in popularity. The 2021 series has previously included discussions on weeds, spring vegetable gardening and lawn care. After each session, recordings are closed captioned and uploaded to a YouTube playlist (tinyurl.com/GardeningLive). All previous recordings can be viewed there now.

Coming up in the next few presentations are discussions on ornamental and turf diseases (June 10) and beneficial insects (July 29). View the rest of the schedule at tinyurl.com/y5r34fa4.

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