Seed Saving Lecture and Plant Clinic Happening in June

Many gardeners have questions about saving seed such as which seeds can be saved, how to harvest and store seeds and how long can seeds be saved and still be viable. These and more questions will be answered at our June Lecture Series on Monday, June 17, 2024.

The UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardener Volunteers in Okaloosa County will provide a lecture titled Seed Saving. Margaret Stewart, UF/IFAS Master Gardener Volunteer and Extension Program Assistant in Okaloosa County, will be the speaker.

The approximately one-hour lecture begins at 10 a.m. at the Okaloosa County Extension Office, located at 3098 Airport Road in Crestview, Florida.

There is no charge to attend but seating is limited, and registration is required. Please use this Eventbrite link to register:

June 21 Plant Clinic SignThe June plant clinic will be held Friday, June 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the temporary UF/IFAS Extension Annex located in the back of the Okaloosa Technical College Campus at 1976 Lewis Turner Boulevard in Fort Walton Beach.

Aerial map to Plant Clinic location is found below this article. 

The plant clinic is not a lecture type program but provides a place for individuals to bring samples of their lawn, landscape or garden plants for diagnosis, including weeds and insects for identification.

To participate, bring a fresh sample of the weed, plant, insect, etc., to the clinic. This may include a plant stem with several leaves, a 4-inch square of grass with roots attached, etc.

Completely dead plants or samples from the middle of a dead lawn area are not helpful for diagnosis. It’s best to bring samples that exhibit early symptom development and that have plant parts that are still partially alive for accurate diagnosis.

You also may bring a sample of soil from your lawn, landscape or garden for pH testing. Use a clean shovel, trowel or soil probe to collect a representative sample by taking thin slices or cores of soil to a depth of six to eight inches from ten different spots throughout the plant bed, lawn or garden. Thoroughly mix all the small soil slices/cores together in a clean bucket. Place one to two cups of this mixture in a closable plastic bag or small throwaway plastic container and bring to the clinic for testing. Attach a slip of paper with your name, phone number and where the sample was taken (e.g. lawn, vegetable garden, flowerbed, etc.).

Call the UF/IFAS Extension Office at 850-689-5850 for more info about these events.

The University of Florida is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. For disability accommodations such as alternate formats of written material, please contact Larry Williams,, 850-689-5850 at least one week in advance.

Directions to Extension Annex at Okaloosa Technical College in Fort Walton Beach
Directions to OTC Extension Annex in Fort Walton Beach. Credit: Larry Williams

Posted: June 10, 2024

Category: Events, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, HOME LANDSCAPES, Horticulture, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease
Tags: Lecture, Plant Clinic, Plant Diagnostics, Saving Seeds, Seminar

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