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Category: Agriculture

Strawberry Plugs vs Bare Root

Young strawberry plants in plastic mulch bed.

Strawberry transplants in Florida are traditionally bare-root short-day cultivars produced in the north and planted in early October for November harvesting. Bare-root transplants are field harvested in such a way that leaves are removed, wounds created that pathogens… Read More

Fertilizer: The quick approach to following laws and feeding turf

Fertilizer is law in Florida. Nuances of the law are different depending on state, county, or local laws in place. Many commercial landscaping businesses are responsible for keeping our lands beautiful across city and county lines. Here is… Read More

Trees and Lightning Strikes

lightning skies

STRIKE! BOOM! CRAAAACK! Yes, folks, that is the sound of Florida’s rainy season. Florida’s heavy summer rainfall certainly keeps plants growing like Jack’s beanstalk, but sometimes those skies are also laced with lightning. Frightening! Florida does experience more… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension Orange County “Safely Resuming Operations”

Beginning on Monday, June 1, 2020, the Orange County Extension Education Center, 6021 S. Conway Road will SAFELY resume operations on a limited basis from 8:00am – Noon, Monday – Friday. You must have an appointment. Please call… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Compost and Composting

cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, green onions

Compost Happens! Compost is the result of natural decomposition of organic matter. Take a walk in the woods and turn over a pile of leaves. That dark “earthy” material that has no unpleasant smell and doesn’t look anything… Read More

Insects or Irrigation? Check irrigation system first.

Irrigation Pattern

Turfgrass responds to different seasons and it is mostly driven by light, water, and temperature.  Remember, plants need light, water, and nutrients to grow! So those short, cool winter days with sparse rainfall result in turf going into… Read More