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Category: Home Landscapes

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… Read More

Water Wednesday Recap – Florida-Friendly Landscaping

You may hear some myths that Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ means “you plant it and you forget it” or it looks wild and untamed. This is not the picture we want anyone to paint of a Florida-Friendly… 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… 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… 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… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Gardening with Kids

cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, green onions

When did your love of gardening begin? It was probably when you were a kid and a parent or grandparent shared their love of gardening with you. Vegetable gardens offer numerous benefits to a kid…. Read More

Keep Children Active at Home

I’m bored, there’s nothing to do, I’m bored, there’s nothing to do, I’m so so so bored! How often have parents and caretakers have heard this over the last 2 weeks? I’m sure it’s enough… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — No Backyard for a Garden???

cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, green onions

Growing your own food, both vegetables and herbs, can be challenging if you do not have enough space in the backyard for a garden or you don’t have a backyard at all. Don’t give up… Read More