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4-H Day Camps Back for In-Person Learning

Orange County 4-H is excited to offer in-person 4-H day camps again this summer. Though we offered virtual versions of camp in 2020, we know kids are ready to get together for learning and fun… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Is it too Late to Start a Vegetable Garden?

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New Vegetable Gardener — Is it too Late to Start a Vegetable Garden? Several months ago in this series on vegetable gardening information (New Vegetable Gardener) you learned about the vegetable garden seasons in Central… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Square Foot Gardening

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You want to have a vegetable garden but the back yard is too small or there is no back yard and very limited space elsewhere in the landscape. What can you do? Maybe consider installing… 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

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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

COVID-19 Impacts: Let’s Talk Money

Save some money for emergencies! How often have we heard that advice? With unprecedented times, we never imagined the magnitude of the COVID-19 virus and the impact on our finances, families, workplaces and schools. Yet, for… Read More

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

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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

New Vegetable Gardener — Organic Practices in the Backyard Vegetable Garden

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When a group of backyard gardeners get together and talk about the organic practices they use in the vegetable gardens, you will often hear information that is confusing, such as I don’t use chemicals in… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Gardening with Fewer Pesticides – Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

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Pesticides are greatly misunderstood by many and incorrectly used by some. Do we need to use pesticides at all in the vegetable garden? I know many of you just jumped on this question with a… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Soil Testing; pH and Nutrients

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It is always good to know if you have sufficient nutrients in the soil and if the soil will allow your vegetable plants to take up those nutrients. This is a simple test and should… Read More