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New Vegetable Gardener — Cool Season Vegetable Gardening in Central Florida

cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, green onions

This is the second vegetable garden season of the year. It is the longest vegetable gardening season with almost five months of growing the easiest vegetables you will enjoy. It will be cooler. It will have fewer insect… Read More

Tree-cycle: Recycle your Fall Leaves

Brown fallen leaf

Let the leaves be! If you have a tree in your landscape, tree-cycle your leaves as mulch or compost. This Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ practice will reduce the amount of waste that you generate while providing benefits to your landscape…. Read More

Disaster Preparation: Protecting Your Home

As we see hurricane Laura’s effects in the news, it’s crucial to remain alert and prepare as hurricane season remains active and typically peaks in September. In fact, the National Weather Service recently revised its predictions for the… Read More

Seed Saving Basics

Pepper seed saving

Seed Saving 101 If you plan to start saving seeds, it’s best to choose open-pollinated (heirloom vegetable) varieties so the new plant will have characteristics similar to the parent plant. It is not recommended to save seeds from… 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

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

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 so many Americans,… Read More