Category: Crops

Sheet Mulching for Weed Prevention

With warmer weather comes more rainfall. While it’s great for lawns and ornamentals, its also great for the weeds. An environmentally friendly alternative to weed control is sheet mulching. This permaculture technique consists of laying down a thick… Read More

Star Performer Award for Pasco Extension Employee

Congratulations to Eden Santiago-Gomez, UF/IFAS Pasco Extension Community Gardens Program Assistant! Eden was selected by the Public Services Branch for a Star Performer Award from the Pasco BOCC. Excellent work, Eden! Pictured from left to right: Cathy Pearson,… Read More

Community Garden Thrives and Changes Lives

The Hilltop Landings Community Garden, revitalized a year ago by UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension, continues to grow strong. Resident volunteers maintain the community garden under the guidance of Community Gardens Program Assistant, Eden Santiago-Gomez, and since the beginning… Read More

Time to Prep for Spring Vegetable Gardening!

Did you know that you can grow vegetables year round in Florida? The trick is knowing that summer really isn’t a good time for most veggies. A few, like sweet potatoes and okra, do well in the summer… Read More

Dade City Watson Park Community Gardens are Open for Planting!

January 26, 2018 was a great day for the UF/IFAS Pasco Extension Office. County Extension Director/Urban Horticulture Agent, Dr. Whitney Elmore, opened the planting ceremony by thanking sponsors, Eden Santiago-Gomez (Community Garden Program Assistant), Dade City and UF/IFAS… Read More

Can my plants catch the flu? Plant viruses and transmission to hosts

It’s flu season! Hopefully, you have gotten the flu vaccine for you and your family this year. If not, there’s still time. While you may or may not catch the flu this year, some folks wonder if it’s… Read More

Monoecious vs Dioecious: Self-Pollinating vs Cross-Pollinating Plants

When starting a vegetable garden or even orchard, you may wonder if you need two or more plants of a certain variety to cross-pollinate each other or if you can get away with just one. This will depend… Read More

Potting Soil, Topsoil, Compost, Seed Starting Potting Mix – What’s the difference?

You find yourself standing in the store, staring at dozens of different bags of soil trying to figure exactly what you need to start a garden – what’s the difference between all of these “soils”? Typically, you will… Read More

Sweet Potato Harvest at Hilltop Landings Community Garden

Sweet Potato Harvest at Hilltop Landings Community Garden After 5 months in the ground, the sweet potatoes at Hilltop Landings Community Garden were finally big enough and ready to harvest. This past week the UF/IFAS Extension Pasco County… Read More