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UF Researchers Work to Save Pesto!


August 27, 2021

Q: What's wrong with my basil? Here at Extension, we receive a lot of questions about struggling basil. One of the most common issues? A devastating disease called “basil downy mildew” which has become very widespread over the past few years... ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: #EatLocal, #EdibleLandscaping, #NotAllHeroesWearCapes, #RightPlantRightPlace, #SavePesto, #ThankAScientist, #WorkSmarterNotHarder, FloridaFriendly, IPM
Flowering shrub in dappled sunlight - Walter's viburnum

Tips for Success! – Planting a shrub (the right way)


August 27, 2020

Are you getting ready to plant new shrubs in your landscape? Before you buy another plant or dig another hole, watch this quick step-by-step video tutorial. I've included tips about plant selection, hole sizing, mulching & more. Get ready ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture
Tags: Design Tips, Drought Tolerant Plants, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Landscape, Landscaping, Native Plants, Planting, Pollinator Gardens, Pollinators, Resilient Landscaping, Right Place, Right Plant, Roots, Shrubs, Tips, Wildlife

Sheet Mulching for Weed Prevention


February 19, 2018

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 ... READ MORE

Category: Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Control, Donated, Environmentally Friendly, Free, Garden, Germination, Mulch, Newspaper, Permaculture, Register, Sheet, Tree, Weeds, Wood

Time to Prep for Spring Vegetable Gardening!


February 5, 2018

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 heat, but spring and fall are our most ... READ MORE

Category: Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Brassicas, Cauliflower, Fall, Gardening, Greens, Kale, Microgreens, Mustard, Okra, Overseeded, Peppers, Season, Sweet Potato, Tomatoes, Veggie Gardening, Winter

Healthy Lifestyle Guidance from Farm to Table and Home


January 26, 2018

The University of Florida/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office, located in Dade City, offers a large variety of free healthy lifestyle and eating classes of which you may not have heard. Some of the programming includes the Family Nutrition Program ... READ MORE

Category: Community Volunteers, Food Safety, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Horticulture, Money Matters, Recreation, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Balanced Meals, Budgeting, Classes, Community Gardens, Dade City, Family Nutrition Program, Foor Preservation, Gardening, Healthy Eating, Money Management, Personal Finance, UF/IFAS Pasco Extension Office, Veggies

Dade City Watson Park Community Gardens are Open for Planting!


January 26, 2018

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 ... READ MORE

Category: Community Volunteers, Crops, Events, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Horticulture, Recreation, Relationships & Family, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Community Gardens, Cox Elementary, Dade City, Dade City Garden Club, Dr. Mukhtar, Mayor Camille Hernandez, Pasco Master Gardeners, UF/IFAS, Watson Park

What to do with cold damaged plants…


January 8, 2018

The recent bout of cold weather might have damaged some of your cold-sensitive plants. Don’t make the mistake of doing the wrong thing, thinking you are aiding the plant. Here are some tips that will help you decide what to do now. If the ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Cold Damage, Freezing, Frost, Plants, Pruning, Sensitive, Temperatures, Weather, Winter

Dade City Watson Park Community Garden: Get your free plot now!


January 8, 2018

The first community garden in Florida to arise through the cooperation of the University of Florida and a local municipality, Dade City Watson Park Community Garden is off to a great start and destined for abundant success. Just a month after ... READ MORE

Category: Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Budget, Community, Community Garden, Dade City, Eating, Healthy, Master Gardener, Municipality, Program, Skills, University Of Florida, Vegetables, Volunteers, Wheelchair

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


December 29, 2017

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 possible for them to transmit viruses to plants ... READ MORE

Category: Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Aphid, Flu, Low-toxicity Pesticide, Plant Disease, Thrip, Vaccine, Vector, Virus, Whitefly

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


December 29, 2017

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 on if you have a monoecious or dioecious ... READ MORE

Category: Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Bees, Complete, Dioecious, Female Flower, Gardening, Incomplete, Male Flower, Monoecious, Pollination, Pollinators, Vegetables

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