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A Winter Wildlife Garden

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January 20, 2023

What do you see in the  photo on the left? A container of useless dead plants A bouquet of pollinator plants in their “winter” form A container showing plants that are a source of nesting and shelter for our over-wintering native ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Wildlife
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Bees, Butterflies, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Native Plants, Polkgardening, Polkmg, UF/IFAS, Wildflowers, Wildlife
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“Ground” Yourself By Planting Florida Native Plants

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January 8, 2023

Most gardeners everywhere enjoy the rewarding experience of being “grounded”, so to speak, by planting and maintaining beautiful garden spaces.  And what better way to become grounded in our local environment than by including Florida’s ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Home Landscapes,
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Florida-Friendly Plants, Gardening, Hurricane, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Native Plants, Plants, Polk County FL, Polkgardening, Polkmg, Wildlife

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Minimize Pesticide Exposure


December 19, 2022

Pesticides are a common practice to control pests in agriculture, inside buildings, landscapes, natural areas, and in the Right of Way. At the same time, pesticides are chemicals developed to kill living organisms, meaning we need to use precaution ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Farm Management, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Personal_protective_equipment, Pesticides, Pesticide_applicator, Pesticide_protection, PPE, Small Farms Agent Polk, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Polk County

El Equipo de Protección Personal (EPP) Minimiza la Exposición de Plaguicidas


December 19, 2022

Los plaguicidas son una práctica común para controlar plagas en la agricultura, dentro de edificios, jardines, áreas naturales y en las vías públicas. Al mismo tiempo, los plaguicidas son productos químicos desarrollados para matar organismos ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Farm Management, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: En Espanol, Equipo_de_proteccion_personal, Espanol, Personal_protective_equipment, Pesticides, Pesticide_protection, PPE, Small Farms Agent Polk, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Polk County

Florida Farm Pests: Caterpillars


December 14, 2022

Most species of butterflies and moths feed on flower nectar and are harmless to plants. On the other hand, caterpillars can be harmful to crop and ornamental plants.   What are caterpillars and how I can Identify them? Caterpillars ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Farm Management, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Caterpillar, Florida_Pests, Pest_control, Polk Small Farms, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Polk County

Plagas de las Fincas de Florida: Orugas


December 14, 2022

La mayoría de las especies de mariposas y polillas se alimentan del néctar de las flores y son inofensivas para la mayoría de las plantas. Por otro lado, las orugas pueden ser dañinas para los cultivos y las plantas ornamentales.   ¿Qué ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Farm Management, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Caterpillar, En Espanol, Espanol, Florida Pests, Pest_control, Polk Small Farms, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Polk County
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A Part-Time and New Resident’s Guide to Gardening in Central Florida

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December 6, 2022

Welcome to Florida! The land of abundant sunshine and a more varied climate than you may think. From the occasional near freezing temperatures every few winters to summers full of heat, humidity, and rainstorms, Florida is quite a unique ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn
Tags: Central Florida, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardening, Jschelb, Part-time Residents, Plants, Polk County FL, Snowbirds, Vegetable Gardening

The Right Dose: Video Series


November 15, 2022

Florida is one of the most regulated states regarding pesticide applications.  Pesticide applicators licensed in Florida that apply Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP) must know their obligation under Florida Law. Restricted Use Pesticides are ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Farm Management, Home Landscapes, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Teaching, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Applying Pesticides Correctly, Pesticide License, Pesticide Testing, Pesticide Training, The Right Dose

La Dosis Correcta: Serie de Videos


November 15, 2022

Florida es uno de los estados más regulados con respecto a las aplicaciones de plaguicidas. Los aplicadores de plaguicidas con licencia en Florida que aplican Plaguicidas de Uso Restringido (RUP) deben conocer su obligación bajo la Ley de ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Farm Management, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Teaching, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Applying Pesticides Correctly, En Espanol, Espanol, La Dosis Correcta, Pesticide License, Pesticide Testing, Pesticide Training
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“Something to Talk About”—Seminole Pumpkins!

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October 25, 2022

Have you heard that Seminole pumpkins can be grown easily in Polk County? They are not only easy to grow but also make nutritious and flavorful dishes—and to top that off, they’re just plain fun! Seminole pumpkins are a cultivated ... READ MORE

Category: Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes,
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Halloween, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Polk County, Polkgardening, Polkmg, Pollinators, Pumpkins, Vegetable Gardening

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