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Springtime blooms for the garden (and our pollinator friends, too!)

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Springtime color welcomes birds, butterflies, native bees and other pollinators! Did you know that urban pollinator gardens offer not just beauty, but also places of refuge, protection and nourishment for our airborne wildlife? These blooms,… Read More

Build your own pollinator hotel

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What is a Pollinator Hotel? A pollinator hotel is a habitat for bees and wasps that is created from a variety of materials. Why Build a Pollinator Hotel? If you would like to support native… Read More

Earth Day Round-Up: What to do, attend, and learn!

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TO DO: Make Beeswax Food Wrappers at Home Make a Worm Farm at Home Make a Pollinator House at Home Start Composting Install a Rain Barrel TO ATTEND: Let’s Make Some Black Gold! Composting Webinar… Read More

Let the worms do the work! Build your own worm farm for composting

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What is a Worm Farm? Worm farming, or vermicomposting, is a way to recycle food waste using worms.  Worms are housed  in an enclosed compost bin, or worm farm, and are fed food scraps.  The… Read More

Wildlife of Florida: A Webinar Series

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Join UF/IFAS Extension Agents, Shannon Carnevale and Lara Milligan, for a series of webinars on Florida’s diverse wildlife.​ Wildlife of Florida: A Webinar Series will take place every Monday, April 20 – May 25, 2020, … Read More

Resources from UF/IFAS for teachers, parents, and kids

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UF/IFAS Extension has science-based resources on a variety of topics for teachers, parents and kids.  From insects to robotics, plants to manatees, we have curriculum, videos, and coloring sheets you can use! This page will… Read More

A New Caterpillar in the Garden? First Step, Identification!

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Recently, I was thrilled to see a new caterpillar in my garden. I have many host plants for butterfly larva and was excited to find out what it was. It was a pretty caterpillar. Would… Read More

A Garden is a Place of Hope

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A recent ad from a gardening catalog stated that “Gardening is not Cancelled”. What an inspiring thought! These days are hard, with health and economic fears, and it can seem at times there is nowhere… Read More

Gardening tasks during a time of social distancing

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It can be hard to think of things to do when social distancing, but remember, you can still be alone (or with your family) while outside! There are plenty of things you can do in… Read More

Happy Birthday to…Florida!

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Did you know that today, March 3, 2020, is Florida’s 175th birthday?  We know Florida is pretty special and a great way to celebrate, is to get outside and explore and appreciate all that Florida… Read More