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A test to check the germination rate of old seeds

vegetable gardens

Have old seeds packets and wondering if the seeds are still viable to grow in the garden? Many seeds will last for years if stored correctly in a cool, dry, indoor environment. Follow these simple… Read More

The Importance of Planning in the Garden

As we move towards the fall and cool season gardening, consider the importance of garden planning. Landscape planning and design is well known, but do you plan your edible gardens? From vegetables to herbs to… Read More

Summer Flowers in 15 minutes: An On-Demand Webinar Series

Coreopsis in bloom

Join UF/IFAS Extension Polk County experts for an on-demand series of four, 15-minute online educational workshops to help you plan a beautiful summer garden of flowering plants. Topics include summer flowering annuals, perennials, wildflowers, and… Read More

Celebrate Pollinator Week June 21-27

Pollinator week header

Calling all gardeners (and all who want to be gardeners)! Would you like to learn how to help our natural environment and add beauty to your yard?  Join in this year’s annual international celebration of… Read More

Herbs: A Series of Helpful Fact Sheets

Your Polk Yard, Guide and Journal cover photo

Herbs are popular plants for many reasons. They are fun to grow and eat, and are attractive in the landscape. We have developed a series of fact sheets that will help you select, grow, and… Read More

Six Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Live oak canopy

The annual celebration of Earth Day promotes the message that everyone can contribute in a positive way to help preserve and restore our earth’s precious resources.  Here are five (no, six!) actions you can take… Read More

Fallen Oak Leaves Make a Great Mulch

Oak Leaf Mulch

It is a great time of year to refresh your landscape beds with mulch. A good source for (free) mulch is fallen oak leaves, which are in abundance this time of year.  Oak leaves are… Read More

What does frost and freeze damage look like?

freeze damage

There were quite a few cold nights during January and February this year and many of our landscape plants suffered frost and/or freeze damage. But what does that look like and what should you do… Read More