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Plants Need Social Distancing Too

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Social distancing has become an all-too important description of our healthy relationships with one another during the pandemic.  Did you know plants can benefit from “distancing” too?  In fact, for central Florida gardeners, “distancing” in our landscapes has… Read More

Gardening During the Pandemic: Finding a Refuge

Gardens have been associated with healing since ancient times, and people have long turned to gardens as places of refuge.  During these current days of health, economic and other concerns, the need for healing and refuge is paramount. … Read More

Caladiums: Big Color for Shady Gardens

Caladiums up close

Caladiums are tuber plants in the Araceae family, which are best known for their fabulous foliage.  Even if you have what is construed to be a “brown thumb”, you will be pleasantly surprised at the ease of the… Read More

Brahminy Blind Snake

UF IFAS Extension Office Sign

Perhaps while working in your yard you have come across an animal that looked very much like an earthworm… but not quite… have you considered it might be a snake?  Next time, take another look.  If it is… Read More

Suspicious Seed Packets New Updates From FDACS

UF IFAS Extension Office Sign

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has updated their recommendations for residents receiving suspicious seed packets by mail. Why is this a concern for Florida residents? The types of seed in the packages remains unknown… Read More

Growing Happy Houseplants

sansiveria houseplants

Houseplants are becoming increasingly popular, and rightfully so—from unique plants to fun and quirky containers, they are a great addition to your home décor. How do you know what plants will grow well in your home? Follow these… Read More

Do you need tree work? Find a certified arborist.

If you are in need of tree work, particularly if you have concerns as we move into hurricane season, it is important that you find a qualified professional to do that tree work for you.  We suggest that… Read More

Don’t Let the Summer Heat Bug You

spanish moth caterpillar

Summer rains have begun.  It is hot, muggy and buggy, and to top it all off, the chances of plant disease increases during our rainy season. While this may all seem overwhelming, there are ways to control and… Read More

Vegetable Gardening Link Round-Up from UF/IFAS Extension

Vegetable Gardening

Are you looking for information on growing vegetables in Florida? We have gathered all of the UF/IFAS fact sheets and websites for you. Vegetables from A-Z (get information on specific vegetables) Starting the Garden Using Seeds Starting the… Read More

Growing Bulbs in Central Florida

Miss Moffett Caladiums

Bulbs can be grown in yards throughout Florida, but they are not the traditional tulips and daffodils you would find in northern climates. Plant your bulbs in sun to partial sun locations in spring, summer, or fall, depending… Read More