When you read the word “bee,” what comes to mind? Is it an image of a honeybee? If so, you are in the company of most people. Not many would argue the sweet benefits of this insect. However, for me, I picture the clumsy, round bumblebee. ... READ MORE
A question often asked at the Extension office is what kinds of fruits can we grow? Well, it is a tough question as we are in a growing zone that is not quite temperate and not quite tropical. Many temperate fruits such as peach, plum, and ... READ MORE
What is a hydroponic system? How does it differ from traditional growing of plants? How can we try it at home? Last Water Wednesday, we invited the Sustainable Ag and Food Systems Agent in Seminole County, Dr. Morgan Pinkerton to give an introduction ... READ MORE
Preservation of agricultural land is crucial. Annually, one million acres of farmland are converted to nonfarm uses. Most of the conversion happens in metropolitan counties where four out of five Americans live. Urban agriculture is an emerging ... READ MORE
Do you know how much water you use on a daily basis? Have you heard of virtual water? Did you know that water is used to create nearly every product out there, including our food? Last Water Wednesday, we invited the Sustainable Ag and Food ... READ MORE
Since ancient times humans have been propagating plants for foods, clothing, and eye appeal. Today, there are three main techniques that can be used to propagate plants including, the usage of seeds, use of cuttings (including air layering), ... READ MORE
Having grown up in north Florida, blackberries were a staple in my summer diet. They always grew wild along the fences that separated our pastures. Today, we have a wide variety of cultivated blackberries that are thornless and much sweeter.
When ... READ MORE
Did you know that UF/IFAS has an extension center in downtown Hastings?
Just off of E. St. Johns Ave, you can take a tour of our demonstration landscape, gardens and commercial production practices in Hastings. Interested in a cutting garden? ... READ MORE
Could you describe or explain the difference between a Scuppernong and other grapes if asked?
People often ask me, “What is the difference between a scuppernong and a muscadine?” Well, muscadines are a species of grapes that naturally grow ... READ MORE
It’s fall, y’all! Now is the time that you get your vegetable plants in the ground.
You’ve still got time to plant by seed if you haven’t found your favorite varieties yet. Fall is a great time to plant Brassicas in the vegetable garden. ... READ MORE