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A meadow of Muhly at Shamrock Park in South Venice. Not pictured here, are several gopher tortoise burrows scattered throughout the muhly grass. Bunch grasses provide valuable shelter for wildlife.

Plants at Their Peak: Magical Muhly!

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November 9, 2023

Plants at Their Peak: Magical Muhly!  As late autumn arrives, native Muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris) takes center stage in Florida landscapes, showcasing its natural beauty and ecological significance. Muhly grass is a true spectacle ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: FFL, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Landscape, Landscaping, Pgm_HortRes, PlantsAtTheirPeak, Wildlife
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What Is That Lawn Ornament? Florida Snow?!?

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November 7, 2023

  A handful of the Lawn Ornaments that will be featured in this blog series. Top row left to right, Sunshine Mimosa, Perennial Peanut, Frogfruit, Fleabane. Bottom row left to right, Pennywort, Lobelia, Florida Snow, Blue Eyed Grass. Welcome ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn
Tags: FFL, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Landscape, Landscaping, Lawn, Pgm_HortRes
a woman walks through a corn field and scans growing crops. [credit: unsplash.com, gonzalo facello]

Becoming a Farmer (Part 4 of 7): “How” Will You Produce Your Crops and Raise Your Animals?


November 1, 2023

"It isn't what you do, but how you do it." —John Wooden, Hall of Fame basketball coach Last time we talked about some of the thousands of different products, the "what" you can produce on a farm, from livestock to bees and fish, from trees ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Farm Management
Tags: Ag, Agriculture, BecomingAFarmer, Business, Farm, Farm School, Grower, Pgm_Ag, Ranch, Small Farm, Small Farming

Plants at Their Peak: Swamp Sunflower

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October 17, 2023

Florida's Fall Festivity When October arrives in Florida, it may not bring the same fiery tree foliage that northern states boast, but the Sunshine State has its own unique way of celebrating fall. One of the standout performers of this season ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Conservation, Environment, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Garden, Horticulture, Landscape, Nature, Pgm_HortRes, Wildlife
A deep shade lawn that is covered in Basketgrass

What Is That Lawn Ornament? Don’t Turn Into a Basket Case. Embrace Basketgrass!

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October 6, 2023

Welcome to our Lawn Ornament blog series, where we explore one of the plethora of micro-plants that can help create a biodiverse, predominantly green, yet also delightfully colorful lawn that requires much less maintenance than a traditional ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn
Tags: Conservation, Environment, FFL, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Landscape, Landscaping, Lawn, Nature, Pgm_HortRes, Sustainability
A house surrounded by flowers of perennial peanut.

Embracing Lawn Ornaments: A Starter Guide

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October 5, 2023

Transforming Your Lawn into a Mixed-Mowables, Biodiverse, Low-Maintenance Oasis Welcome to our Lawn Ornament blog series, where we explore one of the plethora of micro-plants that can help create a biodiverse, predominantly green, yet ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn
Tags: Conservation, Environment, FFL, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Garden, Horticulture, Landscape, Landscaping, Lawn, Nature, Pgm_HortRes, Sustainability, Water, Wildlife
A pine forest in Sarasota County

Post-Hurricane Landscaping Tips: Pines in Decline

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September 29, 2023

Florida is no stranger to the powerful forces of hurricanes that sweep through its landscapes, leaving devastation in their wake. Hurricane Idalia, Ian, and Irma have all drastically impacted our local landscapes in recent years. While immediate ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, Work & Life
Tags: Disaster, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Hurricane, Landscape, Pgm_HortRes, Storm
Batch of new chicks in the brooder, won't be ready for pastures for weeks. [CREDIT: UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County, Rod Greder]

Becoming a Farmer (Part 3 of 7): “What” Do You Want to Produce? Can you? Should You?


September 14, 2023

There are as many microorganisms in a spoonful of healthy soil as stars in the sky and neurons in the brain. Astounding facts! I'm not sure which is more mind-bending. There are almost as many different ways to farm and things to produce. KEY ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Farm Management
Tags: Ag, Agriculture, BecomingAFarmer, Business, Farm, Farm School, Grower, Pgm_Ag, Ranch, Small Farm, Small Farming
farmer carries his young son through a field

Becoming a Farmer (Part 2 of 7): “Why” Do You Want to Farm? Is Your Reason Grounded, Authentic and Resilient?


September 6, 2023

KEY QUESTIONS • Who? • WHY? • What? • Where? • When? • How? Today, we're about the "why." We'll start with a quote about reason, from JP Morgan, the famous American banker and financier: "A man always has two ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Farm Management
Tags: Ag, Agriculture, BecomingAFarmer, Business, Farm, Farm School, Grower, Pgm_Ag, Ranch, Small Farm, Small Farming
photo illustration of corn (close up) against a blue sky with white clouds. [credit: pixabay.com, skitterphoto]

Becoming a Farmer (Part 1 of 7): “Who” Wants to Farm? And What’s With That Buzzkill Question?


August 21, 2023

KEY QUESTIONS • WHO? • Why? • What? • Where? • When? • How? So, you want to get started farming, but don't know where to begin. Simple: start by lining up your vision, mission, values, and guiding principles. Be ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Farm Management
Tags: Ag, Agriculture, BecomingAFarmer, Business, Farm, Farm School, Grower, Pgm_Ag, Ranch, Small Farm, Small Farming

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