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Growing Gardeners, A Starter Kit

April 2, 2024

Looking to garden in Sarasota, FL but unsure where to start? Worry not, because UF/IFAS Sarasota County Extension has resources you can put in your toolkit that can get you started AND keep you growing for years to come. These resources belong ... READ MORE

Category: Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Horticulture, Work & Life
Tags: Edible_gardening, Faq, Gardening, How_to_garden_in_FL, StarterKit, Vegetable_gardening, When_to_plant_in_FL
Altica spp. flea beetle

Leap into Learning: Flea Beetles

February 27, 2024

The daytime call of birdsong heralds our gentle transition into the spring season. Light rainstorms ensure that our soils are saturated and that our plants are nourished. The sun's rays work in tandem to encourage the emergence of fresh, ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Farm Management, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Wildlife
Tags: Beetle, Biocontrol, Control, Damage, Ecofriendly, Entomology, Flea, Insects, Pests, Pgm_Chemicals, Plant
Laurel Community Garden wide view of path and plots with vegetables growing

Navigating Your Next Garden Adventure

December 16, 2023

Sarasota County is robust with green growing spaces. And, they've become easier to find and explore, with our new gardens story map. The story map—an online, interactive tool— showcases the demonstration and community gardens in our extension ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Community Garden, Demonstration Garden, Garden, Grow, Pgm_Gardens, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County
One Seed Swiss Chard seedlings growing in a raised bed.

There’s No Place Like Home…for Gardening, That Is

December 13, 2023

There’s no place like home! When it comes to grabbing food for the dinner table, harvesting from your home garden is about as convenient as a person could want. While I primarily support edible gardening in school and community gardens ... READ MORE

Category: Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Work & Life
Tags: One Seed, Pgm_Gardens, Tiny.cc/ufsaraext_oneseed, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County

The Buzz about Bees in Florida

Forest Hecker, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Community Educator for Sarasota County's UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability Department.
August 19, 2023

Bees, those tiny yet industrious creatures, have been silently playing a crucial role in sustaining our economy and environment. The mesmerizing dance of honeybees, gathering nectar from vibrant flowers, not only produces the golden elixir ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, Work & Life
Tags: Bee, Garden, Insect, Insects, Land Insects, Landscape, Landscape Insects, Pgm_HortRes, Pollinator
tomatoes on plant

Ways to Save: Grow Seasonal ‘Smarts’ For Your Vegetable Garden

March 31, 2023

Do you have a spring planting habit? If you are interested in growing food crops in your Florida garden it is very important to keep your seasons in mind when selecting what you will plant. I may break your heart when I tell you that now is ... READ MORE

Category: Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Work & Life
Tags: EdibleGardeningSeries, Food, Garden, Pgm_Gardens, Pollinator, Pollinators, Save, Saving, Shop, Shopping, Vegetable Gardening, WaysToSave

Nourishment…a common thread woven through school gardens

January 30, 2023

Nourishment, a common thread woven through school gardens, and for many it is the reason to have them. Why would teachers have a school garden? After all, for some- it adds another responsibility, to an already full plate. It can require ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Clubs & Volunteers, Community Volunteers, Events, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Professional Development, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: CEU, Edible_garden, Master Gardener Volunteers, Pgm_Gardens, Professional Development, School Garden Workshop, School Volunteers, Teachers, Youth

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