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A View to Florida Water


June 16, 2023

Many of you may love to travel by plane, and if you’re anything like me, you may enjoy getting a window seat.  I think that there is something wonderful about looking down on the earth, seeing people moving about their day, fields ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Lawn, Turf, , Water
Tags: Aquifer, Conserving Water, Floridan Aquifer, Lisa Sanderson, Protecting Water, Saving Water, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County, Water Efficiently

Ornery Plants for Your Garden


May 19, 2023

Just recently, I received a great plant from a volunteer – a sharp and pointy agave, large but in its infancy.  Despite its young age, it is still an ornery plant for the garden.  This agave when planted in the landscape will grow to become ... READ MORE

Category: HOME LANDSCAPES, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Aloe, Container Plants, Drought Tolerant, Eryngium, Lisa Sanderson, Rattlesnake Master, Serrated Leaves, Sharp Spines On Leaves, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County, Yucca

UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Applications Being Accepted in Sumter County


April 11, 2023

Applications are now being accepted for the UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County Master Gardener Volunteer Program for the 2023 class.  Have you always wanted to be Master Gardener Volunteer?  Now is the time to apply through July 15, 2023!   When ... READ MORE

Category: Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Apply Master Gardener Volunteer, Lisa Sanderson, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Classes, Master Gardener Training, Master Gardener Volunteer, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County
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Hummingbirds Flying In


March 6, 2023

Hummingbirds can surprise us in the plants that they visit for nectar.  Just this past week, I sat out on my front patio area enjoying the evening.   I  looked over at my very large and hardy aloe plant in a large container that started ... READ MORE

Category: HOME LANDSCAPES, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Florida Hummingbirds, Hummingbird, Hummingbird Feeder, Lisa Sanderson, Plants For Hummingbird, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County
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Creating Compost from Piles and Worms


February 24, 2023

Many years ago, when my daughter was in middle school, she bought an interesting gift for my birthday that perhaps only a child of an Extension agent would purchase – worm castings!  What made the gift thoughtful is that I actually possessed ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, HOME LANDSCAPES, Horticulture
Tags: Browns, Compost, Greens, Lisa Sanderson, Red Wigglers, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County, Vermicomposting
Green leafy vegetable

Create Containers for the Seasons


February 19, 2023

Many of us love to garden or have had gardens we have loved over the years. Entire gardens can be a lot of work and can be expensive especially if you are paying someone else to do it!  While I work on a thoughtful design for layout and plantings ... READ MORE

Category: Food Safety, Fruits & Vegetables, HOME LANDSCAPES, Horticulture
Tags: Container Season, Lisa Sanderson, Mixed Containers, Planting Containers, Sumter County Extension, UF/IFAS Extension, Update Containers

A Few How-To’s for a Healthy Lawn


December 13, 2022

Healthy lawns are things that when green and healthy, we can perhaps not give it too much attention. But, with a bit of green or brown, the lawn is suddenly very important.  We want it green and full.  Does that healthy lawn affect the environment ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Turf, Water
Tags: Bahia, Calculate Fertilizer, Calibration, Empire, Floratam, Irrigation, Irrigation Calibration, Lawn Fertilization, Mowing Height, ProVista, St. Augustine, Zoysia

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