Why celebrate bees?
Celebrate the importance of bees to our food crops and support local beekeepers on May 20. More than 90 crops rely on honeybees for pollination in the US including fruit, fiber, nut and vegetable crops. The crops pollinated ... READ MORE
Celebrate Earth Day with Native Coreopsis Flowers
North Florida is bursting with blooms for Earth Day. The dazzling display of yellow Coreopsis flowers across fields and along roadways are complimenting the beautiful array of pink and purple ... READ MORE
My oak trees have been dropping leaves like crazy this fall and winter. WooHoo, free nutrients for my planted shrubs and perennials. I created large plant beads so the leaves can drop in and provide a mulch layer that decomposes ... READ MORE
How to recognize it:
Dollarweed is a moisture-loving plant that can be hard to manage in lawns and landscape beds. Also know as pennywort, Dollarweed (Hydrocotyle spp.), is a warm-season perennial weed. It is named because of its silver-dollar-shaped ... READ MORE
Woolly Bear Caterpillar
For the last two weeks while teaching youth about the game of disc golf, we came across big black fuzzy looking caterpillar approximately 3" long. Of course, the kids wanted to know what it was and could they touch it? ... READ MORE
Real butterfly gardeners have plants that looks like they have had a fresh shave with only a few stems sticking up. It is amazing when your plants are full of leaves and then within a couple of days, they are almost completely defoliated.
Diversity ... READ MORE
Wonders of your Backyard
There are so many wonders of nature in our own backyards or at a local park. They key is to slow down and look really closely. There are frogs, lizards, dragonflies, birds and unusual plants to be explored. Don't worry ... READ MORE
There are several potential causes of loss of liquid from the jars.
Lowering pressure in canner suddenly after the processing period. Make sure you are not forcing the pressure down by placing the canner in a draft, under a fan or A/C, ... READ MORE
My Plants need a Snorkel
We needed rain and our wishes were granted. The soil was dry and dusty when I planted salvia in my yard, right before the tropical storm that unleashed torrents of rain in North Florida. After 12-17 inches of rain descended, ... READ MORE
What are we looking for?
Hornworms can consume large portions of your tomato plants overnight, we are more likely to find tobacco hornworms manduca sexta since they are more prevalent in the Gulf Coast States. The tomato hornworm, Manduca quinquemaculata ... READ MORE