Tag: Horticulture

The rain has Lovebugs missing this year

Lovebugs, flying insect, distraction, absence, conjoined, pairs

By Les Harrison Lovebugs Not Leaving Its Mark The pace of life and the unending supply of distractions in 2018 keep most resident’s thoughts occupied with too many diversions. The student’s recent return to school, the elections, the… Read More

Barn Bugs

destructive barn bugs

By: Les Harrison Destructive Barn Bugs By August’s languid days, farmers and farm workers in north Florida have done battle with an almost endless array of destructive barn bugs in fields and pastures. Thrips, aphids, mites, nematodes and… Read More

Sassafras Was Once The Base For Root Beer

Sassafras-base-root-beer

By, Les Harrison Sassafras Albidum Sassafras albidum is a deciduous native with a long history of multiple uses in panhandle Florida and far beyond.  Leaves of this tree have turned up in the fossil record from eons ago…. Read More

Wasps In North Florida

By: Les Harrison The Wasp Strikes Back The low frequency droning is unmistakable.  The casual flight pattern belies the potential agony of an encounter and the real possibility of a painful attack from multiple directions. Wasps in north… Read More

Thread-Waisted Wasp

Thread-Waisted Wasp

  Saints and Sinners The generalized reputation of any group is always suspect because the actions of a few members can tint or taint the collective perception of all members.  Any assemblage has its saints and sinners, but… Read More

Assassin Bug

Assassin bug

The untamed residents of North Florida The growing season is underway with plenty of moisture recently and the acceptable temperature range. Home gardens are delivering quite the bounty for those who have made the effort to cultivate their… Read More

Honeybees: Historic Pollinators

Article and Audio Introduction by Les Harrison The world of social media is always abuzz with a variety of topics. This time of year there are many postings on the nearly endless list of blooming flower which are… Read More

Horticulture and Gardening Classes Offered Monthly at the Libraries

Residents can attend free classes at the Wakulla and Franklin County Libraries the first three Tuesdays of each month. Topics for the 90 minute modules cover a variety of locally applicable horticulture and gardening related subject. Check the… Read More

‘Snake Spit’ Is Actually From Spittlebugs

Natural Wakulla by Les Harrison Snakes have come down through history with a generally bad reputation. They collectively have been accused, and occasionally guilty, of a plethora of crimes and misdeeds To start off, there was that issue… Read More

Tips For Autumn Lawn Maintenance

By Les Harrison Wakulla County Extension Director October brings the prospect of relief from the heat and humidity of a Wakulla County summer. The temperatures have moderated, albeit slightly, alleviating some of the oppressive qualities of the daylight… Read More