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Tag: Horticulture

Not Clear Where Names Like Doveweed Come From

By Les Harrison Wakulla County Extension Director Even today, there are mysteries and riddles which defy understanding. One of those endless enigmas is the common names of objects or tangible things, especially some plant species. Many plants have… Read More

Lichens Are A Symbiotic Mix Of Fungi And Algae

By Les Harrison Wakulla County Extension Director Symptoms are usually the first clue that something is wrong. It can be a fever, a cough, fatigue or a number of other indicators in people, pets or livestock. The severity… Read More

Robber Flies And Soldier Flies Are Common

By Les Harrison Wakulla County Extension Director The summer of 2017 has been a good season for the insect population. There has been plenty to eat and Wakulla County has provided an exceptionally hospitable environment for these six… Read More

Sit On The Porch And Shell Some Butter Beans

By Les Harrison Wakulla County Extension Director There was a time in Wakulla County before air conditioning became commonly available, that families spent much of their summers outside. Children played in the yards and woods, and the adults… Read More

Ant-lions Create Sand Traps To Catch Prey

By Les Harrison Wakulla County Extension Director With the warm weather and ample rain, the lawns of Wakulla County are green and growing. The difficulty is finding a sunny afternoon to mow what quickly can turn into a… Read More

Firebush Is Striking And Easy To Grow

By Les Harrison Wakulla County Extension Director In the classic movie The Wizard of Oz, while clicking the heels of the emerald slippers Dorothy said, “There is no place like home.” In the minds of most this is… Read More

Rains Feed Lush Growth Which Feeds Caterpillars

By Les Harrison Wakulla County Extension Director “The quality of mercy is not strained, it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven,” so wrote the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare in his classic play the Merchant of Venice…. Read More

A Favorite Of Southern Cooks, Okra Thrives In Heat

By Les Harrison Wakulla County Extension Director and Gohar Umar FAMU Extension Horticulture Specialist The heat and humidity have taken its toll on most garden plants in Wakulla County.  Whatever was left was attacked by a bumper crop… Read More

Mosquitofish Are Relentless Hunters Of Mosquito Larvae

   By Les Harrison Wakulla County Extension Director The consistent and ample rains of late over Florida’s panhandle assure enough moisture is available for home gardens and landscapes as well as agricultural production. It has also minimized, if… Read More

Fairy Rings Appear After Recent Rains

By Les Harrison Wakulla County Extension Director Watering the lawn has not been on anyone’s list lately. The ample, if not excessive, rain has placed a temporary hold on this necessary task to maintain home lawns and landscapes…. Read More