Gardening In The Panhandle

New Fertilizer Applicator Law in Effect, Training Offered

In 2014, a new law took effect requiring all commercial fertilizer applicators (for hire) to have a license. This law was passed in 2009 and took effect on January 1 of this year. A requirement that must be completed to obtain this license is to successfully complete a Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMP) training …

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Garden Catalogs

An assortment of Heirloom Tomatoes. Image Credit Dan Culbert Thursday night’s temperatures have confirmed the winter of 2014 is not over.  This year’s cold days and freezing nights have taken a toll on power bills, auto batteries, and the mosquitoes. Still there is indication that spring will soon be coming.  The most tangible evidence is …

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Daffodils: A Reminder of Spring

Few plants seem to signify the freshness of spring quite as well as daffodils. The name “daffodils” is derived from “addodell” a variant of Asphodel (a plant of the Asphodelus genus.) In historical documents and the common language of 16th century Europe, the term “daffodil” referred specifically to the wild daffodil, Narcissus pseudonarcissus.   Daffodil …

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Show Your Roses Some Love

Considering it is the month of Valentine’s, roses are an appropriate subject to discuss. Not bouquets couriered to various locations all over town, but bushes in the landscape that have been strategically neglecting over the winter. Now their time has come; pull on the gloves and get to work. February is the perfect time to …

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Consider an Edible Landscape

As you begin plans for your garden this spring think about creating an edible landscape. Edible landscaping is becoming more popular now that vegetable prices are increasing.   Edible landscapes are attractive to the eye, as well as enticing to the palate. What more could a home gardener ask for than to be walking through the landscape …

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So, You Have Alkaline Soil…

So you have alkaline soil… What next? Throughout the Panhandle, a common problem that often arises is finding a way to raise soil pH. This is due to the fact that we often encounter sandy, acid soils in this region. An often overlooked issue is explaining the process of gardening in a soil that tends to be more alkaline …

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Common Myths about Spanish Moss and Lichen

Lichen on trunk of oak tree. Image: Julie McConnell, UF/IFAS Spanish moss and lichen have earned an inaccurate reputation for damaging trees and shrubs in the Florida landscape.  Although they may be found in plants that are in decline or showing stress symptoms, they are simply taking advantage of space available to survive.  Both plants …

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Youth Gardening Grows Across the Country

Backyard gardens have increased in popularity the last few years, with record calls to Extension offices statewide on how to grow tomatoes and preserve produce.  Along with the boom in home gardening, schools have steadily added gardens to their campuses. There are countless benefits to including children in growing their own food. Personal experience and …

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Reliable Hollies

Looking for a new shrub or small tree this year?  Interested in one that is low maintenance and offers beautiful green color?  Why not try a holly. Hollies can be found in landscapes throughout North Florida.  Many times these plants are used in foundation plantings around homes.  They can help make the transition from the hard …

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Aquaponics 101 Workshop

Aquaponics is an exciting system where fish and plants grow in harmony. The aquaponic system can be a fun project for the home gardener but can also become a successful farming venture.  Come and learn the basics of growing fish and plants together in an AQUAPONICS system. Date: February 27th Time: 8:00am-3.30pm Location: UF/IFAS WFREC – 4253 …

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