Time to Cut Back Tropical Milkweed

We have grown to love monarch butterflies, with their striking orange and black markings and their fascinating annual migration from southern Canada 3,000 miles south to Mexico. To help them, we have increasingly planted milkweed, the only plant on which their caterpillars will feed. In northwest Florida, the milkweed species most planted has been tropical …

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Hydroponic Bucket Garden

Leaf lettuce growing in a floating hydroponic system.

Christmas is just around the corner and what better gift could you give other than the gift that keeps on giving…a hydroponic bucket garden!  Floating hydroponic gardens are easy to build with supplies found at just about any home and garden center.  A simple garden can be constructed with a 5-Gallon bucket, polystyrene foam board …

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Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly

Photo by Sydney Park Brown UF/IFAS Holly has been considered sacred in some cultures because it remained green and strong with brightly colored red berries no matter how harsh the winter, even when most other plants would wilt and die. According to Druid lore, hanging the plant in homes would bring good luck and protection. …

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Gadsden Tomato Forum December 7 2017

Gadsden Tomato Forum December 7 2017. 8:00am-2:00pm At the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) 155 Research Rd, Quincy, FL 32351 For more information contact Shep Eubanks Phone: (850) 875-7255 bigbuck@ufl.edu       Author: Matthew Orwat – mjorwat@ufl.edu Matthew J. Orwat started his career with UF / IFAS in 2011 and is the …

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Mountain Snow in the Panhandle

There are plants that gardeners may know and love from other regions that just do not perform well in the heat, humidity, and soils of our area. One example is the Japanese pieris, an attractive evergreen shrub with showy white blooms in spring. This shrub has a few specific environmental requirements that make it unsuitable …

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Scarlet Allure of Chinese Tallow

In northwest Florida as we transition into fall, we don’t usually see a spectacular display of color change in the forest or our landscapes. Mixed in with the evergreen pines, oaks, and magnolias, we get sporadic spots of yellow and red from our native hickories, sweetgum, and sumac but otherwise it can be rather dull. …

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Treat Tulips as Annuals in Florida

Q. I’ve seen the beautiful tulips of Amsterdam and would like to grow some here in North Florida. So I ordered some tulip bulbs. Can I plant these in North Florida?  A. Tulips are treated as annuals in Florida. We have two problems with tulips this far south. First, they do not receive enough cold …

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Improve Your Life with Panhandle E-Extension Newsletters and UF/IFAS EDIS Resources

If you are a regular reader of Gardening in the Panhandle, you know that this e-newsletter covers many topics related to ornamental and vegetable gardening, Florida-friendly landscaping, pest management, and lawn and garden fertility. But did you also know that UF/IFAS Extension in the Florida Panhandle has four other E-newsletters covering topics such as Florida …

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Happy Thanksgiving from your Gardening in the Panhandle Team !

Happy Thanksgiving from your Gardening in the Panhandle Team !       Author: Matthew Orwat – mjorwat@ufl.edu Matthew J. Orwat started his career with UF / IFAS in 2011 and is the Horticulture Extension Agent for Washington County Florida. His goal is to provide educational programming to meet the diverse needs of and provide …

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Backyard Sugarcane in the Panhandle

Do you want to add a little something different to your landscape? How about something edible, as well as a focal point in your garden? Backyard sugarcane may be just what you are looking for. Sugarcane, genus Saccharum, is a tropical perennial grass that thrives in humid environments across the southern United States. Based on …

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