Monthly Archive: October 2013

Starting a Fruit Orchard or an Edible Landscape? What Should I Grow? Fall is the Time to Decide !

The avid gardener has heard on many occasions that fall is the best time of the year to plant trees and shrubs. Correct! Now is the time to start a fruit orchard or an edible landscape.  As the seasons transition into much cooler weather, now is the ideal planting season for hardy trees, shrubs and ground covers (Trawick, 2013). In …

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The Hickory: Tough and Durable Landscape Trees

There is a lot to be gained from having a tough reputation. Only those with a stout disposition or lack of good sense will dare to make a challenge to the individual who hold this distinction. Unbending, rigid and durable are descriptors which invoke a firm, if not dogmatic, state of resiliency. With this enviable …

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Caution… Worms at Work!

Caution…Worms at Work! Many home gardeners may have thought about composting, but may not have the time, the space or, let’s face it, the patience. Well then vermicomposting is ideal to satisfy those conditions! Vermicomposting is the process of using worms and micro-organisms to turn food waste into a nutrient-rich compost called worm castings. Worm composting bins can …

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Video on UF IFAS Fruit and Vegetable Breeding Programs

From Dr. John P. Hayes” “Florida Crossroads made a 28 minute video entitled “Seeds of Change” featuring the IFAS breeding efforts to create new varieties of blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, and other crops, and the ways that these programs have influenced Florida industry.   Click Here to WATCH THE VIDEO “SEEDS OF CHANGE”, on UF IFAS …

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Crapemyrtle Research and Disease Management Update: Thursday,October 31; FL Pesticide and FNGLA CEUs available

     Please follow this link to download a PDF version of this flyer 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 …

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Sugar Cane: Plant Now for a Sweeter Summer

By Les Harrison, UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director October has ushered in the fall gardening season. Turnips, mustard, radishes, carrots and a variety of other cool season crops have emerged and are growing. Another once common crop ready to be planted in October is sugar cane.  Cane for processing is harvested, and select stalks with …

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Protect Vegetables from the Cold

Every fall gardening season, Florida homeowners enjoy growing their own vegetables but are faced with cold weather issues. As early as November 1, a chance of frost is possible in Northwest Florida. Most Cole Crops can be planted until November, but they must be protected from the cold weather or they will need to be replaced. A …

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Look Out for Black Swallowtail Larvae in the Fall Herb Garden

  Busily devouring dill and fennel, the lime green, black striped caterpillars in the UF IFAS Extension Washington County Office have quickly become a popular attraction.  It is fortunate that the South’s climate is warm enough to allow for three generations of this species every year.    Soon, the caterpillars of the Black Swallowtail (Papilio …

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Brussels Sprouts: Another Fall Vegetable Idea

I tried growing Brussels sprouts for the first time a few years ago. I enjoy vegetable gardening and thought I’d try something a little different. To be honest, I wasn’t too happy with the results – nothing like starting an article on a positive note. Actually, I don’t think I did too badly but overall …

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Fall Blooming Native Wildflowers

swamp sunflower

Fall Blooming Native Wildflowers Drive along any highway or rural road at this time of year and chances are some color will catch your eye; not so much in the tree tops, but in ditches and right of ways. Although yellow seems to be the predominant color in the fall, pay attention and you may …

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