Matthew Orwat

Author's details

Name: Matthew Orwat
Date registered: October 13, 2011
URL: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/about/

Biography

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 solutions for homeowners and small farmers with ornamental, turf, fruit and vegetable gardening objectives. Please feel free to contact him with any questions you may have.

Latest posts

  1. Happy Thanksgiving from your Gardening in the Panhandle Team ! — November 23, 2017
  2. Growing Winter Strawberries Workshop — October 30, 2017
  3. Controlling Brush & Invasive Species Workshop — October 26, 2017
  4. Prepare NOW to Avoid Lawn Burweed Infestation Later — October 10, 2017
  5. An Alternative to Invasive Ruellia — September 18, 2017

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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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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/11/23/happy-thanksgiving-from-your-gardening-in-the-panhandle-team/

Growing Winter Strawberries Workshop

Where: Washington County Agriculture Center 1424 Jackson Ave When: Saturday November 11, 9:00am-12:00pm Cost: $10.00. Refreshments Served Limit 30 participants Strawberry plant plugs will be provided to participants ! On site demonstration ! Pre Registration required for count: Contact Nikki or Cynthia at 850-638-6180 or email Matthew Orwat at mjorwat@ufl.edu     Now is the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/10/30/growing-winter-strawberries-workshop/

Controlling Brush & Invasive Species Workshop

Encroaching brush, whether native or invasive, can be a problem for properties large and small. Fighting woody brush and other hard-to-kill weed species can be challenging for property owners. Many factors affect the effectiveness and efficiency of control efforts. Timing of the application is a key factor that many property owners fail to consider. The …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/10/26/controlling-brush-invasive-species-workshop/

Prepare NOW to Avoid Lawn Burweed Infestation Later

On the top of my list of lawn related annoyances is stepping into a patch of burweed, Soliva sessilis, which is in the sunflower family and is also known as spurweed. The leaves are opposite along the stem and sometimes resemble parsley. The main ways in which burweed can irk the casual gardener are sticking to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/10/10/prepare-now-to-avoid-lawn-burweed-infestation-later/

An Alternative to Invasive Ruellia

  Avid horticulturists often get frustrated when attractive, floriferous, versatile, durable, and easy-to-grow plants get sidelined because they have been declared an invasive species. Ruellia simplex (commonly known as Mexican petunia) was declared a category 1 invasive in 2001 by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council, described as “a plant that is altering native plant communities …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/09/18/an-alternative-to-invasive-ruellia/

CANCELLED ! Fall Vegetable Production Workshop – Combating Insect Pests September 12, 2017

This event has been cancelled due to Hurricane Irma and the impact it is having on the speakers, who were planning on travelling from central Florida. Rescheduled for February 2018   Entomology specialists from the University of Florida and Extension agents will be leading hands on sessions focusing on insect pest management in vegetable production. This workshop …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/08/26/fall-vegetable-production-workshop-combating-insect-pests-september-12-2017/

Northwest Florida Rose Symposium Saturday September 16, 2017

On Saturday, September 16th, 2017, from 9AM to 12PM, UF / IFAS Extension Washington County will be providing a rose gardening workshop for gardeners across the Panhandle. Many roses are hard to grow in the Florida Panhandle without investing considerable time and energy into spraying for insect and disease problems. This workshop will teach attendees …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/08/24/northwest-florida-rose-symposium-saturday-september-16-2017/

Frequent Rains Induce Slime Mold in Panhandle Lawns

Although black or white streaks are shocking when they appear on an otherwise healthy lawn,  slime molds are rarely harmful. Slime mold is actually caused by the reproductive structures of an array of different organisms, classified as plasmodia or Protista, which are regularly present in the soil. They are often mistaken for fungi. The different types are referred to as myxomycetes …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/06/16/frequent-rains-induce-slime-mold-in-panhandle-lawns/

Dooryard Citrus Care for February

Dooryard citrus enthusiasts may be uncertain about late winter management of Satsuma and other citrus trees.  Several questions that have come in to the Extension Office recently include: Should I prune my trees? Why are the leaves yellow? How soon should I fertilize?  The focus of this article is to provide some answers to these common …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/02/14/dooryard-citrus-care-for-february/

Enabling Technique for Raised Bed Gardens

Now is the time to start planning for a spring garden! There are many different methods of successful gardening but here I’d like to discuss raised bed gardening. A few advantages of raised beds: Raised bed gardens provide an opportunity to bring the family together for some quality time. Add ways that you can enjoy the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/01/26/enabling-technique-for-raised-bed-gardens/

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