Matthew Orwat

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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. An Alternative to Invasive Ruellia — September 18, 2017
  2. CANCELLED ! Fall Vegetable Production Workshop – Combating Insect Pests September 12, 2017 — August 26, 2017
  3. Northwest Florida Rose Symposium Saturday September 16, 2017 — August 24, 2017
  4. Frequent Rains Induce Slime Mold in Panhandle Lawns — June 16, 2017
  5. Dooryard Citrus Care for February — February 14, 2017

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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 small round fruiting bodies of a special type of fungal-like organisms called Myxomycetes. While regularly present in the soil, they usually make a visual appearance on warm humid days in late spring or …

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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/

Upcoming Events: Spring into Gardening – Solutions !

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 solutions for homeowners and small farmers with ornamental, turf, fruit and vegetable gardening …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/01/26/upcoming-events-spring-into-gardening-solutions/

When is the Correct Time to Harvest Satsumas?

Fall 2016 Satsumas. Image Credit: Matthew Orwat One question that repeatedly pops up in my Extension work is “When do I harvest fruit or vegetable X ?”  This fall, the question of “when should I harvest my citrus?” has been a choice topic! The most common citrus in the Florida panhandle is the satsuma, Citrus unshiu, so it …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/12/07/when-is-the-correct-time-to-harvest-satsumas/

When Do Winter Vegetables Require Frost Protection ?

In Northwest Florida gardeners are fortunate since it is possible to grow ample supplies of vegetables throughout the winter months. While the Florida Panhandle does receive the occasional hard freeze, many winter vegetables such as radish, onion, lettuce, carrot and the various cole crops, can easily withstand mild freezes. When a hard freeze occurs, defined by temperatures that …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/12/02/when-do-winter-vegetables-require-frost-protection/

November 9th Green Industries Best Management Practices Class

Wednesday November 9th, 8am-4pm. Green Industries Best Management Practices Okaloosa County Extension 3098 Airport Rd. Crestview, FL. Click Here for 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 …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/10/21/november-9th-green-industries-best-management-practices-class/

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