Ray Bodrey

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Date registered: February 16, 2016

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Gulf County Extension Director, Agent II Agriculture & Natural Resource, Horticulture, Sea Grant

Latest posts

  1. Backyard Sugarcane in the Panhandle — November 20, 2017
  2. Weed Spotlight: Chamberbitter, the “Little Mimosa” — September 8, 2017
  3. Safety and Best Management Practices Essential for Pesticide Use — August 1, 2017
  4. Tips on How to Manage Water in Your Landscape — June 29, 2017
  5. Avoid Pitfalls in the Care of Newly Planted Trees and Shrubs — May 25, 2017

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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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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/11/20/backyard-sugarcane-in-the-panhandle/

Weed Spotlight: Chamberbitter, the “Little Mimosa”

Summer annual weeds are taking their last stand against Panhandle lawns before fall arrives. Rain and humid temperatures of late have boosted their growth spurts. Chamberbitter is a prime example. Chamberbitter (Phyllanthus urinaria) is found as north as Illinois and as west as Texas, but thrives in lower southeastern states. It’s a headache for homeowners …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/09/08/weed-spotlight-chamberbitter-the-little-mimosa/

Safety and Best Management Practices Essential for Pesticide Use

Many folks may not realize it at first, but everyone is using pesticides. Have you recently used a mold or mildew removal cleaner in your bathroom? Do you apply flea & tick powder to your pet? It is a misconception that only farmers, ranchers and lawn and garden enthusiasts are pesticide users. So, let’s all keep safety in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/08/01/safety-and-best-management-practices-essential-for-pesticide-use/

Tips on How to Manage Water in Your Landscape

    Although we’ve received much-needed rainfall of late, it’s still a struggle to manage moisture levels in our Panhandle landscapes this summer. During wet summer seasons, one recurring issue is that watering plants too much can have as much of an ill effect as not watering enough. Shallow rooted plants, as well as newly set plants …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/06/29/tips-on-how-to-manage-water-in-your-landscape/

Avoid Pitfalls in the Care of Newly Planted Trees and Shrubs

This time of year, people flock to nurseries and garden centers to purchase trees or shrubs that will enhance their landscapes. However, there are certain management measures to keep in mind to ensure plant establishment. Depending on the season, newly planted trees and shrubs need varying degrees of watering, mulching, pruning and trunk staking. Figure …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/25/avoid-pitfalls-in-the-care-of-newly-planted-trees-and-shrubs/

Full Steam Ahead for Vegetable Garden Soil Prep

If you haven’t already, it’s time to prepare the garden space for the summer bounty of fresh vegetables. The following information will help you get started. Just remember, as the soil preparation goes, so goes the vegetable production. Figure 1: Planting Vegetables in Prepared Soil. Credit: Tyler Jones, UF/IFAS. By far the most physical part …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/04/24/full-steam-ahead-for-vegetable-garden-soil-prep/

The Visual and Delectable Appeal of an Edible Landscape

Edible landscaping has become a trend for many gardening enthusiasts. A combination of edible plants along with traditional ornamentals can create an artful presentation. There are some challenges when designing such a landscape, but in those challenges opportunities’ may be found. One of the most difficult challenges is making sure your garden or landscape is healthy …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/03/20/the-visual-and-delectable-appeal-of-an-edible-landscape/

Annual Bedding Plants This Time of Year?

Yes, even with cool weather setting in, much can be done on the flower gardening front. Let’s kickoff 2017 by being the envy of the neighborhood with flower beds that are rich and vibrant in color. Annual bedding plants are plentiful in variety and come in an array of colors and forms. These plants will …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/02/10/annual-bedding-plants-this-time-of-year/

Tips for Christmas Tree Care

Although there are many types of artificial Christmas trees these days, live or cut trees are still very popular. Given the proper care, your natural tree can maintain its festive look throughout the holidays, keeping your safety in mind as well.   By now many of you have already bought and displayed your trees. However, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/12/22/tips-for-christmas-tree-care/

Brussels Sprouts Can Change Gardening Minds,….and Taste Buds

Want to try something different in your winter garden this year? Well, when it comes to Brussels sprouts, you either love them or hate them. They’re not commonly grown in the Panhandle, but if you’re looking for something different, try growing this tiny cabbage. Predicted weather conditions for this season should lend a great crop. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/11/14/brussels-sprouts-can-change-gardening-minds-and-taste-buds/

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