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. Avoid Pitfalls in the Care of Newly Planted Trees and Shrubs — May 25, 2017
  2. Full Steam Ahead for Vegetable Garden Soil Prep — April 24, 2017
  3. The Visual and Delectable Appeal of an Edible Landscape — March 20, 2017
  4. Annual Bedding Plants This Time of Year? — February 10, 2017
  5. Tips for Christmas Tree Care — December 22, 2016

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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/

How to Care for Palms After the Storm

A common question after a tropical storm or hurricane event is will my palm tree recover? Palms grow different from other trees, so there’s definitely a different way to care for them post-storm. The growing point of a palm tree is the bud, located in the top of the tree. This is where the palm …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/10/12/how-to-care-for-palms-after-the-storm/

Perennial Peanut, a Great Choice for Panhandle Pastures and Landscapes

Driving through rural panhandle counties this time of year, one finds pastures with thick green canopies, exploding with yellow-gold flowers. Perennial peanut is in bloom. This is a highly nutritional forage option for livestock and also makes for a beautiful urban groundcover alternative to turfgrass. Perennial peanut was introduced from Brazil in the mid 1930’s. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/09/08/perennial-peanut-a-great-choice-for-panhandle-pastures-and-landscapes/

Panhandle Vegetable Gardeners Seeking the “Organic” Option

Being a gardener in the panhandle has its advantages. We’re able to grow a tremendous variety of vegetables on a year-round basis. However, in this climate, plant diseases, insects and weeds can often thrive. Usually, chemical measures are applied to thwart these pests. Some panhandle gardeners are now searching for techniques regarding a more natural …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/08/19/panhandle-vegetable-gardeners-seeking-the-organic-option/

The Forgotten Fruit and the Forgotten Coast

It’s safe to say that almost everyone equates citrus with the state of Florida. It just goes hand in hand. Most people first think of citrus as being oranges and grapefruit. Even by traveling south on I-75 or I-95, our welcome centers will gladly supply you with a complimentary cup of the juice of your choice, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/07/05/the-forgotten-fruit-and-the-forgotten-coast/

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