Mark Tancig

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Name: Mark Tancig
Date registered: January 29, 2016

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  1. Know How to Choose Florida-Friendly Plants — May 25, 2017
  2. Impatiens for Sun and Shade — April 24, 2017
  3. Prevent Asparagus Fern Escapes — March 29, 2017
  4. Beautiful Daffodils in Bloom — February 14, 2017
  5. Saltbush – A Late Blooming Native Shrub — November 16, 2016

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Know How to Choose Florida-Friendly Plants

One of the main Florida-Friendly Landscaping principles is to plant the right plant in the right place. In Florida, not only does this apply to the zone you’re in, soils you have, and light conditions in your garden, but also ensuring that invasive, exotic plant species are not used. While most of us have heard …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/25/know-how-to-choose-florida-friendly-plants/

Impatiens for Sun and Shade

  Impatiens are a very popular annual, bedding plant that provide a nice burst of color in the landscape. The traditional Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana), or touch-me-not, is the one that most gardeners know as needing part shade, but there are also the New Guinea Impatiens (Impatiens hawkeri) that are able to tolerate more sun. In …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/04/24/impatiens-for-sun-and-shade/

Prevent Asparagus Fern Escapes

As an extension agent, I’m always curious of what plants folks are using in the landscape. One plant I’ve been noticing more and more of in north Florida, both in containers and in landscape beds, is asparagus fern. Three different plant species go by the name asparagus fern – Sprenger’s fern (Asparagus aethiopicus), foxtail fern …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/03/29/prevent-asparagus-fern-escapes/

Beautiful Daffodils in Bloom

Daffodils are blooming in the UF/IFAS Leon County Extension Demonstration Garden. Daffodils, including paperwhites and narcissus, are in the Amaryllis family and have been cultivated for centuries. The Greeks and Romans admired the beautiful flowers and the plant’s scientific name, Narcissus, is shared with the Greek mythological character who couldn’t stop staring at his reflection. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/02/14/beautiful-daffodils-in-bloom/

Saltbush – A Late Blooming Native Shrub

  If you have noticed bursts of white-flowered shrubs along roadsides, trails, and other natural areas the last couple of weeks, there’s a good chance that it was saltbush (Baccharis halimifolia). Saltbush is a native shrub in the sunflower or daisy family (Asteraceae) that can be found throughout the Coastal Plain. It often grows along …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/11/16/saltbush-a-late-blooming-native-shrub/

Learn to Relax with Gardening Advice from UF/IFAS Extension

  With fall weather finally giving us a break from the heat of summer, this is the perfect time for North Florida residents to get outside and try their hands at gardening. Not only is gardening rewarding for the beautiful flowers or tasty vegetables produced, but just getting outside and spending time with nature is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/10/26/learn-to-relax-with-gardening-advice-from-ufifas-extension/

Skunkvine – A Stinky Invasive Plant

North Florida gardeners have many non-native, invasive plants to deal with, but none quite as stinky as skunkvine (Paederia foetida). As the name implies, skunkvine has a noticeable smell, especially when the leaves are crushed, and it is an aggressive-growing vine, capable of smothering desirable landscape plants. Gardeners should learn to recognize and control this …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/08/19/skunkvine-a-stinky-invasive-plant/

Do Your Plants have Problems?

  Many gardeners get stumped when a favorite plant of theirs comes down with a strange “something”. Many of these gardeners know about UF/IFAS Extension and call their local horticulture and agriculture agents for assistance in figuring out what’s going on. However, even these experts are often stumped by what they see. Fortunately, the agents …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/07/05/do-your-plants-have-problems/

What’s in Your Manure?

Humans have used animal manures to fertilize food crops for thousands of years. Manures are an organic source of plant nutrients and are often a waste byproduct that must be properly managed when raising animals. Today, many farmers and backyard gardeners continue to use animal manures to provide nutrition to their crops. However, a recent …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/05/24/whats-in-your-manure/

Keep It Covered with Mulch

Do you have a bare spot that you would like to see go away? How about a problem getting something to grow in a particular area? I’m not talking about that receding hairline or bald spot, I’m talking about your lawns and gardens. Many residents have these problems, whether it is too much shade under …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/04/14/keep-it-covered-with-mulch/