In this Issue:
  • Beneficial Wasp is Effective Control for Tomato Hornworm
  • Dotted Horsemint Attracts More than Pollinators
  • Master Naturalist Classes a Perfect Fit for Gardening Enthusiasts
  • Wasps Benefit the Garden
  • Bay County Air Potato Challenge and Invasive Species Awareness Day a Success
  • Summer Is Time For Pollinators
  • May 18, 2018, Air Potato Challenge: Beetles Available for the Public
  • Web Art in the Woods
  • Let That Digger Bee Be
  • Protecting Our Pollinators in the Landscape
  • Beneficials

    Beneficial Wasp is Effective Control for Tomato Hornworm

    Why would anyone allow dozens of wasps to thrive in their garden? Why would they let caterpillars keep moving through their pepper bushes? Don’t they know you can spray for that? As Extension agents, one of the tenets we “preach” in gardening is the concept of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This technique involves a series …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/09/18/beneficial-wasp-is-effective-and-dramatic-control-for-tomato-hornworm/

    Dotted Horsemint Attracts More than Pollinators

    In 2016, I wrote an article for Gardening in the Panhandle called “Attract Pollinators with Dotted Horsemint” introducing readers to this tough native plant that supports native pollinators. If you have flowers in your garden, you probably have pollinators and a whole lot of other insects but if you want a plant that lets you …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/08/29/dotted-horsemint-attracts-more-than-pollinators/

    Master Naturalist Classes a Perfect Fit for Gardening Enthusiasts

    For many Floridians, gardening is a window into learning the cycles of the natural world. Understanding pollination, distinguishing beneficial insects from harmful ones, creating compost, or knowing what time of year to apply iron supplements are important for a gardener to be successful. While we have our share of campers, hikers, and kayakers, over the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/08/10/master-naturalist-classes-a-perfect-fit-for-gardening-enthusiasts/

    Wasps Benefit the Garden

    I respect the fact that wasps can sting when threatened or disturbed. But I also respect the fact that they are beneficial.   Every time I’ve been stung by wasps, I either accidentally disturbed a nest that I didn’t know was there or I intentionally disturbed the nest and paid the price.   Paper wasps …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/08/02/wasps-benefit-the-garden/

    Bay County Air Potato Challenge and Invasive Species Awareness Day a Success

    On June 6th, we held an Invasive Species Workshop: Air Potato Challenge and Species Awareness day at the UF/IFAS Extension Office in Panama City. Over 700 air potato leaf beetles were distributed to more than 30 sites in Northwest Florida by citizen scientists to help manage the invasive air potato vine! We were joined by University …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/07/03/bay-county-air-potato-challenge-and-invasive-species-awareness-day-a-success/

    Summer Is Time For Pollinators

    National Pollinator Week is only recognized in June, but efforts to encourage pollinators shouldn’t end then. Pollination occurs when pollen grains are moved between two flowers of the same species, or within a single flower, by wind or animals that are pollinators. Successful pollination, which may require visits by multiple pollinators to a single flower, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/06/28/summer-is-time-for-pollinators/

    May 18, 2018, Air Potato Challenge: Beetles Available for the Public

    Air potatoes got you down? Have no fear, for the Air Potato Challenge is coming to Leon County! Register now to attend the Air Potato Challenge event on May 18, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the FAMU Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research (6361 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL) and receive a supply of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/05/23/may-18-2018-air-potato-challenge-beetles-available-for-the-public/

    Web Art in the Woods

    With cool, foggy mornings you may have noticed the large number of spider webs hanging on low vegetation. Some of them have unusual shapes.  One of the most notable is the bowl and doily spider.  This spider (Frontinella pyramitela) is a species of sheet web weavers found throughout the United States, including Northwest Florida. It …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/04/23/web-art-in-the-woods/

    Let That Digger Bee Be

    Have you noticed many little dirt piles that resemble mini ant mounds around your yard? Well, fear not, for these mini mounds are made by digger bees who are excellent, yet ephemeral, early-spring pollinators. These solitary ground-nesters are native to our area and only appear for four to six weeks to raise their offspring. Although …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/03/26/let-that-digger-bee-be/

    Protecting Our Pollinators in the Landscape

    Bees, butterflies and other insects play important roles as pollinators in our environment. Over 50 major crops in the United States and at least 13 crops in Florida depend on honey bees. Many native plants in natural areas also depend on insect pollinators for reproduction. In Florida, over 300 bee species play a role in …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/03/21/protecting-our-pollinators-in-the-landscape/

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