In this Issue:
  • Raised Bed Gardening 101
  • Panhandle Vegetable Gardeners Seeking the “Organic” Option
  • What’s in Your Manure?
  • Got Compost? Leon County Offering Hands-on Workshops
  • A Plant Favorite Comes South
  • 2015: International Year of Soils
  • Composting Made Easy
  • Understanding the Greens and Browns of Compost
  • Caution… Worms at Work!
  • Composting Recycles Yard Waste, Makes It Beneficial
  • Compost

    Raised Bed Gardening 101

    Want to start a vegetable garden, but don’t know where to start? Are you seeing rectangular boxes popping up all over your neighbors’ yards and wondering why? Well, I am here to spread the news of raised-bed gardening! Raised-bed gardening is a convenient way to grow vegetables without worrying about the quality of your soil. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/03/01/raised-bed-gardening-101/

    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/

    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/

    Got Compost? Leon County Offering Hands-on Workshops

    Got Compost? Please join UF/IFAS Leon County Agricultural and Horticultural Extension Agents for a hands-on composting workshop. Extension Agents Mark Tancig and Molly Jameson will lead participants through: An in-class presentation on composting science and research based composting methods A hands-on demonstration on building and maintaining compost piles Participants will help turn an existing compost …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/04/07/got-compost-leon-county-offering-hands-on-workshops/

    A Plant Favorite Comes South

    A visit to a nursery and homeowners will see so many new selections of plants for the landscape. Some of these plants are new plant developments and may include plants we could not previously grow in Florida’s heat and humidity. One new plant series is the Southgate® Rhododendrons. Anyone from more northern areas of the South …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/12/04/a-plant-favorite-comes-south/

    2015: International Year of Soils

    Dirt, earth, humus, terra firma, soil—no matter what you call it, the ground below us is one of the most important substances on, well, Earth. As children, most of us stomped in mud puddles, dug holes, and played in sand boxes—the tactile experience of moving dirt around seems to appeal to humans innately. Just last …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/10/28/2015-international-year-of-soils/

    Composting Made Easy

    What if I told you there was a way to create compost indoors? No pitchfork required, no hot steamy temperatures, a simple mix of ingredients, and it would fit right under your kitchen sink? As long as you can convince your family to have worms in the house… you can start vermicomposting. Vermicomposting uses a …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/09/03/composting-made-easy/

    Understanding the Greens and Browns of Compost

    Compost is partially decomposed organic matter or anything that was once a living plant. It is the product of controlled decomposition of organic materials by microorganisms. Humus is completely decomposed organic matter. Green and brown materials with favorable proportions of carbon and nitrogen (C:N) (25:1) offer the  microorganisms a “complete meal“. This helps the breakdown …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/11/11/understanding-the-greens-and-browns-of-compost/

    Caution… Worms at Work!

    Caution…Worms at Work! Many home gardeners may have thought about composting, but may not have the time, the space or, let’s face it, the patience. Well then vermicomposting is ideal to satisfy those conditions! Vermicomposting is the process of using worms and micro-organisms to turn food waste into a nutrient-rich compost called worm castings. Worm composting bins can …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2013/10/25/caution-worms-at-work/

    Composting Recycles Yard Waste, Makes It Beneficial

    With all of the rainy weather Northwest Florida has been having this summer, plenty of excess yard debris is littering our yards. Don’t put it in the landfill, Compost It ! Compost is used primarily in bed preparation to improve the soil and can even be used in preparing potting mixes. Partially composted material also can …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2013/08/05/composting-recycles-yard-waste-makes-it-beneficial/