In this Issue:
  • African Blue Basil: A Pollinator Favorite
  • Citrus Canker in Northwest Florida
  • Love Blueberries? Thank the Blueberry Bee!
  • Landscaping for Children
  • The Visual and Delectable Appeal of an Edible Landscape
  • Lack of Winter Chill a Problem for Fruit
  • Growing Ginger Root in North Florida
  • Daylilies
  • Panhandle Vegetable Gardeners Seeking the “Organic” Option
  • Multiple Uses for Mint
  • Edible Landscape

    African Blue Basil: A Pollinator Favorite

    Basil is a favorite plant in the summer herb garden and an absolute must for those who enjoy fresh leaves for a sandwich or delicious homemade pesto. While we grow basils as a food enhancer, an added benefit is that those basil selections that form flowers are very attractive to pollinators.  If you would rather not …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/07/05/african-blue-basil-a-pollinator-favorite/

    Citrus Canker in Northwest Florida

    In November 2013, citrus canker was found for the first time in the Florida panhandle in Gulf Breeze in southern Santa Rosa County. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) tested and confirmed the disease on grapefruit trees in a residential landscape. Since that time, citrus canker has been confirmed on citrus trees …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/11/citrus-canker-in-northwest-florida/

    Love Blueberries? Thank the Blueberry Bee!

    This time of year, blueberry bushes are flowering and small fruit are coming onto the wild and cultivated bushes in north Florida. Many of us, myself included, look forward to the late-spring harvest of blueberries, taking our children out to u-pick operations and digging out family recipes for blueberry-filled desserts. What many do not know, however, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/01/love-blueberries-thank-the-blueberry-bee/

    Landscaping for Children

    I recently had the pleasure of visiting Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida and experienced one of their newest additions, a children’s garden. As much a playground as a place for growing plants, it was full of whimsical energy and invitations to explore. The entire area encouraged children to reach beyond their comfort zones and engage …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/04/07/landscaping-for-children/

    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/

    Lack of Winter Chill a Problem for Fruit

    Many of us are enjoying warmer temperatures this winter, but many deciduous fruit crops really need cold temperatures in order to break dormancy for the year.  In areas that experience cold temperatures, plants have evolved the ability to survive by slowing growth and protecting sensitive tissues by going dormant.  In order to break out of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/02/14/lack-of-winter-chill-a-problem-for-fruit/

    Growing Ginger Root in North Florida

    Fall is finally here and we are beginning to enjoy our first few bursts of cold air coming in from the northwest. For many, this inspires us to prepare dishes with all of our favorite seasonal spices – nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger come to mind. While all of these spices can be grown, did …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/10/26/growing-ginger-root-in-north-florida/

    Daylilies

    The daylily is a popular flowering perennial with East Asian origins which has adapted well to Florida landscapes. Plants are available in a wide variety of growth habits, flower shapes and colors, including yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, near-white and shades and combinations of all of these. Flowering starts in March for early-season bloomers with …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/09/28/daylilies/

    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/

    Multiple Uses for Mint

    Mint is very easy to grow in the right place, sometimes a little bit too easily.   It’s reputation for being aggressive is well deserved. As with any other plant you use in your landscape, you need to be sure you have the right plant for the right place and there just might be such a spot …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/08/12/multiple-uses-for-mint/

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