In this Issue:
  • Fall Vegetable Variety Demonstration
  • Calculating the True Benefits of Trees
  • A Place to Diapause
  • Cold Weather Approaching: Have a Citrus Protection Plan in Place
  • Trees for Fall Color
  • Pecans – A Southern Tradition
  • Horticultural Traditions
  • Douse Those Pests With Oil!
  • Battling Bat Myths
  • Starting a Fruit Orchard or an Edible Landscape? What Should I Grow? Fall is the Time to Decide !
  • Fall 2013

    Fall Vegetable Variety Demonstration

    This fall, the Gulf Coast Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Team put in a fall vegetable demonstration at UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center in Jay, Florida.  The demonstration had several fall crops such as spinach, swiss chard, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, turnips, rutabaga, kale, and collards.  Several of the recommended varieties were grown …

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    Calculating the True Benefits of Trees

    How much is a 400-year old live oak tree worth?  Can you buy one online, with free shipping, and charge it to the credit card?  Pick one up at the local home improvement store?  Ask Santa? Of course not.  When admiring a tree that size, we have an innate sense of its value, but we would …

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    A Place to Diapause

      Leaf footed bugs are pests of many seed, fruit, vegetable and nut crops.  They get their name from the leaf shape of their back legs.  The insect is dark brown to black and about an inch long.  Like ladybird beetles, leaf footed bugs can invade your home in the fall in search of a …

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    Cold Weather Approaching: Have a Citrus Protection Plan in Place

    On the night of November 13th,  a mild freeze of 30°F occured in parts of Northwest Florida.  Don’t be caught without a citrus protection plan ! How cold does it have to get before citrus in Northwest Florida needs to be protected? A concrete answer to this question does not exist. Growers and home gardeners alike must consider several …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2013/11/18/cold-weather-approaching-have-a-citrus-protection-plan-in-place/

    Trees for Fall Color

    Although Florida is not known for the brilliant fall color enjoyed by some of our northern neighbors, we do have a number of trees that provide some fall color for our North Florida landscapes.  Our native flowering dogwood consistently provides some change in color before dropping its leaves. You can expect a red to maroon …

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    Pecans – A Southern Tradition

    As I made a visit back to my hometown in North Alabama I was reminded of the subtle changes from fall into winter, which are not always apparent to me living in Tallahassee: the vibrant palette of leaves as they make their permanent descent until spring, the litter of spent cotton along each highway and …

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    Horticultural Traditions

    Generally as Extension Agents we do not write interest type articles for this newsletter, but I thought I would mix it up this week and write on two of my favorite things and how they relate.  My first love growing up in north Alabama was college football.  I would spend hours reading statistics about my favorite …

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    Douse Those Pests With Oil!

    horticultural oil and neem oil bottles

    For centuries, people annoyed with plant pests have used oils to control insects, mites, and even some fungal diseases. Current oil products are better than ever! Commercially available horticultural oils are mineral oils from refined petroleum products. Impurities are removed and then an emulsifying agent is added that allows the oil to mix with water …

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    Battling Bat Myths

    As we leave Halloween season, one of the most popular images of this spooky time of year is that of a bat.  The creepy tales of vampire bats and Dracula are enduring and certainly exciting.   Unfortunately, many negative connotations exist around this fascinating species.  Perhaps you’ve heard they carry rabies, that they will fly into …

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    Starting a Fruit Orchard or an Edible Landscape? What Should I Grow? Fall is the Time to Decide !

    The avid gardener has heard on many occasions that fall is the best time of the year to plant trees and shrubs. Correct! Now is the time to start a fruit orchard or an edible landscape.  As the seasons transition into much cooler weather, now is the ideal planting season for hardy trees, shrubs and ground covers (Trawick, 2013). In …

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