In this Issue:
  • Native Fall Wildflowers
  • Create Your Own Fall Color with Annual Foliage Plants
  • Fall Gardening on the Horizon
  • Enter Your Garden Bounty into the North Florida Fair
  • Hydroponic Bucket Garden
  • Happy Thanksgiving from your Gardening in the Panhandle Team !
  • Backyard Sugarcane in the Panhandle
  • Fall into Composting
  • Readying Your Raised Beds for Northwest Florida’s Best Gardening Season
  • It’s Fall… Now what Do I Do with my Lawn?
  • Fall Gardening

    Native Fall Wildflowers

    Each fall, nature puts on a brilliant show of color throughout the United States. As the temperatures drop, autumn encourages the “leaf peepers” to hit the road in search of the red-, yellow- and orange-colored leaves of the northern deciduous trees. In Northwest Florida the color of autumn isn’t just from trees. The reds, purples, …

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    Create Your Own Fall Color with Annual Foliage Plants

    Florida is known for many things, however sweeping vistas of hillsides covered in the orange, red, and yellow foliage of fall is not one of them.  Our long, hot summers and short, cool (not cold) winters, and lack of anything of substance resembling a season in between, precludes the fall color show our neighbors to …

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    Fall Gardening on the Horizon

    August is a double-edged sword. The oppressive heat is at its pinnacle – where even the thought of spending time in the garden makes you break into a sweat – but it is also the time of year that visions of fall start coming into focus, and you can’t help but peek at the weekly …

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    Enter Your Garden Bounty into the North Florida Fair

    Growing up, as soon as I entered the fair gates, I always headed straight for the rides. If I was lucky, I was able to get an unlimited pass strapped around my wrist and didn’t need to worry about rationing any tickets. Although I usually didn’t remember the names of particular rides – they were …

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    Hydroponic Bucket Garden

    Leaf lettuce growing in a floating hydroponic system.

    Christmas is just around the corner and what better gift could you give other than the gift that keeps on giving…a hydroponic bucket garden!  Floating hydroponic gardens are easy to build with supplies found at just about any home and garden center.  A simple garden can be constructed with a 5-Gallon bucket, polystyrene foam board …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/12/14/hydroponic-bucket-garden/

    Happy Thanksgiving from your Gardening in the Panhandle Team !

    Happy Thanksgiving from your Gardening in the Panhandle Team !       Author: Matthew Orwat – mjorwat@ufl.edu Matthew J. Orwat started his career with UF / IFAS in 2011 and is the Horticulture Extension Agent for Washington County Florida. His goal is to provide educational programming to meet the diverse needs of and provide …

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    Backyard Sugarcane in the Panhandle

    Do you want to add a little something different to your landscape? How about something edible, as well as a focal point in your garden? Backyard sugarcane may be just what you are looking for. Sugarcane, genus Saccharum, is a tropical perennial grass that thrives in humid environments across the southern United States. Based on …

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    Fall into Composting

    Fall is the time of year many of us spend countless hours raking leaves and pine straw, piling them up, watching kids jump into the piles (then re-raking!), and bagging them up for disposal. However, what you may not have considered is that all of those materials are ideal fertilizer for your lawn and garden. …

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    Readying Your Raised Beds for Northwest Florida’s Best Gardening Season

    I had to do a hard thing last week.  My battle-worn okra, eggplant and pepper plants that had produced so reliably since June and endured all the summertime challenges (heat, insects, disease, and a hurricane to name a few) were finally pulled out of my raised bed garden and discarded.  A combination of lowered yields, …

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    It’s Fall… Now what Do I Do with my Lawn?

    With the passing of September the end is in sight, well at least the end of summer, and hopefully summer-like weather. The hot humid days of August gave way to the hot humid days of September,now October, and the Florida Panhandle is finally experiencing cooler temperatures. At least temporarily. Days have shortened noticeably and the plants have noticed. Foliage …

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