In this Issue:
  • When Should I Prune My Fruit Trees?
  • Growing Winter Strawberries Workshop
  • Permaculture Practices for the Home Landscape
  • Citrus Canker in Northwest Florida
  • Love Blueberries? Thank the Blueberry Bee!
  • The Visual and Delectable Appeal of an Edible Landscape
  • Citrus Greening (HLB) A Troublesome Bacterial Pathogen
  • Dooryard Citrus Care for February
  • Lack of Winter Chill a Problem for Fruit
  • Upcoming Events: Spring into Gardening – Solutions !
  • Fruit trees

    When Should I Prune My Fruit Trees?

    Every winter season in the Florida Panhandle is different. It can be wet or dry, frigid cold or unseasonably warm. We may have early frosts and early springs, or cold snaps in late march after fruit trees flower. While we cannot determine the exact time to prune the dooryard fruit trees in our rather variable …

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    Growing Winter Strawberries Workshop

    Where: Washington County Agriculture Center 1424 Jackson Ave When: Saturday November 11, 9:00am-12:00pm Cost: $10.00. Refreshments Served Limit 30 participants Strawberry plant plugs will be provided to participants ! On site demonstration ! Pre Registration required for count: Contact Nikki or Cynthia at 850-638-6180 or email Matthew Orwat at mjorwat@ufl.edu     Now is the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/10/30/growing-winter-strawberries-workshop/

    Permaculture Practices for the Home Landscape

    If you’ve attended any of our landscaping classes, then you’ve probably heard the phrase “Right Plant, Right Place”.  This phrase is a simple reminder to research plant growth habits and growing conditions before making selections for your landscape.  This not only holds true for ornamental plants, but for edible crops as well.  A term used …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/08/25/permaculture-practices-for-the-home-landscape/

    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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    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/

    Citrus Greening (HLB) A Troublesome Bacterial Pathogen

    If we look at the big picture when it comes to invasive species, some of the smallest organisms on the planet should pop right into focus. A microscopic bacterium named Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus, the cause of Citrus Greening (HLB), has devastated the citrus industry worldwide. This tiny creature lives and multiplies within the phloem tissue …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/03/02/citrus-greening-hlb-a-troublesome-bacterial-pathogen/

    Dooryard Citrus Care for February

    Dooryard citrus enthusiasts may be uncertain about late winter management of Satsuma and other citrus trees.  Several questions that have come in to the Extension Office recently include: Should I prune my trees? Why are the leaves yellow? How soon should I fertilize?  The focus of this article is to provide some answers to these common …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/02/14/dooryard-citrus-care-for-february/

    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/

    Upcoming Events: Spring into Gardening – Solutions !

    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 solutions for homeowners and small farmers with ornamental, turf, fruit and vegetable gardening …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/01/26/upcoming-events-spring-into-gardening-solutions/

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