In this Issue:
  • Beneficial Wasp is Effective Control for Tomato Hornworm
  • Florida Native: Muhly Grass Muhlenbergia capillaris
  • Dotted Horsemint Attracts More than Pollinators
  • Fall Gardening on the Horizon
  • Master Naturalist Classes a Perfect Fit for Gardening Enthusiasts
  • Bring the Color of Hawaii to the Panhandle with Ti Plant!
  • Bay County Air Potato Challenge and Invasive Species Awareness Day a Success
  • Summer Is Time For Pollinators
  • Growing Squash in the Home Garden
  • Enter Your Garden Bounty into the North Florida Fair
  • General Gardening

    Beneficial Wasp is Effective Control for Tomato Hornworm

    Why would anyone allow dozens of wasps to thrive in their garden? Why would they let caterpillars keep moving through their pepper bushes? Don’t they know you can spray for that? As Extension agents, one of the tenets we “preach” in gardening is the concept of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This technique involves a series …

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    Florida Native: Muhly Grass Muhlenbergia capillaris

    Versatile, easy-care, beautiful, native – what’s not to love about muhly grass? How is it versatile? It makes a perfect border along a fence or structure. Plant it in a single or double row depending on available space. Use a single plant as a specimen in a smaller landscape. Muhly grass can also be planted …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/08/29/florida-native-muhly-grass-muhlenbergia-capillaris/

    Dotted Horsemint Attracts More than Pollinators

    In 2016, I wrote an article for Gardening in the Panhandle called “Attract Pollinators with Dotted Horsemint” introducing readers to this tough native plant that supports native pollinators. If you have flowers in your garden, you probably have pollinators and a whole lot of other insects but if you want a plant that lets you …

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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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    Master Naturalist Classes a Perfect Fit for Gardening Enthusiasts

    For many Floridians, gardening is a window into learning the cycles of the natural world. Understanding pollination, distinguishing beneficial insects from harmful ones, creating compost, or knowing what time of year to apply iron supplements are important for a gardener to be successful. While we have our share of campers, hikers, and kayakers, over the …

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    Bring the Color of Hawaii to the Panhandle with Ti Plant!

    Too often, would be gardeners travel to exotic locales, become intoxicated with the beautiful floral display of Plumeria, Jatropha, Bird of Paradise and Bougainvillea, and come home with visions of homemade leis picked from the garden dancing in their heads.  As anyone who has attempted to grow any of the aforementioned plants in the Panhandle …

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    Bay County Air Potato Challenge and Invasive Species Awareness Day a Success

    On June 6th, we held an Invasive Species Workshop: Air Potato Challenge and Species Awareness day at the UF/IFAS Extension Office in Panama City. Over 700 air potato leaf beetles were distributed to more than 30 sites in Northwest Florida by citizen scientists to help manage the invasive air potato vine! We were joined by University …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/07/03/bay-county-air-potato-challenge-and-invasive-species-awareness-day-a-success/

    Summer Is Time For Pollinators

    National Pollinator Week is only recognized in June, but efforts to encourage pollinators shouldn’t end then. Pollination occurs when pollen grains are moved between two flowers of the same species, or within a single flower, by wind or animals that are pollinators. Successful pollination, which may require visits by multiple pollinators to a single flower, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/06/28/summer-is-time-for-pollinators/

    Growing Squash in the Home Garden

    Are you interested in growing squash in your garden?  Do you know the difference between summer squash and winter squash?  Check out this very informative instructional video on growing squash in your home garden by Walton County Agriculture Agent Evan Anderson.     Author: Matt Lollar – mlollar@ufl.edu Matt Lollar is the Santa Rosa County …

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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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