In this Issue:
  • Good Time to Control Common Pest Plants
  • Buy Seeds Now for Your Spring Garden!
  • Start Your Spring Garden Indoors
  • Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly
  • Mountain Snow in the Panhandle
  • Improve Your Life with Panhandle E-Extension Newsletters and UF/IFAS EDIS Resources
  • Name That Holiday Cactus
  • Readying Your Raised Beds for Northwest Florida’s Best Gardening Season
  • Whiteflies Invade the Panhandle
  • Arborists Help Maintain Healthy Trees
  • General Gardening

    Good Time to Control Common Pest Plants

    An important skill for the Florida gardener is to be able to identify and control invasive, exotic plant species. These plants invade and disrupt Florida’s unique natural ecosystems, often spreading from surrounding urban and suburban landscapes. Being proactive in reducing their spread helps protect the integrity of Florida’s natural areas. Cooler days, fewer bugs, dormant …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/02/05/good-time-to-control-common-pest-plants/

    Buy Seeds Now for Your Spring Garden!

    We’re having a cold winter this year and I’m sure the last thing on your mind is your spring garden, but it’s time to start ordering seeds!  The spring gardening seed catalogs are now out on garden center magazine racks and it’s tempting to buy everything that looks good in pictures.  However, there are a …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/01/25/buy-seeds-now-for-your-spring-garden/

    Start Your Spring Garden Indoors

    Get a head start on your spring vegetable garden by planting seed now for some of your favorite spring crops. A great advantage to starting from seed is the seemingly endless number of varieties of your favorite vegetables that are available from online seed companies. You can experiment with new and heirloom varieties. Look to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/01/25/start-your-spring-garden-indoors/

    Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly

    Photo by Sydney Park Brown UF/IFAS Holly has been considered sacred in some cultures because it remained green and strong with brightly colored red berries no matter how harsh the winter, even when most other plants would wilt and die. According to Druid lore, hanging the plant in homes would bring good luck and protection. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/12/14/deck-the-halls-with-boughs-of-holly/

    Mountain Snow in the Panhandle

    There are plants that gardeners may know and love from other regions that just do not perform well in the heat, humidity, and soils of our area. One example is the Japanese pieris, an attractive evergreen shrub with showy white blooms in spring. This shrub has a few specific environmental requirements that make it unsuitable …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/12/01/mountain-snow-in-the-panhandle/

    Improve Your Life with Panhandle E-Extension Newsletters and UF/IFAS EDIS Resources

    If you are a regular reader of Gardening in the Panhandle, you know that this e-newsletter covers many topics related to ornamental and vegetable gardening, Florida-friendly landscaping, pest management, and lawn and garden fertility. But did you also know that UF/IFAS Extension in the Florida Panhandle has four other E-newsletters covering topics such as Florida …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/11/27/improve-your-life-with-panhandle-e-extension-newsletters-and-ufifas-edis-resources/

    Name That Holiday Cactus

    Is your grandmother’s pass along Christmas cactus blooming really early? Do the leaf segments have “teeth” along the edges?  Are the “stringy things” sticking out of the flowers yellow in color? Well, I hate to tell you this, but that is not a Christmas cactus, (Schlumbergera bridgesii).  It is a Thanksgiving cactus, (Schlumbergera truncata). You can …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/11/13/name-that-holiday-cactus/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/10/10/readying-your-raised-beds-for-northwest-floridas-best-gardening-season/

    Whiteflies Invade the Panhandle

    Over the last month or so, home gardeners and commercial growers alike have noticed what look to be large dust particles floating through the air. It’s probably not uncommon to have inhaled a few or even a few hundred of these mysterious particles. Most likely, these “particles” aren’t dust at all but whiteflies instead. Whiteflies are small (less than a tenth …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/10/02/whiteflies-invade-the-panhandle/

    Arborists Help Maintain Healthy Trees

    Trees are a valuable resource. They add beauty to our community, serve as food and shelter for animals, filter the air, and cool urban environments. Trees can also be a liability when poorly maintained, damaged, or diseased. There are often times when an arborist is needed to help determine the best course of action for the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/09/08/arborists-help-maintain-healthy-trees/

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