In this Issue:
  • Showy Spring Flowering Viburnum luzoncium
  • April is National Safe Digging Month!
  • Low Maintenance Ground Cover for Hot, Dry Sites
  • 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
  • General Gardening

    Showy Spring Flowering Viburnum luzoncium

    I’m hard pressed to tell you my favorite song, movie, or place to eat, but when we start talking plants I can come up with whole categories of favorites. I won’t commit to just one species, but when it comes to woody shrubs I am a huge fan of viburnums. We have small ones, tall …

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    April is National Safe Digging Month!

    This month, recognized by the Senate and Florida’s governor, reminds diggers why calling 811 before all outdoor digging projects is important to your safety. Before installing a mailbox, fence, deck, garden or tree make sure to call Sunshine 811 to have underground lines marked. 811 is the free national number designated by the Federal Communications …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/04/09/april-is-national-safe-digging-month/

    Low Maintenance Ground Cover for Hot, Dry Sites

    We all know that when you have bare ground in Florida, eventually something unwanted moves in or the soil moves out. To avoid either of these negative outcomes, a good practice is to grow robust vegetative groundcovers, especially if the soil slopes and is at high risk of eroding. Turfgrass is one option, but what …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/03/13/low-maintenance-ground-cover-for-hot-dry-sites/

    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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    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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    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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