In this Issue:
  • So You Want to be a Farmer? Workshop Series
  • Look More Deeply for Causes of Leaf Wilt
  • Keep It Covered with Mulch
  • 2015: International Year of Soils
  • Crop Rotation in the Garden
  • Soil Testing Can Save You Money
  • Soil: What’s Alive Beneath Our Feet?
  • Those Falling Leaves Are Useful
  • Preparing Your Vegetable Garden
  • Phosphorus – Know Your Soil
  • soil management

    So You Want to be a Farmer? Workshop Series

    Are you an avid gardener and looking to step it up a notch? Are your gardening eyes bigger than your dinner plate? If you have ever considered selling your bounty for market, you will certainly need to do your homework! One such step you can take is to attend the UF/IFAS Panhandle Extension Team’s So …

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    Look More Deeply for Causes of Leaf Wilt

    Plants have specific ways of telling gardeners that there is a problem, but not all plant symptoms lead us directly to the cause. During drier conditions, we often use wilting leaves as an indicator that water is needed.  This can be a reliable symptom that the soil is lacking moisture but it is not always …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/11/22/look-more-deeply-for-causes-of-leaf-wilt/

    Keep It Covered with Mulch

    Do you have a bare spot that you would like to see go away? How about a problem getting something to grow in a particular area? I’m not talking about that receding hairline or bald spot, I’m talking about your lawns and gardens. Many residents have these problems, whether it is too much shade under …

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    2015: International Year of Soils

    Dirt, earth, humus, terra firma, soil—no matter what you call it, the ground below us is one of the most important substances on, well, Earth. As children, most of us stomped in mud puddles, dug holes, and played in sand boxes—the tactile experience of moving dirt around seems to appeal to humans innately. Just last …

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    Crop Rotation in the Garden

    The kids are back to school and you know what that means – everyone in the house will soon come down with the sniffles and a sore throat. But what if when the kids came home, Jack went straight to his room, Susie to her room, Dad went to work in the garage, and Mom …

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    Soil Testing Can Save You Money

    Many home gardeners ask, why take soil samples? Soil sampling must be done prior to the planting of crops to determine the correct amount of nutrients and lime to add to the soil. It is best to take soil samples late in the fall or early winter of each year because certain additives, such as …

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    Soil: What’s Alive Beneath Our Feet?

    You’re digging up a ridiculously stubborn patch of Florida betony when an earthworm crawls across your path. As you break apart the soil in your hands a world of active organisms is being sifted through your fingers. Fertile soil is teeming with beneficial microbes. It is estimated that there can be billions of microbes in …

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    Those Falling Leaves Are Useful

    This is the time of year when leaves are turning shades of yellow and red and falling from the trees. And this spurs homeowners to get out there with their rakes and rid them from their lawns. This is a good practice as too many leaves will shade out the grass and decrease the quality …

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    Preparing Your Vegetable Garden

    Healthful outdoor exercise, a feeling of accomplishment, and potential saving on the family food bill are good reasons why more and more Floridians are turning to home vegetable gardening. Usually, the most physically challenging part of a vegetable gardening project is to get the soil ready for planting.  However, whatever you do, don’t give in to the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/09/23/preparing-your-vegetable-garden/

    Phosphorus – Know Your Soil

    In our area of Florida, soils will vary in the amount of nutrients they hold. In general, we think of our soils as nutrient poor because sand is often the highest component. Sandy soils have large pore spaces and the particles themselves do not ‘attract’ many of our nutrients. Therefore needed plant nutrients can leave …

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