In this Issue:
  • Giant Swallowtails and Satsumas
  • Edible Blossoms For You!
  • Florida Pecan Field Day – Thursday September 5th
  • Cercospora: A Summer Fungal Disease Problem
  • Disposing Of Grass Clippings Can Be A Pain But Alternatives Exist
  • Asian Cockroach – Is it a Pest of the Home or the Garden?
  • Soil Testing Can Save You Money Later
  • Support Farmers, Buy Local
  • Summer Bulbs
  • Weed Control is not “One Size Fits All”
  • Summer 2013

    Giant Swallowtails and Satsumas

    Gardeners that have Satsumas, commonly known as orange mandarin (Citrus reticulate), probably have experienced a caterpillar called Orangedog.  It is a chewing insect that feeds on citrus foliage including Satsuma and a few other plant species.  The caterpillar is dark brown with creamy-white, mottled markings and is the larval stage of the giant swallowtail (Papilio …

    Continue reading »

    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2013/09/02/giant-swallowtails-and-satsumas/

    Edible Blossoms For You!

    Brightly colored garden Nasturtium

    Add the easy-to-grow garden nasturtium to your vegetable or flower garden! Dress up a ho-hum salad with a vibrant blossom or two just like some of the high-end restaurants. The first taste you experience will be sweetness and then a pleasant peppery flavor emerges. Not only can you eat the flowers but the leaves can …

    Continue reading »

    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2013/08/23/edible-blossoms-for-you/

    Florida Pecan Field Day – Thursday September 5th

    Florida Pecan Field Day and Florida Pecan Growers’ Association Annual Meeting Jefferson County Extension Office 2729 West Washington Street Monticello, Florida 8:30 AM, EDT Thursday September 5th Harvest time is coming for Florida pecan growers. Demand is up, irrigation needs are down, and fungus pressure has been a serious problem over the entire Southeast. Producers …

    Continue reading »

    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2013/08/19/florida-pecan-field-day-thursday-sepetmber-5th/

    Cercospora: A Summer Fungal Disease Problem

        This summer’s rainy and humid weather has created a perfect environment for the proliferation of a variety of fungal diseases. In particular, Cercospora is a genus of fungus of which there are over 1,200 different species. Because there are so many species of this fungus, many different plant species are affected including many …

    Continue reading »

    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2013/08/19/cercospora-a-summer-fungal-disease-problem/

    Disposing Of Grass Clippings Can Be A Pain But Alternatives Exist

    As if mowing the lawn wasn’t trouble enough, dealing with and disposing of grass clippings is a major pain. Clumps of grass clippings left on the lawn are unsightly and cause the grass beneath them to turn yellow due to a lack of sunlight as well as oxygen. That problem is somewhat eliminated if you …

    Continue reading »

    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2013/08/19/disposing-of-grass-clippings-can-be-a-pain-but-alternatives-exist/

    Asian Cockroach – Is it a Pest of the Home or the Garden?

    When people first see Asian cockroaches they may think they are seeing little flying moths. Or they may believe they are seeing German cockroaches because the two species look similar. Keen observation will indicate that there are differences, particularly in behavior.  In appearance, both German and Asian cockroach adults are about 5/8 inch long and are brown in …

    Continue reading »

    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2013/08/12/asian-cockroach-is-it-a-pest-of-the-home-or-the-garden/

    Soil Testing Can Save You Money Later

      Often, vegetable gardeners that I work with through the Walton County Extension office pose the question: Why should I take a soil sample? I always answer that soil testing will determine whether lime and fertilizer need to be applied to the soil to support good plant growth. Soil sampling must be done prior to the planting …

    Continue reading »

    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2013/08/12/soil-testing-can-save-you-money-later/

    Support Farmers, Buy Local

    Consumers worldwide are rediscovering the benefits of buying locally grown food. However, this notion is not necessarily new. Farmers have been making their freshly produced wares available at local locations for years. So, why should anyone buy local?  Local produce is considered fresher, tastier, and more nutritious. Studies have shown that fresh produce loses nutrients quickly during transportation. …

    Continue reading »

    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2013/08/12/support-farmers-buy-local/

    Summer Bulbs

    Thinking of bulbs for the garden? Summer is not necessarily the time of year that gardeners think about beautiful blooms from bulbs and bulb-like plants, but there are many that bloom in the summer garden. In general, many types of plants with an underground storage organ are classified as a bulb.  These  include plants with tubers, rhizomes, or corms.  True …

    Continue reading »

    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2013/08/05/summer-bulbs/

    Weed Control is not “One Size Fits All”

    Above average rainfall this summer has supplied water to more than just our landscapes, weeds are benefiting and flourishing as well. Just as with any other landscape pest, proper weed control starts with accurate identification and knowledge about the life cycle of the weed. When weeds are low in number, mechanical control (pulling, mowing) is a good start. …

    Continue reading »

    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2013/08/05/weeds-control-is-not-one-size-fits-all/

    Older posts «