In this Issue:
  • Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, What Can You Do to Help? – A Florida Friendly Yard
  • Backyard Shiitake Mushrooms: a Tasty and SAFE DIY Project
  • Plant Them High and Water Well
  • Deck the Halls With Boughs of Holly
  • The Bumble Bee – One of Florida’s Vital Pollinators
  • NISAW 2017: Micro-Invasives can Cause Big Problems – Bacterial Pathogens
  • Winter is For Tree Planting
  • Your Christmas Tree Could Benefit Winter Wildlife
  • Consider a Native Evergreen This Christmas
  • Gardening for Pollinator Conservation Workshop – October 13th, Quincy FL
  • Gardening

    Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, What Can You Do to Help? – A Florida Friendly Yard

    We have been posting articles discussing some of the issues our estuaries are facing; this post will focus on one of the things you can do to help reduce the problem – a Florida Friendly Yard. The University of Florida IFAS developed the Florida Friendly Landscaping Program. It was developed to be included in the …

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    Backyard Shiitake Mushrooms: a Tasty and SAFE DIY Project

    Have you ever eaten a wild mushroom and then wondered afterwards if you might have made a mistake? If you are prone to forage outdoors for tasty treats from nature, I’ll bet you have. The problem is, unless you are harvesting one of a few “foolproof” species of edible fungi, positive identification can be very …

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    Plant Them High and Water Well

    We plant trees with the intention of them being there long after we are gone. However, many trees and shrubs fail before ever reaching maturity.  Often this is due to improper installation and establishment.  Research has shown that there are techniques to improve survivability.  Before digging the hole: Look up. If there is a wire, security …

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    Deck the Halls With Boughs of Holly

    According to Druid lore, hanging the plant in homes would bring good luck and protection. Holly was considered sacred because it remained green and strong with brightly colored red berries no matter how harsh the winter.  Most other plants would wilt and die. Later, Christians adopted the holly tradition from Druid practices and developed symbolism …

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    The Bumble Bee – One of Florida’s Vital Pollinators

    “The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it.” Jacques Yves Cousteau Bumble bees are among the most recognizable types of insects. They are large, colorful, and a wonder to watch.  They’re also popularized in media, cartoons, and clip-art images, but …

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    NISAW 2017: Micro-Invasives can Cause Big Problems – Bacterial Pathogens

    If we look at the big picture when it comes to invasive species, some of the smallest organisms on the planet should pop right into focus. A microscopic bacterium named Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus, the cause of Citrus Greening (HLB), has devastated the citrus industry worldwide. This tiny creature lives and multiplies within the phloem tissue …

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    Winter is For Tree Planting

    Florida has celebrated Arbor Day since 1886 and has one of the first Arbor Day celebrations in the nation, on the third Friday in January.  Trees establish a root system quickly when they aren’t expending as much energy on leaf development.  So in Florida that is in the winter months; hence the reason for a …

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    Your Christmas Tree Could Benefit Winter Wildlife

    Americans purchased approximately 30 million live Christmas trees last year. If you plan to have a live tree this winter, and you’re wondering what you could do with your tree once it has finished its role as holiday decoration in your home, read below. Rather than simply dragging your tree to the curb for the …

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    Consider a Native Evergreen This Christmas

    Throughout history the evergreen tree has been a symbol of life. “Not only green when summer’s here, but also when it’s cold and dreary” as the Christmas carol “O Tannenbaum” says.  While supporting the cut Christmas tree industry does create jobs and puts money into local economics, every few years consider adding to the urban …

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    Gardening for Pollinator Conservation Workshop – October 13th, Quincy FL

    A “Gardening for Pollinator Conservation” Workshop will take place Thursday, October 13, at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) in Quincy. Pollinators are important in conserving native plants, ensuring a plentiful food supply, encouraging biodiversity and helping maintain a healthier ecological environment – – – the so-called “balance of nature.” Come learn …

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