Gardening in the Panhandle

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Crane Flies

Crane Flies

All my life, I’ve known them as mosquito hawks. Built like extra-large, spindly-legged versions of mosquitoes, they look a bit intimidating. However, growing up we were told they were harmless and actually fed solely on mosquitoes. In the days before Google, I just...

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Zinnias 101

Zinnias 101

Zinnias are well-known annual flowers, primarily recognized for their easy and fast growth. Their wide range of growing habits contributes to their popularity, as they can range from short and bushy to tall with a singular stalk. Regardless of their growing habit,...

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The Third Place

The Third Place

Have you ever heard of "the third place?" It's a concept introduced by sociologist Ray Oldenburg in his 1999 book, "The Great Good Place. " In the book, Oldenburg writes about the need for a space beyond home (the first place) and work (the second place) where people...

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Diversification of Dooryard Fruit

Diversification of Dooryard Fruit

Here in North Florida, it is not uncommon to see a few citrus trees in a residential landscape. With Florida being the second highest producing state of citrus, it is not out of the normal to see them when you are out and about. They are a great option to keep a lush...

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Save Water, Save Money, Save Your Plants!

Save Water, Save Money, Save Your Plants!

After a relatively cold winter like the Florida panhandle has experienced the last couple of years, it’s always gratifying to see plants greening up in the spring. Anyone who enjoys the outdoors is likely to want to get out there and start helping things grow. That...

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