Gardening In The Panhandle

Aquaponics 101 Workshop

Aquaponics is an exciting system where fish and plants grow in harmony. The aquaponic system can be a fun project for the home gardener but can also become a successful farming venture.  Come and learn the basics of growing fish and plants together in an AQUAPONICS system. Date: February 27th Time: 8:00am-3.30pm Location: UF/IFAS WFREC – 4253 …

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Do Homework Before Choosing Fruit Trees

Dormant Peach Tree. Image Credit UF IFAS Environmental Horticulture Department It is hard to believe with all of this recent cold weather, but now is the time to plant fruit trees in the Florida Panhandle. When planning what type of fruit tree to plant, correct cultivar selection should be the top priority. The dooryard fruit …

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Stop “Crape Murder”!

This is the time of year when we often see crapemyrtles unnecessarily topped:  main stems that are several years old are cut back, often leaving branch stubs 2 – 5 inches or more in diameter. Topping is sometimes called heading, stubbing, rounding and dehorning. Figure 1. Topping is the drastic removal of large-diameter wood (typically several …

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2014 UF/IFAS Basic Beekeeping in the Panhandle Short Course

Photo by Judy Ludlow The UF/IFAS Panhandle Agriculture Extension Team will once again be offering a Basic  Beekeeping School in February and March.  These classes will be offered via interactive video conferencing at Extension Offices across the Panhandle.  Details are listed below, please call your local UF/IFAS Extension Service to register and if you have …

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Did the Freeze Kill My Palms?

The freezing rain last week across the panhandle left icicles hanging from street signs, rooftops, trees, shrubs and palms. Many people now wonder if their palms will survive the assault of the hard freeze. The chance of survival depends on the following factors: the most important consideration is the species of palm; a few of …

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Stone Fruit Winter Care

February is not a month many think of as a big gardening month, although the preparation and maintenance practices performed in February can be critical to the success of an orchard for the rest of the year.  Stone Fruit (Peaches, Nectarines) in particular need special care in the dormant season.  During the dormant season pruning …

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American Snowbell: Native Flowering Shrub-Like Small Tree for Wet Areas in the Landscape

Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA SCS. 1991. Southern wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. South National Technical Center, Fort Worth.   Found throughout the North Florida Panhandle, the American snowbell, Styrax americanus, is a native small flowering tree.  In his book, The Trees of Florida, Gil Nelson describes the …

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Care of Freeze-Injured Citrus Trees

  This week, Northwest Florida is once again receiving some bitter cold temperatures. The freezing weather two weeks ago resulted in some cold damage to some local citrus trees. Cold injured citrus trees can take a while to become evident. Citrus in freezing weather, under protective microsprinkler irrigation. Image Credit Doug Mayo UF IFAS   What appears to be …

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Camellia japonica ‘Magnoliaeflora’- A Worthwile Choice

 Recently, I was working on a camellia identification project in a forgotten camellia garden of about 60  plants. Most camellias I observed were not yet in flower but one in particular caught my eye. I later identified this eye catcher as Camellia japonica ‘Magnoliaeflora’.   Flower of Camellia japonica ‘Magnoliaeflora’Image Credit Matthew Orwat   Magnoliaeflora is …

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Soil Temperatures for Vegetable Seed Germination

  A bountiful harvest Every winter, many Florida homeowners enjoy growing their own vegetable plants.  It is definitely cheaper to buy vegetable seeds than vegetable transplants, and some vegetables grow better when direct seeded. One factor to take into consideration when planning a vegetable garden is that each vegetable has a different germination response to …

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