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What To Do with All This Rain? Plant a Rain Garden!

Rain gardens are an easy way to return water to our aquifer, reduce erosion, and help prevent stormwater runoff. Running down the driveway or patio, rainwater can pick up lawn chemicals and pesticides. A rain garden is basically a low section of the landscape planted with native plants that like to get their “feet” wet. …

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Upcoming Okaloosa County Lawn & Garden Seminars

Photo by Mary Derrick, UF IFAS Upcoming lawn & garden seminars   With spring on its way, your local University of Florida Extension Office in Okaloosa County is providing lawn and garden seminars for the public. Plan Before You Plant Seminar: Take the guesswork out of vegetable gardening and join Okaloosa County Master Gardener Lee Vanderpool …

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A Cherry for the Southern Garden

Although we are not able to grow edible cherry trees in more southern climates, there are a few ornamental relatives of the cherry that are worth adding to the landscape.  The Bush cherry, Prunus jacquemontii, is an attractive deciduous shrub that is a highlight with pink blooms in late winter.  Flowers provide an early nectar …

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Gardens of the Big Bend: A New Botanical and Teaching Garden in North Florida

View of the Discovery Garden in Gardens of the Big Bend. Weeping false butterflybush, Rostrinucula dependens, is a new and unusual perennial being evaluated in Gardens of the Big Bend. Gardens of the Big Bend is a new botanical and teaching garden located on the grounds of the University of Florida/IFAS North Florida Research and …

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Strawberries for the Home Garden Tuesday October 28

Strawberries for the Home Garden Tuesday October 28, 2014 UF IFAS Extension Washington County Learn how to grow strawberries in the Florida fall home garden ! Where: Washington County Ag Center East Wing Conference Room 1424 Jackson Ave. Chipley, FL 32428 When: Tuesday October 28th , 2014 6:00pm-8:00pm Cost: $ 10.00. Refreshments Served Limit 30 participants …

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Flies That Help Our Garden Grow

Hover Fly. Image Credit EDIS, Roy Frye When someone mentions flies, we think of buzzing around our heads, maggots in decomposing materials, and unclean conditions. It is time to change those thoughts, at least in the garden. There are several flies commonly found in landscapes that provide a valuable service in pest management. The long-legged …

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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. Image Credit: FAMU 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 …

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Growing Potatoes in Your Florida Garden

Florida-grown potatoes. Photo courtesy UF/IFAS. The time to plant potatoes is now! Potatoes are a good way to usher in the growing season of your home garden. They are easy to grow and their harvesting date doesn’t coincide with many other vegetables. In North Florida you can plan to put in your potatoes around the …

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Winter in the Vegetable Garden

Broccoli, a popular winter vegetable. Photo by Mary Derrick, UF IFAS In the Florida panhandle, we are fortunate to be able to grow crops throughout the year. The key is to know what to plant at the various times of the year. Vegetables that can be planted now include beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, collards, kale, …

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Winterizing Garden Tools

Garden Tools. Photo courtesy: UF/IFAS Gardening Solutions Due to a lack of snow, Florida’s winter landscape chores are relatively uncomplicated. However, that doesn’t mean they’re unimportant. As the growing season comes to a close and gardeners mow, snip and spade for the final time, it’s time to consider proper cleaning and storage of all that …

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