Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Recognizes School Gardens with “Golden Shovel” Awards

Jun 02, 17 Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Recognizes School Gardens with “Golden Shovel” Awards

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services today announced the winners of the third annual Florida Farm to School “Golden Shovel” Awards, which recognize Florida students, educators and community...

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Giving Gardeners Information on Potting Media for Trees and Shrubs

Jun 02, 17 Giving Gardeners Information on Potting Media for Trees and Shrubs

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By: Dennis O’Brien With spring here, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists in Alabama have some timely advice for gardeners and homeowners who buy shrubs or trees. Their insight comes from a cooperative study with Auburn University scientists focused on the effects of pine bark and other types of potting media used with...

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UF scientists prepare for devastating pest in China before it makes its way to U.S.

By: Ellison Langford GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A previously unrecognized pest is making a name for itself devastating American sweetgum trees in China. Now, University of Florida researchers fear the insect will make its way to the United States and devastate its sweetgum trees. The bug was so obscure it recently had no scientific name...

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‘Inferno’ coleus has stunning orange foliage of perfection

Jun 02, 17 ‘Inferno’ coleus has stunning orange foliage of perfection

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By Norman Winter There is an ‘Inferno’ of color this spring coming from a coleus that racked up quite a number of perfect scorecards. ‘Inferno’ hasn’t been out long, but already it has heads turning, especially when you consider that it was total perfection in University of Georgia, University of Tennessee and Michigan...

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The paloverde is a drought-tolerant tree with distinctive green bark that’s covered with spines

Jun 02, 17 The paloverde is a drought-tolerant tree with distinctive green bark that’s covered with spines

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By Norman Winter I’ll never forget that rare cold morning at the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas. Monarchs and queen butterflies — cousin butterflies — were roosting in the retama trees waiting for the sun to warm them for flight. I had already fallen in love with the trees’ flashy display of thousands of yellow...

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UGA peanut entomologist Mark Abney advises farmers to monitor thrips activity

May 04, 17 UGA peanut entomologist Mark Abney advises farmers to monitor thrips activity

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By Clint Thompson With thrips activity at a high level, peanut farmers are advised to closely monitor their peanut seedlings as planting season gets underway, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut entomologist Mark Abney. “No matter what thrips management tactic is chosen, scouting is still a good...

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The problem expands for avocado growers: 9 beetle species carry deadly fungus

 by Brad Buck – by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.  Many people love their avocados – not to mention guacamole dip. So it was bad enough when scientists said a beetle was ravaging avocado trees in South Florida. Then scientists found out that the redbay ambrosia beetle — originally...

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Successful compost piles can be judged by the company they keep

May 04, 17 Successful compost piles can be judged by the company they keep

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By Merritt Melancon Gardeners are likely to see a whole community of living things in their compost piles — from millipedes and roaches to worms and small mammals. While most of this activity is natural and great for compost, some uninvited guests can indicate a problem with the compost pile. University of Georgia Cooperative...

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Native to the South, ‘Mrs. Schiller’s Delight’ is semi-evergreen, tough and tolerant.

Apr 04, 17 Native to the South, ‘Mrs. Schiller’s Delight’ is semi-evergreen, tough and tolerant.

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By Norman Winter It’s been amusing watching visitors get out of their cars and start taking photos of shrubs around the parking lot at the University of Georgia Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. Sometimes we even laughingly call these tough-as-nails plants “parking lot shrubs.” I am referring to ‘Mrs. Schiller’s...

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UF workshop to help homeowners navigate HOA issues for landscaping

By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu SANFORD, Fla. — Wondering if that new lawn will mean a discussion with your Homeowner’s Association? The University of Florida Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM  program offers a workshop on April 26 to help homeowners navigate the process. “Legally Speaking: FFL in The...

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‘Gloom’ and doom when these insects are on hot, dry red maple trees

Apr 04, 17 ‘Gloom’ and doom when these insects are on hot, dry red maple trees

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303 GAINESVILLE, Fla. — They are known as gloomy scales, and these insects can make a red maple tree’s life downright dreary. This is because the arthropods feed and thrive on them, especially in warm and dry urban landscapes, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher...

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Crape murder? UF/IFAS researcher says trim back on pruning crapemyrtle

Mar 01, 17 Crape murder? UF/IFAS researcher says trim back on pruning crapemyrtle

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By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu With spring around the corner, many homeowners are eyeing their crapemyrtle for a good pruning or topping. But pruning may not be necessary, and take too much off and you could harm the tree, said Gary Knox, a professor of environmental horticulture with the University of...

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ARS Genetics Researcher in Miami is Named Fairchild Medal Recipient

Mar 01, 17 ARS Genetics Researcher in Miami is Named Fairchild Medal Recipient

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By Dennis O’Brien Kalāheo, Hawaii, Feb. 3, 2017—Alan W. Meerow, a research geneticist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS), has been awarded the 2017 David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration by the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG). This not-for-profit,...

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UF/IFAS researchers find potential bugs to eat invasive cogongrass

Credit: Courtesy James Cuda, UF/IFAS GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A few bugs may be able to chew up some cogongrass, a noxious weed that elbows out pasture grass, golf course greens and valuable ecosystems, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher says. A worldwide research team led by UF/IFAS...

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Heuchera are native to the U.S. and an award-winning perennial plant

Feb 01, 17 Heuchera are native to the U.S. and an award-winning perennial plant

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By Norman Winter I was hiking around Blue Ridge, Georgia, not long ago and came across a few terrific-looking heuchera, or coral bells, which I had only seen previously for sale in garden centers. All heuchera species are native to the United States, including this Heuchera villosa, which is native to the Southeast from Arkansas to...

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Cowpea curculio sidelines Georgia’s largest black-eye pea fields

Feb 01, 17 Cowpea curculio sidelines Georgia’s largest black-eye pea fields

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By Merritt Melancon The lucky legume has been part of a boom-and-bust cycle for the past three decades thanks to a pod-feeding weevil that has, so far, evaded farmers’ best pest control practices. This year is going to be a bust due to high pest pressure, said David Riley, a professor of entomology at the University of Georgia who...

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Ascot Rainbow’ offers sizzling, year-round interest

Jan 02, 17 Ascot Rainbow’ offers sizzling, year-round interest

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By Norman Winter Mention the word “ascot” and you probably think about a silky, men’s tie most likely worn by the upper crust of European society. Then there is the Royal Ascot horse race, where the word is associated with royalty and high society. Today, however, I want you to associate the word with ‘Ascot Rainbow,’ an...

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State Preserves More Than 2,300 Acres of 160-Year-Old Ranch in Putnam County

Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Governor and Cabinet today unanimously approved the preservation of 2,306 acres of environmentally sensitive agricultural land on the Clay Ranch in Putnam County, while allowing the land and agriculture operations...

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2016’s Top 10 UF/IFAS Extension publications cover snakes, avocados, vegetable gardening, more

Jan 02, 17 2016’s Top 10 UF/IFAS Extension publications cover snakes, avocados, vegetable gardening, more

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Vegetable gardening, bahia grass, living with snakes and identifying poisonous plants. These are the topics for some of the top University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension documents from 2016. Here’s this year’s list of the top 10...

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Fall-blooming camellias offer stunning landscape performance

Nov 30, 16 Fall-blooming camellias offer stunning landscape performance

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By Norman Winter Hurricane Matthew gave our Judge Arthur Solomon Camellia Trail a stiff uppercut as it brought down a lot of large trees. Now, one month later, the fall-blooming camellias are bringing in guests to gaze upon their beauty and their pollinating honeybee visitors. The bees seem to be in ecstasy as they literally dive...

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