Give plants sun, space and air to prevent garden diseases

By Sharon Dowdy Home gardeners must fight insects and diseases to keep their vegetable plants healthy and productive. Diseases are harder to identify because, unlike bugs, you can’t easily see a pathogen, says University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialist Elizabeth Little. “Insects can be seen on plants, but diseases...

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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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Native blue mistflowers offer dazzling color

By Norman Winter When I moved into my new house about this time last year, I was quick to notice my neighbor’s flowers across the street. I could see drifts of wonderful, tall, blue flowers coupled with the complementary orange of swirling Gulf fritillary butterflies. I knew immediately that my neighbor was a real gardener, as...

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Curcuma gingers are the crown jewels of the plant world

Aug 31, 16 Curcuma gingers are the crown jewels of the plant world

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By Norman Winter Names like ‘Queen Lily’ and ‘Emperor’ belong to an incredible group, or genera, of gingers called “Curcuma.” To me, they are among the most beautiful plants you can grow in the landscape. As the names suggest, they are indeed fit for royalty. In addition to these, I want to tout a few more that might...

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Add attractive plants to your landscape that provide nutritious fruit, too

Jun 02, 16 Add attractive plants to your landscape that provide nutritious fruit, too

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By Josh Fuder During a vacation in France last year, I had an awakening of sorts in terms of my philosophy on garden design and plant selection. A number of the gardens and public parks that I visited incorporated vegetables like Swiss chard and kale in with annual flower plantings. As an avid gardener, and an even more avid eater,...

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UF/IFAS study: “Green Industry” generates nearly $200 billion; 2 million jobs nationwide

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — What economists call the “green industry” – nursery and greenhouse production, landscape services and horticultural product distribution − is bringing plenty of green to a lot of people across the country. A new study by the University of Florida Institute...

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Early blooms call for patience, not pruning

Feb 01, 16 Early blooms call for patience, not pruning

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By Merritt Melancon With December’s temperatures mimicking spring in most parts of Georgia, it’s no wonder that so many landscape plants are confused. Last month, gardeners in all corners of the state saw their azaleas blooming and their spring flowering trees forming buds. Since then, winter weather has returned and damaged...

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Learning What “Wood” a Termite Prefers

Dec 01, 15 Learning What “Wood” a Termite Prefers

Posted by in Land Care, Landscaping, Scientific Studies

By Kim Kaplan U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists recently tested 10 commercial lumber species to learn which woods a termite favors and spurns. Termites cause nearly $40 billion in damage globally each year and destroy parts of more than 600,000 homes annually in the United States alone. How much wood a single colony...

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Tiny fungi can weaken roots and kill trees

Nov 03, 15 Tiny fungi can weaken roots and kill trees

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By Stephen Pettis Urban trees tend to have shortened lives, some living no more than 50 to 80 years. Urban forests in many metro areas have started to mature and decline, and are very susceptible to trunk-rotting and buttress root-rotting organisms. Wood-rotting organisms can slowly nibble away at trunks and buttress roots. Trees...

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Disease causes spots on oak tree leaves, won’t kill trees

By Paul Pugliese All of the rain earlier this spring has resulted in numerous calls to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents about leaf spot diseases on a variety of plants, including oak trees. Most fungal pathogens that infect leaves prefer cool, moist conditions during leaf expansion in early spring. As young, tender...

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Learn to attract pollinators at up-coming class in Griffin

May 01, 15 Learn to attract pollinators at up-coming class in Griffin

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EVENT DATE: May. 15, 2015 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM  An eco-friendly container garden class has been set for Friday, May 15 at the University of Georgia Research and Education Garden, off of Ellis Road in Griffin, Georgia. Experts from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the University of Florida will teach...

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UF/IFAS citizen science project abuzz over bees, wasps

Writer: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Citizen scientists around the world are busy as bees for a University of Florida study. A global movement called “citizen science” is gaining traction, as scientists give lay people protocols so they can collect valid data. In this case, participants build...

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Build a compost bin to reduce waste, make plant food

Jan 30, 15 Build a compost bin to reduce waste, make plant food

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By Mary Carol Sheffield Resolve to live more sustainably in 2015 by creating a compost pile or bin to help reduce household waste. Many items thrown into the trash can be sorted out and composted in the backyard, and benefits go well beyond waste reduction. Compost can be used to improve garden soil and make landscapes and vegetable...

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