Monthly Archive: January 2012

Panhandle Outdoors LIVE!

The Natural Resource Extension Agents of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (UF/IFAS) present Panhandle Outdoors LIVE, a series of guided field excursions highlighting unique ecological features throughout northwest Florida. Trips begin in January 2012 and run monthly through November 2012, and participants can choose to attend as many or as …

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Oddities Appear As Leaves Fall

As leaves fall from our deciduous trees, you may notice some curious-looking growths. Typically hidden by foliage, here are some of the oddities you might be seeing. Lichens Lichens look menacing, but they are not harmful to the plants they grow on. Lichens are the crusty, leafy or hairy gray-green growth that you often see …

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Care to compost?

While I might be considered the gardener in the family, my husband is the king of compost. So he was a happy guy when Santa delivered a compost tumbler this year. With so many affordable and trouble-free composters available, almost anyone can convert yard debris into precious compost. While composting occurs naturally, human intervention can …

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Tried and true plants are All-America Selection winners

The 2012 All-America Selections (AAS) have been announced. AAS is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote new garden seed varieties with superior garden performance judged in impartial trials. Each year, judges visit trial gardens across North America. Judges look for improved qualities such as earliness to bloom or harvest, disease or pest tolerance, …

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Make New Year resolutions to help the environment

coreopsis and gaillardia

New Year’s is often the time for resolutions, and gardeners shouldn’t shy away from making a few of their own.  Resolve to nurture your gardens in 2012 the Florida-friendly way be working to keep the environment healthy. Whether you are new to Florida or have lived here all of your life, learn how to protect …

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