Monthly Archive: March 2012

‘Easter Egg’ is an eggplant that will amaze the kids

High in fiber, low in calories and cholesterol free, the eggplant is a great edible to add to the summer garden. Although we think of eggplant as a vegetable, botanically it is a fruit. In Northwest Florida, our long hot growing season is perfect for the eggplant. One of the most common problems encountered in …

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March “mole cricket” madness

Eighteen and counting! Over the last few evenings, eighteen tawny mole crickets were captured in my backyard using a soap-flushing technique. Mole crickets are very lively this year and reports of activity are coming in earlier than normal. Even though their presence is alarming, it’s still not the time of year to treat for these …

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Heirloom or hybrid tomatoes, which to choose?

Tomatoes are a favorite of backyard gardeners. Fresh-grown tomatoes are packed with flavor and nutrition. Due to their popularity, many different types of tomatoes have been developed and selected over time. Choosing the best type for your individual growing situation will increase your chance of enjoying a mouth-watering tomato sandwich on a hot summer day. …

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False shamrock, aka woodsorrel, is a weed we notice around St. Patrick’s Day

It’s been said that one person’s wildflowers are another person’s weeds. This saying applies particularly well to a large group of low-growing herbs in the Oxalis genus. The name Oxalis indicates the presence of oxalic acid in many of the approximately 500 plant species within the genera. Many of the species are known as woodsorrels …

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12th annual Seagrass Awareness Festival and Gumbo Cookoff!!!

Join us for 2 great events!!!! What:       12th Annual Seagrass Awareness Celebration          5th Annual GB Rotary Gumbo Cook-off! When:        March 31, 2012                      10:00 am until 4:00 pm Where:       Shoreline Park South, Gulf Breeze                       (Across from the  Recreation center on                        Shoreline Drive) Contact:     Chris Verlinde 623-3868                         chrismv@ufl.edu  Seagrass Awareness is an annual family event …

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2012 Peanut Disease Management

                                                                                                                                                                  Peanut Pointers February 2012 Bob Kemerait, University of Georgia Extension Plant Pathologist   Though we are 2 ½ months away from planting peanuts, there are a number of important points for growers to consider now with regards to management of diseases and nematodes affecting the crop.   These points include: 1.       Our winter weather.  …

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Antique rose seminar

A free educational series called “Mondays in the Gardens” will be held in the shade garden class room located next to the UF gardens parking lot behind Pensacola State College, Milton Campus.  On March 5th at 10:00 a.m. a program entitled “Antique Roses – Their History and Care” will be offered. The University of Florida’s …

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