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So What’s Good with Local Seafood?

Actually, if you like seafood – it’s all good! However, not everyone does and sometimes when this question is asked they are interested in not how it taste but where the seafood came from.   In recent years, there has been a move across the country to learn more about where their food comes from. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/18/so-whats-good-with-local-seafood/

What’s in Your Manure?

Humans have used animal manures to fertilize food crops for thousands of years. Manures are an organic source of plant nutrients and are often a waste byproduct that must be properly managed when raising animals. Today, many farmers and backyard gardeners continue to use animal manures to provide nutrition to their crops. However, a recent …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/05/24/whats-in-your-manure/

What’s Wrong with My Camellia Leaves?

Recently, a home gardener brought in some strange looking new leaves on his camellia. The youngest leaves were thick and fleshy and looked more characteristic of a succulent type plant than a camellia. What’s wrong with these leaves? Camellia leaf gall infection resulting in fleshy light green and pink leaves. Note the contrast with a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/21/whats-wrong-with-my-camellia-leaves/

April: What’s in Season Now?

Can you believe Florida fresh fruits and veggies are supplied to 160 countries around the globe!  Particularly abundant right now are the vegetables commonly referred to as cruciferous vegetables.   (However, many scientists are starting to favor the term brassica vegetables over cruciferous vegetables)  These nutritious veggies are ones that you will want to eat on …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/01/april-whats-in-season-now/

Enjoying Local Seafood; What’s in Peak Season for February?

There has been an increase interest, from both visitors and residents, in purchasing local seafood.  Here we are going to define local seafood as anything caught or grown within 200 miles of your location.  For Pensacola that includes Alabama, Mississippi, and much of Louisiana; for St. Mark’s that would include the Big Bend and much …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/02/08/enjoying-local-seafood-whats-in-peak-season-for-february/

What’s in Season Now? January

Goodness, it is freezing cold in most parts of the country and Florida is gearing up for a record breaking harvest season! According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Florida commercial farms rank second in the U.S. for value of vegetable production; first in production value for oranges (accounts for 63 …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/01/11/whats-in-season-now-january/

The Danger Within… What’s Hiding in Our Woods

As summer comes to its apex you may find yourself longing to move your activities outdoors and commune with nature. However, as you are reveling in the warm weather while hiking, camping, biking, gardening, etc. remember that there are native plants of a less friendly nature hiding in plain sight. I’m sure you have all …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/06/15/the-danger-within-whats-hiding-in-our-woods/

Purple Hyacinth Bean – What’s Old is New

Everyone is interested in growing an easy plant that offers interest all throughout the warm season. Look no further than an old favorite, the purple hyacinth bean, Lablab purpurea. Purple flowers are held above foliage. An warm season annual vine that grows easily from seeds plants directly in the ground or started in small pots, purple hyacinth …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/06/purple-hyacinth-bean-whats-old-is-new/

Soil: What’s Alive Beneath Our Feet?

You’re digging up a ridiculously stubborn patch of Florida betony when an earthworm crawls across your path. As you break apart the soil in your hands a world of active organisms is being sifted through your fingers. Fertile soil is teeming with beneficial microbes. It is estimated that there can be billions of microbes in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/01/22/soil-whats-alive-beneath-our-feet/

What’s Eating My Lawn?

What’s eating my lawn? Does your grass look ragged in areas, as if someone randomly used a weed-eater here and there? Are you noticing brown patches that have a closely clipped appearance compared to other areas of your lawn? Your turf may be playing host to Tropical Sod Webworm. Sod webworm damage in a home lawn. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/09/09/whats-eating-my-lawn/

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