Time to Apply for 2018 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Course

The University of Florida Extension Office in Okaloosa County is taking applications for the 2018 Master Gardener volunteer training course. The Master Gardener Program in Florida is a joint endeavor of University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension and gardening volunteers in participating counties.   This program is designed to recruit and …

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October Gardening & Master Gardener Fall Plant Sale

October brings welcomed relief from summer’s heat. And it’s a great time to plant a wide range of plants. Fall is the best time for planting shrubs. Fall planted shrubs have all winter to grow roots and so will be better established when spring and summer heat arrive. Newly planted shrubs will need regular watering. …

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Learn about Attractive Carnivorous Plants this Wednesday (Sept. 20th)

Most people find carnivorous plants interesting. One definition for carnivorous plants states that they derive some or most of their nutrients from trapping and consuming animals or protozoans, typically insects and other arthropods. These plants have a unique strategy for finding nutrients in poor soil: they catch insects and digest insects; and kids and adults …

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Preparing your landscape for storms

Preventive maintenance is key to preparing for storms. Even our thunderstorms can produce thirty, forty or fifty-plus mile per hour winds. But we are also now concerned with the possibility of a major hurricane making landfall somewhere in the Southeast. So it is time to prepare our landscapes. Falling trees and flying landscape debris during …

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Fall: Florida’s Best Gardening Season seminar & Sept. Plant Clinic

Fall should be our busiest gardening season in North Florida. Many plants only do well when planted during the cooler weather of fall. Fall-planted trees and shrubs have a higher survival rate as compared to those planted in spring. Many nurseries have a better selection of trees during the cooler months. And, nurseries and garden …

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Lunch & Learn Vegetable Gardening Class this Thursday, August 17

Larry Williams, UF/IFAS Extension Horticulture Agent in Okaloosa County, will provide a Lunch and Learn Vegetable Gardening class emphasizing what we can grow in North Florida during fall and winter as well as how to incorporate organic gardening techniques that work in Florida’s climate. This class will be held Thursday, August 17 from 12 noon …

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August Landscape & Garden Events Offered by UF/IFAS Extension

Whether you’re interested in vegetable gardening, beneficial insects or having a plant problem diagnosed, there are a number of gardening events happing this month through the UF/IFAS Extension Office in Okaloosa County. Lunch & Learn Vegetable Gardening Classes I’ll provide two Lunch and Learn Vegetable Gardening classes for the Okaloosa County Employees emphasizing what we …

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Plant Propagation Lecture & Mini Plant Sale

Many of our favorite woody shrubs and herbaceous plants can be started from cuttings. Here is an easy method that can be used to root dozens of plants at home. You’ll need the following supplies: Sharp hand pruners. Clean plastic nursery pots (1, 2 or 3 gallon size) with drain holes. Well-drained sterile media such …

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July Plant Clinic in Fort Walton Beach

The July Plant Clinic will be held Friday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Fort Walton Beach at the Okaloosa County Extension building, 127 W. Hollywood Blvd. The Plant Clinic provides a place and time for people to bring in samples of plants for diagnosis including weeds for identification. Bring a fresh …

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Do Homework Before Planting Fruit Trees & Attend Growing Fruit Seminar

Not every fruit tree will grow and reliably produce fruit in North Florida. Temperature is the most important factor determining where certain fruits can be grown. It’s the reason why apples and blueberries do not do well in South Florida. It’s also the reason why people living in the northern part of the state find …

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