Monthly Archive: November 2015

Yaupon Hollies Are a Great Fit and Tasty Too!

Yaupon hollies (Ilex vomitoria) are evergreen, provide great fall/winter color, and can adapt to numerous landscape situations.  They are also very durable and can survive extreme drought. Characteristics Yaupon hollies are dioecious, meaning male and female flowers are produced on separate plants and berries are only produced on female plants.  Flowers are creamy white, but …

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Camellias Beginning to Bloom

Camellia sasanqua ‘Kanjiro’ at the South Carolina Botanical Garden  Camellia sasanquas begin blooming this month.  Their three-inch diameter blossoms of pink, white, rose or red displayed over glossy, dark green foliage will come into their full glory in November.  This robust and stylish aristocrat of the garden is often passed by in favor of its …

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Friday Funny: A Terrible Condition

Two medical students and an agriculture student were out on the town one night.  As they were walking along the street they saw an old cowboy walking with his legs spread way apart. He was stiff-legged and walking very slowly. One of the medical students said to his friends: “I’m sure that poor old man …

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Preparing Your Honey Bees for Winter

As temperatures in North Florida grow colder, honey bees may need some special attention. Photo by Evan Anderson As temperatures in North Florida grow colder, honey bees will need some special attention. There are a number of management considerations local beekeepers need to be aware of. Weather and Temperature During the winter, honeybees are less …

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Totally Impermeable Film – A New Plastic Mulch Option for 2016 Fumigation

Figure 1. Field experiment showing a paladin chloropicrin mixture used in combination with totally impermeable film. In the foreground from the left: untreated VIF, Untreated TIF, Paladin:Pic 20 gallons per acre, Paladin:Pic 30 gallons per acre. Standard use rate for Paladin:Pic with VIF is 50-60 gallons per acre. Photo by Josh Freeman Plastic mulch technology …

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Radish: A Quick Producing Winter Vegetable

Radishes ready to harvest. Image Credit, UF / IFAS Gardening Solutions Floridians are lucky, in that they can grown many vegetables throughout the winter months. If a fast growing, quick producing vegetable is desired, nothing is faster than a radish. Radishes can develop from seed to mature root in 20-30 days, and can be planted …

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2015 Peanut Butter Challenge

Next time you are the grocery store, consider purchasing an extra jar or two of peanut butter and donating it to your local Extension office as part of the annual Peanut Butter Challenge.  The Challenge is a food collection drive of peanut butter from within each of the 16 UF/IFAS Extension Northwest District Counties.  UF/IFAS Extension …

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4-H Club Leader Grows Resilience and Empathy

For more than 33 years, Priscilla Weaver has been teaching youth about animal science through the 4-H club program. This time of the year you can find her at the North Florida Fairgrounds in the livestock buildings. As the North Florida Fair’s Livestock Director she’ll be busy putting on a great livestock show and competition …

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The 2015 Peanut Butter Challenge is in Full Swing

Next time you are the grocery store, consider purchasing an extra jar or two of peanut butter and donating it to your local Extension office as part of the annual Peanut Butter Challenge.  The Challenge is a food collection drive of peanut butter from within each of the 16 UF/IFAS Extension Northwest District Counties.  UF/IFAS Extension …

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How Can I Control Those Pesky Mosquitoes?

Are you plagued with mosquitoes in your yard? Does it seem like you have a greater infestation than your neighbors? There may be some solutions to solve the problem other than using pesticides that negatively impact beneficial insects in your landscape. Asian tiger mosquito. Photo credit: Susan Ellis, Bugwood.org. Mosquitoes are not only annoying, they …

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