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Gardens of the Big Bend: A New Botanical and Teaching Garden in North Florida

View of the Discovery Garden in Gardens of the Big Bend. Weeping false butterflybush, Rostrinucula dependens, is a new and unusual perennial being evaluated in Gardens of the Big Bend. Gardens of the Big Bend is a new botanical and teaching garden located on the grounds of the University of Florida/IFAS North Florida Research and …

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Strawberries for the Home Garden Tuesday October 28

Strawberries for the Home Garden Tuesday October 28, 2014 UF IFAS Extension Washington County Learn how to grow strawberries in the Florida fall home garden ! Where: Washington County Ag Center East Wing Conference Room 1424 Jackson Ave. Chipley, FL 32428 When: Tuesday October 28th , 2014 6:00pm-8:00pm Cost: $ 10.00. Refreshments Served Limit 30 participants …

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Flies That Help Our Garden Grow

Hover Fly. Image Credit EDIS, Roy Frye When someone mentions flies, we think of buzzing around our heads, maggots in decomposing materials, and unclean conditions. It is time to change those thoughts, at least in the garden. There are several flies commonly found in landscapes that provide a valuable service in pest management. The long-legged …

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Preparing Your Vegetable Garden

Healthful outdoor exercise, a feeling of accomplishment, and potential saving on the family food bill are good reasons why more and more Floridians are turning to home vegetable gardening. Image Credit: FAMU Usually, the most physically challenging part of a vegetable gardening project is to get the soil ready for planting.  However, whatever you do, don’t give …

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Growing a Fall Garden in Escambia County

A bountiful harvest A hands-on workshop will be offered for novice gardeners to learn the basics of Fall and Winter vegetable gardening. The entire class will be outside utilizing raised beds and in ground planting areas. Participants will be learning about soil preparation, seeding and transplanting techniques, vegetable thinning, and general care until harvest. Class …

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Bring Life to Your Garden with Butterflies!

Attracting Butterflies into Your Landscape Have you been itching to add some life and color into your landscape? Why not plant a butterfly garden?! Butterfly gardens are a great way to add movement and life to an otherwise stagnant landscape. Most butterfly gardens are not only an attractant for our Florida butterflies, but are also …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/08/04/bring-life-to-your-garden-with-butterflies/

The Technology Garden

In this age of tablets, smart phones, and whatever they come up with next, even the gardener can benefit from new technology.  Although gardening and landscaping to beautify our surroundings is a way to connect with the past, there are many new tools that are ready to help!  Here are a few web sites and phone apps that may …

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Vegetable Garden Disease and Pest Controls

During this growing season monitor your plants and keep them healthy as a healthy plant will be able to better survive an invader attack. Nematode populations can be reduced temporarily by soil solarization. It is a technique that uses the sun’s heat to kill the soil-borne pests. Adding organic matter to the soil will help …

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Growing sweet corn in the backyard garden

Corn Field. Image Credit Matthew Orwat Sweet corn is a favorite among home gardeners. As long as the space is available, it’s not difficult to grow. Corn is a new world native crop, with archaeological evidence suggesting that it was first domesticated in Mexico. This crop was the basis of the Mayan, Incan and Aztec …

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Why Fertilize Your Vegetable Garden Soils?

Soil Sampling may save you time and money! As spring approaches, many Florida homeowners are gearing up to grow their own vegetables. The most frequently asked question this time of year is, “why do I need to fertilize my soil?” The answer is simple – – not all nutrients are present in the right amounts …

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