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Growing Shiitake Mushrooms on Logs

A shiitake mushroom growing on a log. Credit: Clay Olson, UF/IFAS Extension – Taylor County Mushrooms are an excellent low calorie food with a high fullness factor (they fill you up).  But the “common” or “button” mushroom lacks natural flavor.  On the other hand, shiitake mushrooms have all the benefits of button mushrooms, but offer …

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Native Yuccas: Low Maintenance, Slow Growing and Attractive Blooms

Native yuccas fit easily into the landscape without breaking the bank or the back of the gardener. Being sharp is usually considered a complement. It implies the recipient of this assessment has the intellectual ability and the mental acuity to handle with ease the rigors of contemporary life. In north Florida’s native plant world the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/07/15/native-yuccas-low-maintenance-slow-growing-and-attractive-blooms/

Growing Entrepreneurs through 4-H Gardens

Photo credit: Zulema Wibmer, 4-H Program Assistant, Leon County 4-H Office Garden-based education is taking America by storm. While this is concept dates as far back as the seventeenth century, it certainly feels like the popular movement of the day. 4-H has been using garden based education since 1902 with tomato and corn clubs to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/29/growing-entrepreneurs-through-4-h-gardens/

Growing Gardens with 4-H Clubs and Schools

Outgrown clogs can make an excellent container garden. Research shows that gardening in school and clubs positively influences youth environmental attitudes, nutritional attitudes, self-esteem, test scores, school attitudes, interpersonal skills, social concerns and behavior. For example, students in third and fifth-grade who learn science through gardening scored higher than students who did not learn science …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/01/growing-gardens-with-4-h-clubs-and-schools/

Doveweed: a Growing Problem in Warm-season Turfgrasses

Figure 1. Doveweed patch in St. Augustinegrass sod. Ramon Leon, WFREC Weed Specialist Doveweed (Murdannia nudiflora) is a summer annual weed species that belongs to the dayflower family. Over the last three years, this weed has become an important weed problem in residential lawns and sod production. This weed has two key characteristics that make …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/04/11/doveweed-a-growing-problem-in-warm-season-turfgrasses/

Agritourism: a Growing Industry in the Panhandle

Agritourism – Holmes County Corn Maze – Photo Courtesy of Ryan Hammack Agritourism is an industry that provides alternative income opportunities for Panhandle agricultural producers, while providing recreational opportunities for tourists, schools, churches, and other organizations.  Agritourism activities also promote agriculture, and the vital role that agriculture plays in our daily lives, and the Florida …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/18/agritourism-a-growing-industry-in-the-panhandle/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/09/02/growing-a-fall-garden-in-escambia-county/

Growing Blueberries in the Edible Landscape

Blueberry. Photo credit: Eric Zamora, UF IFAS. Blueberries are native to Eastern North America. They are one of the few crop plants that originated here. The rabbiteye blueberry occurs mostly in certain river valleys in Northern Florida and Southeastern Georgia. The high bush blueberry is native to the eastern third of the United States and Southeastern …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/06/10/growing-blueberries-in-the-edible-landscape/

Consider Growing Vegatables in a Container

Five Gallon Container PlantsCredit: Eddie Powell One Gallon Container PlantsCredit: Eddie GARDENING IN A BUCKET: Grow wholesome, healthy vegetables in a container with this plan. Materials 5 Gallon plastic buckets 40 pound sacks of Potting soil 40 pound sacks of compost garden trowels or shovels wheel barrow or other large mixing container controlled release fertilizer …

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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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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/04/21/growing-sweet-corn-in-the-backyard-garden/

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