Tag Archive: Summer

Watermelon – A Taste of Summer

Rarely do I hear the phrase “school’s out” and not think of my own summers of fun and, of course, Alice Cooper’s 1972 major hit single “School’s Out for Summer” – does that age me? In fact, “word” has it that Alice Cooper said he was inspired to write the song when answering the question, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/06/27/watermelon-a-taste-of-summer/

Summer Break Spot

Summer Break Spot With school out for the summer, many children may miss out on a meal they normally would receive through USDA’s school meals programs. Florida’s at-risk children now can have meals all summer long. The Summer Break Spot Program, also known as the Summer Food Service Program, is federally funded under the U.S. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/06/26/summer-break-spot/

Summer Lawn Review

  Image Credit: UF / IFAS Time is flying! June has reached its halfway point and lawns are having to be maintained often. Let us take a few minutes to review some things that need to be considered when properly maintaining the lawn. 1. Mowing Height – Get out a tape measure and make sure you …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/06/16/summer-lawn-review/

Preparing for Summer Camp

Photo credit UF IFAS Washington County School is out and the summer is quickly approaching. As a kid, this was my favorite time of the year because in a few weeks I would be off to summer camp. I was always excited about summer camp because it was a time to make new friends while …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/06/12/preparing-for-summer-camp/

4-H Summer in the Panhandle: Learning and Fun!

Youth learn how to grow and prepare vegetables during a gardening day camp in Escambia County. Each summer, 4-H programs across the Florida panhandle offer a wide array of residential and day camps for youth ages 5-18. Summer residential and day camps are a great way for youth to be introduced to all that 4-H …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/06/05/4-h-summer-in-the-panhandle-learning-and-fun/

Super Summer Snacking

  Super Summer Snacking Can you believe that the kids are almost out of school for the summer? With kids in the house all summer, get ready for those constant snack attacks, followed by “mom (or dad)…there’s nothing good to eat.” Just because its summer break doesn’t mean we should take a vacation from healthy …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/28/super-summer-snacking/

Succulents Thrive in Summer Heat

Summer is here, along with its heat, humidity, drought and stress! One easy way to garden during summer is to use succulents and other drought adapted plants. The sea urchin cactus (Echinopsis spp.) produces large, stunning flowers. Succulents are heat-adapted, water-efficient plants often associated with deserts and dunes. Usually succulents have thick leaves or stems …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/27/succulents-thrive-in-summer-heat/

Try Dwarf Lantana for a Summer and Fall Blooming Perennial

  Dwarf lantana cultivar ‘Anne Marie’ – Image UF IFAS Extension, Matthew Orwat With the heat of summer already here, we all know that our pansies, petunias and snapdragons are on their way out. This leaves us wondering what we could plant that will give us color throughout summer and fall to the first frost. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/19/try-dwarf-lantana-for-a-summer-and-fall-blooming-perennial/

Insect Problems in the Heat of Summer

Florida soft scale. Photo credit: UF/IFAS. Scale insects are one of the most serious problems homeowners face on ornamentals this time of year.  The most common are armored scale, soft scale, and mealybugs.   They cause damage by sucking plant fluids from the leaves, stems, and sometimes roots.  Some species feed on the underside of the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/13/insect-problems-in-the-heat-of-summer/

Summer Annual Forage Update

Tifleaf 3 millet planted August 20  and photographed October. 3, 2014 at the NFREC Beef and Forage Field Day. Photo Credit: Doug Mayo Ann Blount, Forage Breeder, NFREC-Marianna After a very cold and wet winter across much of the south, many of us are still reeling from low hay inventories and delayed winter forage growth. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/08/summer-annual-forage-update/

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