Category Archives: Gardening

Gardening in the Panhandle ………

Correcting Crape Murder   by Daniel J. Leonard   Are you guilty of “Crape Murder”, the dreaded horticultural sin that involves lopping off your beautiful Crape Myrtles fence post high and creating gnarly looking knuckles?  No need to raise hands, you know who you are!  Despite the cruelness of this act, all is not lost; there… Read More »

Landscaping for birds ……..

A Bird’s-Eye View: How Birds Select Habitat1   Provided by UF/IFAS Mark E. Hostetler2 If you were to look at Florida from an airplane, you would see urban environments expanding into natural areas. Thousands of people are moving into Florida each year. To make room for people moving to Florida, vast areas of wildlife habitat… Read More »

Low tunnels can protect crops

Courtesy of UF/IFAS   If you grow a garden, you may be interested in protecting your crops from the weather. Even a light frost can damage crops, and the hottest weather in the summer can do the same. While we usually think of a greenhouse as protection from cold, a versatile structure can do more… Read More »

North Florida Gardening: January ………

  The Gardening Calendar gives Florida gardeners a monthly guide for what to plant and do in their gardens and includes links to useful gardening websites, all based on University of Florida research and expertise. According to this map Levy County is in the North Florida area.     Gardening: What to Plant in January… Read More »

Gardening in the Panhandle …….

  When should I prune my fruit trees?   Provided by UF/IFAS   Facebook   When Should I Prune My Fruit Trees? Every winter season in the Florida Panhandle is different. It can be wet or dry, frigid cold or unseasonably warm. We may have early frosts and early springs, or cold snaps in late… Read More »

Select the right tree for your site ……….

Information provided by UF/IFAS   Selecting the right tree for a particular place can avoid costly disappointments later. Trees adapted to the planting site are more likely to remain standing in hurricanes. Thorough site evaluation can ensure that the chosen tree will survive conditions inherent to the location.   Proper site evaluation, planning, and execution… Read More »

Vermicomposting – Serious Gardener’s Hobby …………

Vermicomposting is composting with worms. The worms eat organic materials ideally balanced with both carbon and nitrogen elements.  They produce castings – worm “poop.” The castings become the end product, vermicompost, a wonderful soil additive. Soil improvements Vermicompost is used by gardeners to improve soil structure, increase water-holding capacity and add nutrients and beneficial microbes… Read More »

Easily preventable tree-planting problems ………..

Beth Bolles – bbolles@ufl.edu Horticulture Agent, Escambia County   Trees are a landscape asset for many homeowners. When a new tree is installed in our landscapes, we can’t wait for it to mature to provide shade or landscape interest.  The heartbreak for many homeowners comes when this important part of their landscape, begins to decline five… Read More »

Gardener grows legacy of generosity with special donation

Provided by UF/IFAS GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Gardeners seek out the University of Florida IFAS Extension Master Gardener program to expand their love of gardening with a commitment to serve their community. But when the time spent fundraising for the program crowded out time spent in community garden projects, one volunteer looked at the root of… Read More »

Try Elephant Garlic ……..

 Provided by UF/IFAS Try Elephant GarlicWant to try something fun? Try Elephant garlic in your garden. This relative of our true garlic and leeks form large cloves that can be planted in the fall. Plant about 3 inches deep (top of clove just below the soil surface) in well-amended soil that also drains well. Space… Read More »