Stormwater ponds need to care too!

Stormwater ponds are commonly seen throughout the state of Florida. Typically, each is built with the intention to prevent flooding by giving rainwater an area of low elevation to run to and filter stormwater prior to it entering larger watersheds sheds. Stormwater basins are great at diverting and catching rain to prevent flooding. However, more…

Holiday tree alternatives

Planning to decorate with a holiday tree in your home this year? Why not think outside the box? In Florida, there is no reason to limit your search to pines and cedars. Other evergreen species abound, and some of them make their own, edible ornaments. Visit a nearby nursery and give your imagination free rein…

Watersheds Celebrated in Farm City Week Speech Contest

Manatee County students in grades six through 12 were eligible to compete in the annual Farm City Week Manatee River Soil and Water Conservation District (MRSWCD) speech contest on November 7th. Designed to develop leadership through participation in public speaking activities and to stimulate interest in conserving our natural resources, the topic selected by the National…

Weekly “What is it?”: Poinsettia

      Poinsettias ready for shipping in a Santa Rosa County nursery. Photo credit: Carrie Stevenson, UF IFAS Extension They are simple and beautiful symbols of Christmastime—these plants with deep red leaves, contrasting with the green ones below–the colors of Christmas on full display. Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrina) are native to mountainous regions of Mexico, and there are…

Find Your Frugal: Keeping Produce Fresh

About this series The rise of inflation continues to raise cost concerns, one of them being the price of food. The ripple effect of the yearslong COVID pandemic continues to rattle worldwide economies. Tie Liu, a UF/IFAS assistant professor in the department of horticultural sciences, shares tips to keeping produce fresh and minimizing food waste. With…

Sherman Fox Squirrel

I have truly been rewarded for sitting at my home desk this Sunday afternoon working on the end of year report for 4th day consecutively. The view from my desk faces north, is a heavily wooded area, across from my front yard. A fast movement caught my eye, to my surprise it’s a large beautiful…

Healthy Meals at Home

 How do you approach meal planning? Maybe you plan your menus weeks at a time while others may go for the day-by-day or meal-by-meal approach. Meal planning is essential when it comes to making sure you and your family are getting the nutrients you need to maintain or improve your health while staying within your…

Nature’s Best Hope

Nature’s Best Hope, A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard As the year draws to a close, and we start thinking about the holidays and gift giving, consider this book, by Douglas W. Tallamy.  If you are a nature lover, environmentalist, scientist, or simply love to garden, then this book is a must…
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