“Ground” Yourself By Planting Florida Native Plants

Most gardeners everywhere enjoy the rewarding experience of being “grounded”, so to speak, by planting and maintaining beautiful garden spaces.  And what better way to become grounded in our local environment than by including Florida’s native plants in our landscapes?  The benefits of native plants are tremendous! Beauty Our area continues to experience tremendous…

Delicious Tea

Tea has many benefits. Because there are so many types of tea, it is the second most popular drink after water. You can drink it cold or hot, and the health benefits will be the same. There is herbal tea, green tea, black tea, and many others. Let’s talk about the health benefits of tea.…

Motivation to Move More and Sit Less

No matter your age our lifestyles have become very sedentary. Yet getting enough physical activity is a critical factor in our health status. Adequate physical activity helps your body function properly, improves sleep habits, and can reduce the risk for many chronic diseases that limit your lifestyle and life expectancy. What limits us from moving…

January First Friday with Florida First Detector

Recap of January First Friday with Florida First Detector       Bagrada bug, Bagrada hilaris, Photo: Natasha Wright, Braman Termite & Pest Elimination In January, we talked all about stink bugs and other hemipteran insects. We focused on invasive insects in the subfamily Heteroptera. The subfamily Heteroptera includes not just stink bugs, but also lots of…

Family Day at the Dairy Farm is Back!

Family Day at the Dairy Farm is an open house held on February 11, 2023, from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the UF/IFAS Dairy Farm located in Alachua, Florida. The event has been moved to earlier in the year in hopes of avoiding bad weather. This event offers the community an opportunity to see a…

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Broward County Project Recognitions-La Finca

Article by UF/IFAS Extension Broward County Urban Horticulture Agent Lorna Bravo What motivates people to adopt and model sustainable landscape practices in their urban landscapes? Meet Broward County Master Gardener Volunteer Jeannie Schmidle. Jeannie graduated from the UF/IFAS Extension Broward County Master Gardener Volunteer program class of 2018. In 2022, the University of Florida UF/IFAS…

Florida Sea Grant and partners issue Winter 2023 Overview of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease

Scientists apply an antibiotic paste to stop the progression of SCTLD. Photo Credit: Brian Walker.Since 2014, Florida’s Coral Reef has been fighting an outbreak of a communicable, waterborne disease called stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD). Just released, the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease & Response on Florida’s Coral Reef: Winter 2023 Overview details the status of…

Video: Freeze Damage to Homeowner Citrus

Temperatures in December 2022 were very damaging to many citrus plants in North Florida. It is necessary to give plants plenty of time into spring and summer to see if they will regrow and where that growth will occur. Learn how to care for your citrus that is suffering from cold temperature damage with Beth…

Care of Freeze-Injured Citrus Trees

Recent widespread hard freezes more than likely resulted in damage to many of the citrus trees in Northwest Florida. Cold damage will become more evident as we move into the spring and summer of 2023.   It is best to take a “wait and see” approach and delay pruning and fertilization until new growth occurs…

Research Update: The Movement of Western Honey Bees (Apis mellifera L.) Among U.S. States and Territories: History, Benefits, Risks, and Mitigation Strategies

Members of the UF/IFAS Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory led a working group composed of academic and USDA personnel from multiple Universities and Federal agencies, to review the legislation regulating movement of western honey bees (queens, nucs, and packages) among U.S. states and territories. Below is a summary of the research as well as…
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