Gardening In The Panhandle

Insects Take a Break in Winter

A common question about insects when cold temperatures arrive is whether or not the cold will kill many pests. Although temperatures will occasionally drop below freezing in north Florida, it is normally not cold enough to significantly impact insect populations for the upcoming year. Typical white grub of the genus Phyllophaga. Photograph by John L. …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/28/insects-take-a-break-in-winter/

Paraná Pine, An Ancient-Looking Conifer for Modern Landscapes

Figure 1. Paraná pine has a narrow, pyramidal form when young.   Paraná Pine, Araucaria angustifolia: An ancient-looking conifer for modern landscapes Paraná pine is a primitive-looking conifer valued for its unusual horizontal branching, sharply pointed triangular needles and neat, symmetrical form. The primitive appearance of this evergreen tree results from its resemblance to and …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/28/parana-pine-an-ancient-looking-conifer-for-modern-landscapes/

Fruit Splitting in Dooryard Citrus

Split citrus fruit. Image credit UF / IFAS Citrus trees require a lot of care and attention to produce good quality fruit, yet even the most careful gardeners may run into the problem of split-fruit on their citrus trees.  Split-fruit is a condition which strikes citrus trees in September and October and can wipe out a …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/28/fruit-splitting-in-dooryard-citrus/

Strawberries for the Home Garden Tuesday October 28

Strawberries for the Home Garden Tuesday October 28, 2014 UF IFAS Extension Washington County Learn how to grow strawberries in the Florida fall home garden ! Where: Washington County Ag Center East Wing Conference Room 1424 Jackson Ave. Chipley, FL 32428 When: Tuesday October 28th , 2014 6:00pm-8:00pm Cost: $ 10.00. Refreshments Served Limit 30 participants …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/21/strawberries-for-the-home-garden-tuesday-october-28/

Beekeeping in the Panhandle 4th Annual Workshop & Tradeshow November 14th and 15th

  The Florida State Beekeepers, Central Panhandle, Chipola, and Tupelo Beekeepers Associations, in partnership with the Florida Department of Agriculture, and UF/IFAS Extension, are proud to offer the 4th annual Beekeepers Workshop & Trade-show November 14th & 15th! This event will provide hands-on educational opportunities including interaction with expert beekeepers, open hive demonstrations, and more!  …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/21/beekeeping-in-the-panhandle-4th-annual-workshop-tradeshow-november-14th-and-15th/

Pest Alert! Cross-Striped Cabbageworms

Cross-Striped Cabbageworm – Photo credits: Blake Thaxton Panhandle gardeners have their fall gardens planted and our growing rapidly.  What the gardeners may start noticing is shotgun damage to cabbage leaves in their garden.  The suspect for this damage is the Cross-Striped Cabbageworm. The Cross-Striped Cabbageworm have black and white markings on the back of the caterpillar …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/21/pest-alert-cross-striped-cabbageworms/

Florida Native Plants: Beautyberry

This autumn you may notice shrubs with long, arching branches sporting clusters of shiny purple berries. That beautiful sight is the Beautyberry, or Callicarpa americana. This native is found throughout Florida and the southern United States, west into Texas and north to Tennessee and Virginia. Beautyberry in the fall. Photo credit: Mary Derrick, UF IFAS Extension. In …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/21/florida-native-plants-beautyberry/

Armadillos: Midnight Lawn Marauders

Appearing clumsy and bumbling at first glance, these exotic invaders quickly damage landscapes in search of tasty insects. It can be pretty discouraging to step out one morning to find a lawn pock-marked like the lunar surface. Stunned surprise then anger is usually the owner’s response. The offender is not the neighborhood teenager with a …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/20/armadillos-midnight-lawn-marauders/

Flies That Help Our Garden Grow

Hover Fly. Image Credit EDIS, Roy Frye When someone mentions flies, we think of buzzing around our heads, maggots in decomposing materials, and unclean conditions. It is time to change those thoughts, at least in the garden. There are several flies commonly found in landscapes that provide a valuable service in pest management. The long-legged …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/14/flies-that-help-our-garden-grow/

Strawberries: Now is the Time

Sweet Charlie Strawberry. Credit: C.K. Chandler, UF IFAS Extension Now is the time for Northwest Florida gardeners to plant strawberries for bountiful production of fruit beginning in January and continuing into May. The following procedure will lead to a successful strawberry garden if followed: The best location for strawberry production provides well-drained, moist, sandy soil with substantial …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/14/strawberries-now-is-the-time/

Older posts «