Gardening

Walk on the Wild Side IV

For our fourth section of wildflowers blooming in Hernando County, we take you to those wildflowers that thrive in sandy soils. Areas like the longleaf pine and sandhill habitats are perfect locales for these flowering plants. Just in time to show off their beautiful colors and provide an abundance of nectar for bees, butterflies and other pollinators. 

 

Tumbleweeds Garden Cultivates Fun and Skills

Nestled in a quiet spot off Neff Lake Road in Brooksville is The Arc Nature Coast’s Tumbleweeds Garden. It’s a labor of love for the volunteers, staff and the clients. Up to twelve clients work at a time on a rotating basis tending the garden, which produces an abundance of fruit and vegetables. The organization received funding for the garden through a grant from the Hernando County Health Department and the University of Florida IFAS Extension Service.

Preparing Your Lawn and Landscape for Fall

Lawns in Florida enter a period of dormancy during the winter months, regulated by the number of daylight hours and temperature.  As the days grow shorter and temperatures go down, turf requires less fertilizer. This really holds true for any plants in your yard - as growth slows the plant’s need for water and fertilizer decreases. Any fertilizer applied during this period of dormancy or reduced growth tends to either leach through our sandy soils or run off into nearby waterways. 

Kids: plant a garden for National Pollinator Week

Did you know having a garden is not only adding nature to your surroundings but can provide many insects and birds a substantial source of food?

June 17 through June 23 is National Pollinator Week, a great opportunity to learn about the many pollinating species and some fascinating facts.

So what is a pollinator?

A pollinator is simply an insect or other species that transfers pollen from one flowering plant to another.

Who are pollinators?

TIME FOR TOMATOES: Hybrid or Heirloom - What's the Difference?

Growing tomatoes in Florida can be a challenge if you do not have the right information.  Soil composition, pH, site location and timing are all essential elements. August and September are good months for starting fall tomato seed in central Florida.  However, choosing the right variety is very important. There are literally hundreds of tomato varieties available. So how do you know which one is the best for you?

Harvest in November

Camille Pisarro's "The Harvest"

November is a time when we think about harvesting. Some of us have been lucky enough to have planted a great fall garden, and we are harvesting some fresh veggies for our dinner plates. But there are other resources in our yard we often overlook. Here are some of the treasures we can collect from our own yard:

Harvest branches and leaves: What? Don’t you mean throw them away? Absolutely not! Leaves, twigs, and other yard debris make great compost and mulch material. Don’t send them to the landfill, use them!