UF Ext. Service for Okaloosa County

Time to Apply for 2018 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Course

November 7, 2017 by Larry Williams The University of Florida Extension Office in Okaloosa County is taking applications for the 2018 Master Gardener volunteer training course. The Master Gardener Program in Florida is a joint endeavor of University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension and gardening volunteers in participating counties. This program is designed to recruit and train volunteers ...

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The Marshes, they are a-changin’

November 5, 2017 by Carrie Stevenson Discovering something new is possibly the most exciting thing a field biologist can do. As students, budding biologists imagine coming across something no one else has ever noticed before, maybe even getting the opportunity to name a new bird, fish, or plant after themselves. Well, here in Pensacola, we are discovering something that, while already ...

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Monarch Migrations Have Begun

November 5, 2017 Since we are approaching the peak dates in mid October Early November, it is time to get your gardens ready for migrating monarchs to fuel up on nectar sources. In their Mexican overwintering sites, these monarchs will have to survive on stored fat all winter. So they need to build up fat reserves by feeding on flowering ...

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Control Winter Annual Lawn Weeds in October

October 23, 2017 by Larry Williams During late February to mid-April, homeowners bring in bags of winter annual weeds from their lawns wanting advice on how to control them. They usually seem disappointed and confused when I tell them that it’s too late to bother with controlling winter annual weeds during late winter to early spring. Standing there holding a bag ...

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Beginning Beekeeping Course

October 11, 2017 by Jennifer Bearden Saturday, October 28, 2017 Classroom Lectures By: Greg Liljestrom 8am-4pm 3098 Airport Road, Crestview, FL Topics for this course: Understanding the Bees The Hive Establishing and Examining the Hives Hive Management Benefits from Healthy Hives Learning More Sunday, October 29, 2017 Optional Field Day 10am – 2pm Greg and Lynn’s Apiary 5471 Ponderosa Lane Crestview ...

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October Gardening & Master Gardener Fall Plant Sale

October 11, 2017 by Larry Williams October brings welcomed relief from summer’s heat. And it’s a great time to plant a wide range of plants. Fall is the best time for planting shrubs. Fall planted shrubs have all winter to grow roots and so will be better established when spring and summer heat arrive. Newly planted shrubs will need regular watering. ...

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Preparing your landscape for storms

September 5, 2017 by Larry Williams Preventive maintenance is key to preparing for storms. Even our thunderstorms can produce thirty, forty or fifty-plus mile per hour winds. But we are also now concerned with the possibility of a major hurricane making landfall somewhere in the Southeast. So it is time to prepare our landscapes. Falling trees and flying landscape debris during ...

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Fall: Florida’s Best Gardening Season seminar & Sept. Plant Clinic

September 2, 2017 by Larry Williams Fall should be our busiest gardening season in North Florida. Many plants only do well when planted during the cooler weather of fall. Fall-planted trees and shrubs have a higher survival rate as compared to those planted in spring. Many nurseries have a better selection of trees during the cooler months. And, nurseries and garden ...

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Certified Pile Burner Course – August 30 & September 13

The Florida Forest Service (FFS) and UF/IFAS Extension Service will be conducting a Certified Pile Burners Course on Wednesday, August 30 in Milton, and Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in Marianna and in Madison, FL.  (This course is also being offered in other areas of the state.  Check the website for the closest training to your location:  FFS Training Scheudule).  .  This training will be held ...

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August Landscape & Garden Event Offered by UF/IFAS Extension

August 8, 2017 Crestview, FL – Whether you’re interested in vegetable gardening, beneficial insects or having a plant problem diagnosed, there are a number of gardening events happening this month through the UF/IFAS Extension Office in Okaloosa County. Plant Clinic The August plant clinic will be held Friday, August 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in Fort Walton Beach at ...

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