UF Ext. Service for Okaloosa County

Treating Cold-Damaged Plants

January 5, 2018 January and February are the coldest months in Florida, and plants can be damaged by low temperatures. But with your help, cold-damaged plants can often recover. Water After a freeze, check the soil around your plants. Plants may not be getting the water they need if the soil has dried out or if the water in the ...

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Upcoming Gardening Course & Response to Cold-injured Plants

January 5, 2018 The Okaloosa County Master Gardeners and the University of Florida Extension Office in Okaloosa County will offer an eight week winter “Gardening in the Florida Panhandle” course in Fort Walton Beach. Whether you’re interested in vegetable gardening, landscaping or lawns or simply learning how to enjoy your yard more by working less, these classes offer something for ...

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Winter Shrubs

January 4, 2018 The Thanksgiving turkey is but a distant memory, the stores are stocking for the spring, and Christmas decorations are coming down. The advent of the new year, finally brings the inevitability of cold and frosty weather. While nothing complements a nice eggnog or hot chocolate like a chill in the air, some northwest Florida landscape plants do ...

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When Should I Prune My Fruit Trees?

January 4, 2017 Every winter season in the Florida Panhandle is different. It can be wet or dry, frigid cold or unseasonably warm. We may have early frosts and early springs, or cold snaps in late march after fruit trees flower. While we cannot determine the exact time to prune the dooryard fruit trees in our rather variable region, here ...

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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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