Monthly Archive: November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from the Gardening in the Panhandle Newsletter Team

FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE “HERBS FOR FALL” ON GARDENING IN A MINUTE Author: Matthew Orwat – mjorwat@ufl.edu Matthew J. Orwat started his career with UF / IFAS in 2011 and is the Horticulture Extension Agent for Washington County Florida. His goal is to provide educational programming to meet the diverse needs of and provide solutions …

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Three Simple Ideas for Teaching Your Child Gratitude

Gratitude is a tricky concept to teach children. It is essential for our happiness, but easily overlooked in the hustle and bustle of our busy everyday lives. With Thanksgiving approaching, it is a great opportunity to do an activity with your kids to help reinforce the concept of gratitude. Here are three simple ideas that …

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Gardens of the Big Bend: A New Botanical and Teaching Garden in North Florida

View of the Discovery Garden in Gardens of the Big Bend. Weeping false butterflybush, Rostrinucula dependens, is a new and unusual perennial being evaluated in Gardens of the Big Bend. Gardens of the Big Bend is a new botanical and teaching garden located on the grounds of the University of Florida/IFAS North Florida Research and …

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Make your Christmas Tree Truly Evergreen!

The Savannah holly has beautiful leaves and berries throughout the winter. Photo credit: Carrie Stevenson As the holiday season comes upon us, many folks will be spending their weekends scouring tree farms and mall parking lots for the perfect Christmas tree. There are many very realistic-looking options for artificial trees these days, and they are …

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Planting Trees Correctly

Photo Credit: Blake Thaxton Often in Extension we are asked to look at unhealthy plants in the landscape.  We see every problem under the sun.  Whether it is diseases, insects, or cultural problems we run into them all.  One problem that seems to be a trend, when clients show us a declining tree, is signs …

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Healthy Holiday Eating for Diabetics

Eat, drink, be happy and be healthy this holiday season. My favorite holidays are just around the corner. It is an exciting time to be with family and friends. There is usually lots of food that may come with lots of calories and carbohydrates. Are you wondering how to survive this holiday season without adding …

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Do You Know Your Numbers?

When you go to the doctor for a physical your health care provider probably routinely records four important numbers as a base line indicator of your health. Your vital signs consist of your blood pressure, breaths per minute, pulse and temperature. There are important numbers when it comes to your financial health as well: your …

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Managing Winter Pastures

Rye pasture in Santa Rosa County is not ready for grazing yet. Small grains need to at least 8-12 inches tall before grazing, and ryegrass at least 6-12 inches. Photo credit John Atkins Winter feeding of the cow herd accounts for 40 to 50% of the total variable cost for producing weaned calves. Because winter …

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Clean Out Your Fridge for the Holidays

Do you have food containers growing green fuzzies in the back of your refrigerator? It’s easy for leftovers and other food items to overstay their welcome in the fridge, creating a food safety hazard as well as unnecessary clutter. With Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season just around the corner, now is the …

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Liquid Feeds for Winter Cattle Supplementation

The frosty cold mornings of the past few days help remind us about the importance of supplementing our cattle with high-energy winter feeds. Photo by Ralph Yoder Nicolas DiLorenzo, State Beef Specialist, University of Florida NFREC There’s nothing like the cold mornings of the past two days to remind us about the importance of supplementing …

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