Monthly Archive: February 2017

Keys to Growing Tomatoes in Florida

Florida farmers produce more fresh tomatoes than any other state. Yet Florida home gardeners find it difficult to grow tomatoes. By changing a few basic practices, home gardeners can increase their chances of success. My philosophy of growing tomatoes in Florida (mixed with science) is outlined below. First, I choose mostly determinate varieties that have …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/02/25/keys-to-growing-tomatoes-in-florida/

Florida Saves Week 2017, February 27 – March 4, 2017

Nationally, America Saves Week is an annual opportunity to promote good personal savings behavior! More locally, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is collaborating with America Saves in a campaign to help Floridians build wealth, not debt! The Florida Saves, (floridasaves.org) statewide initiative has been officially endorsed by Jeff Atwater …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/02/24/florida-saves-week-2017-february-27-march-4-2017/

Observing Springtime Cycles in a Warming World

Azaleas have been in full bloom this year since mid-February. Photo credit: Carrie Stevenson It’s mid-February, and regardless of the groundhog’s prediction, spring seems to have arrived in northwest Florida. In my neighborhood, all the azaleas have bloomed. While beautiful, it’s something that usually doesn’t happen around here until well into March! According to NOAA …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/02/24/observing-springtime-cycles-in-a-warming-world/

Why A One Size Fits All Approach to Lawn Care is a Bad Idea

Regardless of what the tag says one size does not fit all. As with clothing, a piece will undoubtedly be too large for some and too small for others. Trying to go with a “one size fits all” approach to lawn care will lead to the same kind of frustration and disappointment as an ill-fitting garment. All …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/02/23/why-a-one-size-fits-all-approach-to-lawn-care-is-a-bad-idea/

Put Your Best Fork Forward

National Nutrition Month®  is a month-long nutrition education and information campaign that is put on by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year’s theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” The idea behind the theme is that every bite counts and that taking small steps to change our eating habits can result in positive, …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/02/21/put-your-best-fork-forward/

Dooryard Citrus Care for February

Dooryard citrus enthusiasts may be uncertain about late winter management of Satsuma and other citrus trees.  Several questions that have come in to the Extension Office recently include: Should I prune my trees? Why are the leaves yellow? How soon should I fertilize?  The focus of this article is to provide some answers to these common …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/02/15/dooryard-citrus-care-for-february/

Beautiful Daffodils in Bloom

Daffodil bulbs under trees. Image credit Matthew Orwat Daffodils are blooming in the UF/IFAS Leon County Extension Demonstration Garden. Daffodils, including paperwhites and narcissus, are in the Amaryllis family and have been cultivated for centuries. The Greeks and Romans admired the beautiful flowers and the plant’s scientific name, Narcissus, is shared with the Greek mythological …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/02/15/beautiful-daffodils-in-bloom/

February is National Snack Food Month

February has been designated National Snack Month by the Snack Food Association of America, and the National Potato Promotion Board. As Americans, the one thing that we can all agree on is our love of snacks. Snack sales in the United States top $ 60 Billion annually. The snack foods that we tend to reach …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/02/14/february-is-national-snack-food-month/

Lack of Winter Chill a Problem for Fruit

Arapaho blackberry has chill requirements that match those received in our area. Photo by Beth Bolles, UF IFAS Extension Many of us are enjoying warmer temperatures this winter, but many deciduous fruit crops really need cold temperatures in order to break dormancy for the year.  In areas that experience cold temperatures, plants have evolved the …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/02/14/lack-of-winter-chill-a-problem-for-fruit/

Don’t ‘Waist’ Your Heart Away

Knowing your waist circumference is a simple way to determine if you are at risk for heart disease. A waist circumference larger than 40 inches for men or 35 inches for women deems a person overweight per National Institute of Health (NIH) guidelines. It is commonly known that being overweight is associated with a barrage …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/02/14/dont-waist-your-heart-away/

Older posts «