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Native Shrub Option for Sandy Soils

We often talk about sandy, nutrient poor soil in Florida and how difficult it is for growing many favorite landscape plants. Gardeners may spend considerable time and money amending soils with organic matter to improve quality. The low maintenance approach is to embrace your sandy soil and consider plants that thrive in sandy, well-drained soil. …

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UF/IFAS Researchers Studying Corn Root Development in Florida’s Sandy Soils

Figure 1. Before mini-rhizotron tube was inserted, a GiddingsTM soil drilling rig creates a hole for the tube. Chaein Na and Diane Rowland, UF/IFAS Agronomy Department University of Florida researchers conducted an extensive field trial recently to investigate the hidden half of the corn plant, namely the roots. An extensive root system is beneficial for …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/01/09/ufifas-researchers-studying-corn-root-development-in-floridas-sandy-soils/

2015: International Year of Soils

Dirt, earth, humus, terra firma, soil—no matter what you call it, the ground below us is one of the most important substances on, well, Earth. As children, most of us stomped in mud puddles, dug holes, and played in sand boxes—the tactile experience of moving dirt around seems to appeal to humans innately. Just last …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/10/28/2015-international-year-of-soils/

Native Grass for Moist Soils

Native plants can more readily be found in local nurseries to enhance landscape plantings. Not all natives are suited to every habit so it is still important to match the plant’s requirements with a suitable area in the landscape. One low maintenance native that is more suited to a specific area is the landscape is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/07/21/native-grass-for-moist-soils/

Living Soils Foster Healthy Farms

Promote healthy soils to secure the health of the many fruits and vegetables your farm grows. For small-scale farmers relying on cover crops and compost to fulfill their garden’s nutritional needs, it is important to remember healthy soil requires “life.”  What is it that separates soil that can support fruit and vegetable production from soil …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/02/14/living-soils-foster-healthy-farms/