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The Neighborhood Gardener – October

We look forward to seeing everyone at the Master Gardener Continued Training Conference. Subscribe to the e-Newsletter using the link below so that we can keep you up-to-date on state happenings. Happy gardening!

--Tom Wichman, State Master Gardener Coordinator and Esen Momol, State FYN Coordinator

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State News

FYN Topics at Master Gardener Conference

This year's state Master Gardener Continued Training Conference will feature several FYN topics, such as aquascaping, water efficient irrigation and retrofits, butterfly gardening, and more. More...

Florida-Friendly Article of the Month

Planning Your Landscape to Conserve Water

Use the "right plant, right place" principle in planning your landscape. Select plants whose needs match the conditions of your yard and save not only water, but money and effort. More...

Highlighted Resource

Trees and Hurricanes Web Site

Trees can suffer—and cause—significant damage during a storm. Using UF/IFAS research, this Web site gives communities and homeowners pruning methods and preparation strategies to help with a tree's wind resistance during hurricanes. More...

Friend or Foe

Foe: Aphids

Aphids are tiny, soft-bodied bugs that feed by sucking the juices of plants. They can transmit plant diseases and the liquid they leave behind, called honeydew, contributes to sooty mold on leaves. More...

Plant of the Month


Hardy, pest-resistant, and irresistible to butterflies and hummingbirds, firespike offers plenty of autumn color for the Florida landscape. More...


Q: What vegetables can I grow in the fall?

A: Fall is an excellent time to start a vegetable garden. Cool-season vegetables to plant in October include broccoli, lettuce, carrots, Brussels sprouts, and radishes. More...

This Month in Your Garden

A wide range of herbs can be planted as seeds or transplants this month. Try dill, fennel, oregano, parsley, cilantro, and sage.

Caladiums will start to decline in October. In Florida, you can let your caladium bulbs winter over in the ground.

For more month-by-month gardening tips, check out the Florida Gardening Calendar. Three different editions of the calendar provide specific tips for each of Florida's gardening regions—North, Central, and South. More...

Success Stories

Rain Barrels

By Kurt Rowe, Manatee County FYN Agent, Pam Brown, Pinellas County Horticulture Agent, & Marina D'Abreau, Hillsborough County Urban Horticulture Agent

In spring 2008, the South Central District FYN faculty contacted 3,961 past rain barrel program participants and encouraged them to take a Web survey about their rain collection and use patterns. They found that the total amount of water collected and used by 606 survey respondents was 325,936 gallons per year! More...

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Meet & Greet

  • Amber Madison, Master Gardener Office Assistant

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