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The Neighborhood Gardener – November

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New Research: Less Water Needed to Establish Shrubs

Good news for your utility bills and the environment: New University of Florida research shows that establishing healthy landscape shrubs isn't the water-consuming task you might think.

Five Fall Vegetables for the Home Garden

onionsFlorida is blessed with temperate autumns and winters, which make fall an ideal time to plant cool-season vegetables. Start preparing your garden today and you'll have fresh vegetables in no time. Check out some of our favorite fall selections. More

Success Story: Growing Hope in Small Places

Kate O'Neill, St. Lucie County Extension Program Specialist, and Master Gardeners Dale Galiano, Jeanne Reid, and Adina Lehrman recently planted a garden with about thirty residents of New Horizons, an adult mental health day-care facility in the Treasure Coast area. More

Plant of the Month: ZZ Plant

ZZ plants in containersWith glossy, tropical foliage, this tough and versatile plant was chosen as a "Florida Plant of the Year" for both 2002 and 2009. ZZ is an ideal houseplant for new gardeners because it will tolerate conditions that other plants will not. It can be easily propagated from cuttings, making it a great passalong plant. More

November in Your Garden

Create a display of fall colors with cool season plants. Some to try are calendula, pansies, and ornamental cabbage or kale. Dogwoods add fall color as well as spring blooms to the landscape. To achieve the best results with dogwoods, select varieties that are heat resistant and recommended for Florida.

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

Friend or Foe? Foe: Chinese Tallow

Chinese tallow growing in a crack in the sidewalkWith leaves that turn color in autumn, Chinese tallow was introduced for ornamental planting. Unfortunately the seeds, which are produced in fall/winter, are spread by birds and water into natural areas where the tree becomes invasive. Homeowners can help stop the spread of Chinese tallow trees by removing them from their property. More

Cycad Society Memberships

The Cycad Society is offering yearly membership at the reduced price of $25 until the end of 2009! Sign up today at

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