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The Neighborhood Gardener – July

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Your Southern Garden

Check out "Your Southern Garden" with Walter Reeves.  It’s great for beginners and experienced gardeners and provides lots of helpful information for your yard.  You just might see your favorite Extension agent or specialist featured on the show. 


  • 12:30 pm on WUFT (Gainesville/Ocala)
  • 11:30 am on WUSF (Tampa)
  • Coming soon to a PBS station near you!

Five Invasive Plants to Know

Chinese tallowInvasive exotic plants hurt ecosystems by displacing native plants and animals. Many, such as Chinese tallow, have been introduced as landscape plants and have gotten out of control.  Get to know these five invasive plants and take action to control them.  More...

Plant of the Month: Bulbine

Yellow flower of bulbineThis South African native is a perfect perennial for Florida since it tolerates hot temperatures, dry and sandy soils, and blooms throughout the warm months. More...

July in Your Garden

Prepare for hurricane season by checking trees for damaged or weakened branches and prune if needed. An inexpensive rain shut off device can save money by overriding an irrigation system when it rains.    

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: Mole Crickets

mole cricketMole crickets are a serious problem for many Floridians. These insects can do major damage to any species of turfgrass, as well as to flowers and vegetables. So how can you get rid of them? New research suggests that biocontrol with Larra bicolor wasps may be more effective than pesticides.  More...

Success Story: Florida Keys Gardening Blog

Kim Gabel, Env. Hort. Agent, UF/IFAS Monroe County Extension

The Florida Keys Landscape Advisor blog is an educational resource for identifying common landscaping problems in the Florida Keys. The Advisor’s goal is to get UF/IFAS, Florida-Friendly gardening tips to the public to help reduce non-point source pollution and to preserve water resources and natural areas. More...

Florida Master Gardener Continued Training Conference

Join Master Gardener volunteers from all around the state to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Florida Master Gardener Program. The conference will feature a variety of speakers and topics about gardening and volunteerism. Make plans to be in Ocala November 2 to 4, 2009! More...

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Berries of the invasive Brazilian pepper plant

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