Spring is here and Central Florida gardeners are already planting, weeding and pruning. It's a good time to plant your warm season vegetables and herbs. A visit to Leu Gardens in Orlando is particularly inspiring for those planning and prepping dooryard edible gardens. The winter crops are still going strong, herbs are robust and full, and lettuces are growing nicely in containers. They have started to plant warm season edibles as well. Check our Vegetable Gardening Guide for planting times, Herbs in the Florida Garden for tips on growing herbs, and use the Landscape Design with Edibles guide to learn how to plant edibles right in your ornamental landscape beds.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
The Ridge Beekeepers Association and UF/IFAS Extension Polk County are offering a Honey Bee Seminar on Saturday, April 30, from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm at the UF/IFAS Extension Service office in Bartow. Come and learn how to start a hive, how to maintain a hive and what make good nectar sources for your bees.
Monday, March 7, 2016
Shady areas of the garden tend to be dark and lack color. Lighten up those dark corners of the yard by using plants with white or light yellow leaves. These plants are easy-to-grow plants for Central Florida yards.
Variegated Asiatic Jasmine
Variegated Shell Ginger
Silver Saw Palmetto
Variegated Flax Lily
Variegated Bromeliads, Caladiums and Silver Saw Palmetto
Friday, March 4, 2016
If you are attending the Lake Morton Home and Garden Tour tomorrow, March 5, in Lakeland (buy tickets and get information here) make sure to visit the Florida-Friendly Landscape that is featured on the tour. The garden features all of the nine principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping and so much more! The homeowners have taken the time to create fun vignettes around each corner, accented the garden with yard art and added pops of color with containers overflowing with annual flowers. You will find so many fun ideas in this garden and learn all about how you can incorporate Florida-Friendly Landscaping into your own yard. If you visit the garden on the tour, let us know what you thought and what ideas you took home to your own yard.
Florida-Friendly Landscape recognition sign
A fun idea: Wrap PVC pipe in rope for an attractive hose spigot
This informative video from Seminole County shows how to care for a pond or lakefront. Enjoy!