Tag Archive: Grow

Struggling to Grow Fruit Trees? Try These Lesser Known Florida-Friendly Edible Options!

Northwest Floridians are lucky.  We get to bask in the warm sunshine at least eight months of the year, consider it cold weather when we have to break out the fleece pullover and none of us live more than a few hours’ drive to the whitest sand you ever saw.  However, those conditions have consequences.  …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/25/struggling-to-grow-fruit-trees-try-these-lesser-known-florida-friendly-edible-options/

Using LEGOs to Grow Literacy Skills in 4-H Clubs

4-H Leader and Librarian, Renae Roundtree, found a way to teach not only STEM, but help youth develop a life-long passion for reading. Books, DVD’s, audio books, magazines and…LEGO’s?  Yes, all of these can be found at the Washington County Public Library along with enthusiastic 4-H Club Leader, Renae Rountree.  Renae, Director of the WCPL, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/02/15/using-legos-to-grow-literacy-skills-in-4-h-clubs/

Grow Shiitake Mushrooms in Your Backyard

Shiitake mushrooms growing from an oak log. Photo by Stephen Hight, USDA Growing up, I was never too fond of mushrooms. To me, their only purpose was to ruin a perfectly good pizza. As I got older, I started to warm up slightly toward raw button mushrooms in salads – with enough dressing, that is. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/11/29/grow-shiitake-mushrooms-in-your-backyard/

Judging Teams Grow Workforce Skills

Youth competing at the North Florida Fair Horticulture Judging Contest. Photo credit: UF IFAS Leon County 4-H For parents who want their child to be prepared for the 21st century workforce, participating in a 4-H judging team may be the answer.  Several universities have recently published studies on the impacts 4-H judging teams have had …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/09/16/judging-teams-grow-workforce-skills/

Grow Confidence with Blue Ribbon 4-H Public Presentations

4-H has helped this Washington County youth develop confidence to speak in front of groups.  Photo credit: Julie Dillard, UF IFAS A 2001 Gallup poll found that 40% of Americans suffer from glossophobia, or fear of public speaking.  This statistic inspired the famous joke by stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld that a most funerals, “the average person would …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/03/25/grow-confidence-with-blue-ribbon-4-h-public-presentations/

Flies That Help Our Garden Grow

Hover Fly. Image Credit EDIS, Roy Frye When someone mentions flies, we think of buzzing around our heads, maggots in decomposing materials, and unclean conditions. It is time to change those thoughts, at least in the garden. There are several flies commonly found in landscapes that provide a valuable service in pest management. The long-legged …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/14/flies-that-help-our-garden-grow/

What Crops to Grow in 2014?

Provided by Dr. Nathan Smith, UGA Extension Economist Rome Ethredge, UGA Seminole County Extension Coordinator Seminole Crop E News What are our planting options for 2014?  Dr. Nathan Smith, UGA Extension Ag Economist, developed crop economic return estimates for 2014.  These estimates are helpful in making those tough planting decisions for next year.  The chart above …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/12/14/what-crops-to-grow-in-2014/

Starting a Fruit Orchard or an Edible Landscape? What Should I Grow? Fall is the Time to Decide !

The avid gardener has heard on many occasions that fall is the best time of the year to plant trees and shrubs. Correct! Now is the time to start a fruit orchard or an edible landscape.  As the seasons transition into much cooler weather, now is the ideal planting season for hardy trees, shrubs and ground covers (Trawick, 2013).  In …

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Grow a Grass Handprint

Photo Credit: http://montessorimeetmot.blogspot.com/2012/04/neatfun-ideas.html It’s summer time finally, and our kids are glad to be out of school, but it won’t be long before they are bored and itching for some fun.  I’ve put together a boredom buster that you can use at home, in 4-H club meetings, 4-H school enrichment programs, or in 4-H day …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/06/21/grow-a-grass-handprint/

Grow A Salad This Winter; Lettuce Easy To Grow, Delicious

Cool days and chilly nights are just the kind of weather lettuce enjoys. Lettuce is a vegetable that is extremely easy to grow, delicious and so attractive that any gardener – whether you have a vegetable garden, flower garden or even a garden in containers on a balcony – should include it in the garden. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/01/24/grow-a-salad-this-winter-lettuce-easy-to-grow-delicious/

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