Monthly Archive: July 2016

Water Wars… can we avoid it?

On a recent camping trip out west I was made aware of just how valuable water is. The American west has been battling water issues for a few years now.  Some camp showers had buttons that would provide you water for a couple of minutes, others charged $.50 for four minutes, some charged $1.00 for four …

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What Cause the Toxic Algal Bloom in South Florida and Could It Happen Here?

Most of us have heard about the toxic algal blooms plaguing south Florida waters. If not, check out http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/05/.  This bloom has caused several major fish kills, bad odors, and has kept tourist away from the area.  What happen? Could it happen in the panhandle?   First we have to understand what happened there. The …

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Managing Palms

 Some take-home info from the UF Escambia Extension program with Dr. Monica Elliott: 1. Palms should be planted with the root ball even with surrounding soil and supported with braces for the 1st year. 2. Keep all lawn fertilizers out of the root area of palms. 3. Palm fertilizer needs to have nutrients in slow …

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Supermarket Smarts

Do you consider buying groceries a real grind? A necessary evil?  Well, it may never turn into a fun adventure for you, but there are some things you can do to make it easier on you and your budget. Grocery shopping actually begins at home: Keep a pad handy in the kitchen for a list; …

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4th Annual Florida & Caribbean Bee College

Friday & Saturday August 12 -13, 2106 UF/IFAS Ft. Lauderdale Research & Education Center Davie, FL                      Check out these new workshops!      Honey bee pest & diseases / Queen rearing (with Dr. Larry Connor) To register for any of these events, go to: http://hbrel.eventbrite.com   2016_SFCBC_Flier  

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Master Gardener Program Open House

Escambia County Extension will offer informational sessions for community members who are interested in the 2016-17 Master Gardener Training classes.  The session will be held on Tuesday, August 16 at  9:00 a.m. and last about 30 minutes.  Horticulture Agent Beth Bolles and veteran Master Gardeners will talk about the training classes and Master Gardener projects.  Please let …

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Growing Healthy Palms Program

University of Florida palm and disease Extension specialist Dr. Monica Elliott will share information on palm installation and best management practices. Join us Wednesday, July 27, 10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. at the Escambia County Central Office Complex for the program. Call 475-5230 or email bbolles@ufl.edu to register for the free program.  

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