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Master Gardener Plant Sale Tomorrow!

Lantana

Lantana

Saturday, April 25th, from 9am-1pm, the Master Gardeners will be at Hudson Park selling plants and answering gardening questions. This week, we have been featuring some of the plants offered at the sale. Today’s final features are lantana and century plants!

Lantana thrives in our area with low moisture and full sun. It attracts hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. Swallowtail butterflies are especially drawn to lantana. Its brightly-colored blooms are a lovely addition to any sun-baked spot in the yard.

Century Plants

Century Plants

There are few plants as hardy as the century plant. They grow best in full sun, but can adapt to shade, and are salt-resistant. Despite what their name suggests, century plants live 10-30 years.

There will be many different kinds of plants, in addition to what we have featured, available at the plant sale. We hope to see you tomorrow!

Questions? Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (850) 926-3931.

Update 2: Master Gardener Plant Sale

Saturday, April 25th, from 9am-1pm, the Master Gardeners will be at Hudson Park selling plants and answering gardening questions. This week, we will be featuring some of the plants offered at the sale. Today’s featured plants are tomato plants and milkweed!

Milkweed is a fantastic choice for butterfly lovers.

Milkweed

Love butterflies? Then, look no further than the simple, easy-to-grow, milkweed! The entire life cycle of the monarch butterfly relies on the presence of this plant, as it is the only place they will lay eggs. Milkweed also attracts many other species of butterflies, bees and beetles.

Tomatoes are worth

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a fantastic choice for any gardener, but they are especially simple to grow here in Wakulla! There is nothing quite as gratifying as enjoying the fruits of your labor. Tomato plants will need a stake or ring/cage for support to keep them from leaning over and dropping their beautiful bounty on the ground.

We hope to see you this Saturday! Check back for additional information on the plants offered this weekend.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (850) 926-3931.

Grasshoppers are Emerging, Ready to Eat

Often overlooked because of their small size and ability to hide during early stage development, grasshoppers are already out and eating.

Often overlooked during early stage development, Eastern lubbers (known locally as Georgia Thumpers) are already out and eating.

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director

The ample amount of rainfall these last few weeks has local plants opening their leaves wide in anticipation of sunnier weather. Unfortunately, those leaves are an edible picnic blanket for insects.

Caterpillars, annoying as they may be for gardeners, at least metamorphosis into beautiful butterflies or moths, and take on the task of pollinating the county’s flowers. Grasshoppers, however, do nothing but EAT. Read the full article here!

Update: Master Gardener Plant Sale

Saturday, April 25th, from 9am-1pm, the Master Gardeners will be at Hudson Park selling plants and answering gardening questions. This week, we will be featuring some of the plants offered at the sale–starting today with amaryllis and soap aloe!

Amaryllis is a beautiful flowering bulb that is very easy to care for. Its flowers come in red, pink, orange, white and can be multicolored. This tough bulb can be planted any time of year. It even grows well in containers, providing the soil is well-drained. Amaryllis is sun- and shade-tolerant, but grows best in light shade.

Soap aloe, also known as zebra aloe, is a hardy plant that is easy to maintain. During summer, the plant shoots up a stalk that bears beautiful orange, yellow or red flowers. This plant is very easy to grow in sandy, well-drained, soil, and flourishes in partial shade. When the flowers are blooming, they serve as an attractant to hummingbirds and various other pollinators.

We hope to see you this Saturday! Check back for additional information on the plants offered this weekend.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (850) 926-3931.

Amaryllis Bloom

The Green Scene

Outdoor Recreation: Places to Go, Things to See

Shelley Swenson is your local Family & Consumer Science Extension Agent III, UF/IFAS Wakulla County

We live in the recreation capital of Florida when it comes to outdoor activities. It is time to sit down as a family and plan your summer so that another one does not pass you by without appreciation and enjoying the natural resources that abound in Wakulla County. Enjoying the outdoors can be as simple as a family bicycle ride or walk through a local park. Read the full article here!

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What’s In the Garden Now — Radishes!

Wakulla Master Gardener Dan Dobbins hold some of this year’s radish crop grown in the UF/IFAS Wakulla demonstration garden. Master Gardeners use the garden to learn more about crops and provide an example for area residents.

Wakulla Master Gardener Dan Dobbins hold some of this year’s radish crop grown in the UF/IFAS Wakulla demonstration garden. Master Gardeners use the garden to learn more about crops and provide an example for area residents.

By Les Harrison, UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director and Shelley Swenson, UF/IFAS Wakulla County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent

As the old saying goes, April showers will bring May flowers, but there is much more to April.
While many Wakulla County residents are tending their spring gardens, some are still harvesting the crops planted earlier.

Collards, turnips and onions are all ready to come out of the garden now. These full season crops were planted last fall and have handled the past winter with little to no effort.

One garden favorite was planted in late winter and is now producing a popular, healthy vegetable option for a variety of taste. Radishes are a short season crop with a selection of cultivars to please almost every taste. Read the full article here!

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