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Invasive Plant Workshop

We are excited to offer a two-hour workshop on invasive plants in Wakulla County. This event will take place tomorrow, Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. View the slide show featuring some of the plants to be discussed here.

We will discuss the many invasive plants which currently affect the area, and those which have the potential to become a destructive problem. Participants will be provided information and environmentally responsible tactics to counter these invaders. There is a $5.00 charge at the door to cover handout materials and refreshments. We hope to see you there!

The workshop will take place at the Wakulla Extension Office (84 Cedar Ave. Crawfordville, FL). For more information, call us at (850) 926-3931.

Poison Ivy and Poison Oak

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Poison ivy often grows along with Virginia Creeper, which disguises it, but not the irritation problems it causes.

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director

Despite the heat and bugs, nothing beats spending time outside with family. Make sure children understand the plants to stay away from when they are out picking the abundant wildflowers in bloom this time of year.

The familiar rhymes, “leaflets three, let it be” and, “berries white, run in fright” are good lessons for kids. “Hairy vine, no friend of mine” is another reminder of the physical characteristics of poison ivy and poison oak. Stay safe this summer by knowing how to identify these poisonous plants! Read the full article here!

Tent Caterpillars

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Newly hatched caterpillars quickly construct a dense “tent” made of web.

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director

Summer is a popular time of year for camping. As school ends, parents are busy signing their kids up for day and overnight camps. Tent moths have a similar plan in mind for their young.

Though their parents are long gone by the time they hatch, tent caterpillars are born to camp. Once they have set up in your yard, you may have a hard time getting them to leave. Read the full article here!

Wildflowers are Blooming All Over Wakulla

Golden Mane Coreopsis is currently blooming at the Wakulla Extension Office, providing a bright and colorful show for everyone.

Golden Mane Coreopsis is currently blooming at the Wakulla Extension Office, providing a bright and colorful show for everyone.

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director

Nothing says natural beauty like wildflowers. This time of year, nature puts on a stunning show. The ground is covered in a lush blanket of wildflowers, including our state flower, coreopsis. Milkweed is also in bloom for the arrival of monarch butterflies and caterpillars. Now is the time to get outside and enjoy it! Read the full article here!

Milkweed & Monarchs Workshop Friday!

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Don’t forget to register for Milkweed & Monarchs this Friday at 6:30 p.m.

The Milkweed & Monarchs Workshop will focus on the life cycle of monarch butterflies. The milkweed plant plays an essential part in the monarchs journey–without it, the butterflies would not survive. The amount of monarchs in our area has decreased significantly. Help them by growing low-maintenance milkweed in your yard!

Each attendee will go home with a milkweed plant and an additional packet of seeds for planting! There is a $15 registration fee.

Call the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Office at (850) 926-3931 to register!

What’s In Season Now?

Get creative with your family and

Carving melons is a fun and creative summer activity.

Summer Break is almost here! Beat the heat and keep the kids entertained with a melon carving party! Closely related to pumpkins, melons are fun and easy to carve. So, dust off the melon baller (or your pumpkin carving kit) and get creative with your family this summer!

To see what other fruits and vegetables are in season, get your Fresh From Florida May Shopping List today!

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


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