Tag Archive: Backyard

Backyard Sugarcane in the Panhandle

Do you want to add a little something different to your landscape? How about something edible, as well as a focal point in your garden? Backyard sugarcane may be just what you are looking for. Sugarcane, genus Saccharum, is a tropical perennial grass that thrives in humid environments across the southern United States. Based on …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/11/20/backyard-sugarcane-in-the-panhandle/

Leon County’s 2016 Backyard Gardening Series

Please join UF/IFAS Leon County Agricultural and Horticultural Extension Agents as they present the:     The series will run from 6:00-8:00 PM on March 24 and March 31, 2016 at the Leon County Extension Office, located at 615 Paul Russell Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32301. The two-day series will feature Extension Agents Mark Tancig, Molly …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/03/09/leon-countys-2016-backyard-gardening-series/

Getting to Know Your Backyard Pests

Deer are known to eat daylilies in the landscape. To prevent browsing, choose other plants or create a barrier with deer fencing. Any seasoned gardener knows that even a well maintained garden will eventually face a pest issue. Pests come in all shapes and sizes and may include weeds, disease, insects, moles, rabbits, birds, and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/07/27/getting-to-know-your-backyard-pests/

Attract Birds to the Backyard

The sight and sound of birds in the yard reconnects us to the wonder and beauty of nature. Providing food, water and shelter can bring the joy of our feathered friends into outdoor spaces. Leave behind the standard palette of trees and shrubs that characterize many urban landscapes. Rather, choose trees and shrubs that provide …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/03/02/attract-birds-to-the-backyard/

Growing sweet corn in the backyard garden

Corn Field. Image Credit Matthew Orwat Sweet corn is a favorite among home gardeners. As long as the space is available, it’s not difficult to grow. Corn is a new world native crop, with archaeological evidence suggesting that it was first domesticated in Mexico. This crop was the basis of the Mayan, Incan and Aztec …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/04/21/growing-sweet-corn-in-the-backyard-garden/

Florida Snow! Nature’s Reminder to Enhance Backyard Wildlife Habitat

Even though adapted to weather extremes, these migratory American goldfinches (Spinus tristis) appreciated the food and cover provided in this backyard.  Photo by Judy Ludlow North Florida experienced a weather delight (or distress depending on your point of view!) this week in the form of freezing rain and snow!  The words “Florida” and “snow” are …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/02/02/florida-snow-natures-reminder-to-enhance-backyard-wildlife-habitat/

Food Safety for the Backyard Gardener

Food safety is a hot topic these days!  Headlines are grabbing our attention concerning food borne illness, contamination, and widespread disease outbreaks at restaurants, grocery stores, and even farmers markets.  Proper food safety practices are important for all food handlers and growers, including the backyard gardener.  I recently returned from teaching at the UF/IFAS display …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/10/19/food-safety-for-the-backyard-gardener/