Tag Archive: What’s

What’s in Your Manure?

Humans have used animal manures to fertilize food crops for thousands of years. Manures are an organic source of plant nutrients and are often a waste byproduct that must be properly managed when raising animals. Today, many farmers and backyard gardeners continue to use animal manures to provide nutrition to their crops. However, a recent …

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What’s Wrong with My Camellia Leaves?

Recently, a home gardener brought in some strange looking new leaves on his camellia. The youngest leaves were thick and fleshy and looked more characteristic of a succulent type plant than a camellia. What’s wrong with these leaves? Camellia leaf gall infection resulting in fleshy light green and pink leaves. Note the contrast with a …

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Enjoying Local Seafood; What’s in Peak Season for February?

There has been an increase interest, from both visitors and residents, in purchasing local seafood.  Here we are going to define local seafood as anything caught or grown within 200 miles of your location.  For Pensacola that includes Alabama, Mississippi, and much of Louisiana; for St. Mark’s that would include the Big Bend and much …

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The Danger Within… What’s Hiding in Our Woods

As summer comes to its apex you may find yourself longing to move your activities outdoors and commune with nature. However, as you are reveling in the warm weather while hiking, camping, biking, gardening, etc. remember that there are native plants of a less friendly nature hiding in plain sight. I’m sure you have all …

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Purple Hyacinth Bean – What’s Old is New

Everyone is interested in growing an easy plant that offers interest all throughout the warm season. Look no further than an old favorite, the purple hyacinth bean, Lablab purpurea. Purple flowers are held above foliage. An warm season annual vine that grows easily from seeds plants directly in the ground or started in small pots, purple hyacinth …

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Soil: What’s Alive Beneath Our Feet?

You’re digging up a ridiculously stubborn patch of Florida betony when an earthworm crawls across your path. As you break apart the soil in your hands a world of active organisms is being sifted through your fingers. Fertile soil is teeming with beneficial microbes. It is estimated that there can be billions of microbes in …

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What’s Wrong With My Sago Palm?

Is the newest growth on your sago palm is turning yellow, brown, frizzy looking and dying – is it a pest or disease or something else? Photo credit: Mary Derrick This sago palm is suffering from a classic case of manganese deficiency. When sago palms lack manganese, the newest leaves will develop yellow splotches or …

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What’s Killing My Magnolia Leaves?

We love our native magnolias in part because they are tough, easy to care for trees. The mainstay of southern gardens, they grace us with attractive thick, waxy leaves year round and sublimely fragrant and graceful blooms. However, this past spring brought conditions that encouraged a fungal leaf disease known as anthracnose, most noticeably on …

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Agricultural Best Management Practices – What’s Stopping You?

Submitted by Rance Ellis, FDACS OAWP Agriculture often is in the spotlight, some might say the bull’s eye, when environmental issues are raised.  This is partly because agriculture is visible; people can see a farmer on a tractor and irrigation systems operating, and may not understand the decision-making and risks involved in running a farm. …

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What’s in Your Hay?

What’s in your hay? A hay producer can better market their hay if they can show a potential buyer a forage analysis report. By: Mike Goodchild, Walton County Extension Agent Most of us have heard the credit card advertisement “What’s in Your Wallet?” (which may not be much these days given the cost of feed …

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