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Fall Fertilizing in Florida

By Amanda Rose Newton The ban on fertilizer in Brevard county ends at the beginning of October. Now that the rainy season it is over (although, the recent weather has us all fooled), you may be wondering what plants, if any, need fertilizing in your yard. Luckily, the answer is straightforward, you want to fertilize […]

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Composting 101: Part 2: Vermicomposting

By Amanda Rose Newton Vermicomposting, also known as worm composting, is an easy way to speed up the composting process we discussed last week. Even better, this is a technique that is adaptable for almost any living space, whether you occupy a house or a studio apartment! Vermicomposting Basics With regular composting, dry and moist […]

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Composting 101: Part 1: The Basics

By Amanda Rose Newton Why Compost? Most of us are at least vaguely familiar with composting and that it is generally deemed a good exercise to engage in. How and where to start is often not as clear. To help you in your journey as we all try to make the move towards sustainability, part […]

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The Magical Migration of The Monarchs: How You Can Help The Journey

By Amanda Rose Newton Monarch butterflies will be making their final pass for the season through Central Florida in the next few weeks as they continue southward to their destination in Mexico. While still on the endangered list, monarchs are slowly rebuilding their population thanks to the rise in interest in the beautiful butterfly countrywide. […]

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Your Florida Garden Will Be Visited By More than Just Honeybees!

By Amanda Rose Newton Here in Florida, Fall is the time to get back into the garden. It marks the return of many of our favorite flowers, edibles, and pollinators. We are all familiar with Apis mellifera, our domestic honeybee but what about the other 200 species likely to come through Brevard County? You read […]

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What to Plant in September: The BEST time of year in Florida!

By Amanda Rose Newton If I had to choose, September would be my vote for the best month to garden in Brevard County. Not only are the temperatures cooling off, but now that hectic beginning of the school year schedules are calming down, there is time to get back outdoors and in the garden. If […]

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Chop N’ Drop It! Getting the most out of your garden plants

By Amanda Rose Newton With every season change, we see a change in the variety of plants present in our landscape. One plant’s expiration date is another plant’s beginning. Those deceased plants can still offer a wealth of service in your garden, as, through the magic of decomposition, the available nutrients are slowly leached into […]

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Prepping your Florida Garden for Fall

By Amanda Rose Newton Now that it is September in zone 9b Florida, the intense heat of the summer will soon be behind us. For us gardeners, this means we can get back outside and start planning our edible gardens. Before you do so, consider doing a little cleaning around the landscape. Doing a little […]

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Milkweed Plant Pests: The Fascinating Ecology

By Amanda Rose Newton Most of us have planted a milkweed or two in our yards (or container gardens) with the hopes of attracting the beautiful Monarch Butterfly. In addition to the visiting hungry caterpillars and nectar feeding adults, a plethora of additional insects can be found lurking behind the leaves. Milkweed: Toxic Wasteland or […]

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