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What’s Eating My Plant?

By Amanda Rose Newton Now is the time when most of us are both catching a post-holiday breath and trying to jump-start big goals, such as getting out into the garden. If you have been in your current home for several years, you have probably noticed a trend of vegetables, landscape plantings, and even potted […]

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Waste Less, Use More! Your New Mantra for 2021

By Amanda Rose Newton The start of the New Year marks the beginning of resolutions to eat healthier, more natural, local food. What better way than by the simple act of adding more vegetables into your family’s weekly rotation? Even veggie veterans can resolve to get the most of their farmer’s market purchases while stretching […]

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Plant Traditions for the Holiday Season: Spreading Green Cheer

By Amanda Rose Newton Throughout history, plants have played an integral role in just about every celebration and this is especially the case for the Winter holidays. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, or the Solstice, there are many plant traditions for the Holiday Season. Last week on the blog we featured poinsettias, the most […]

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Poinsettia Perfection: The Secrets Behind Christmas’s Favorite Plant

By Amanda Rose Newton Poinsettias are the quintennial Christmas Plant. On average, poinsettias rake in 250 million dollars for growers annually in the 6 weeks leading up to Christmas alone! Not bad for a seasonal plant! Worldwide, poinsettias are well-loved, both as a Christmas and an Easter plant in Spain and South America. The name […]

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Citrus at Christmas: Reflecting on Traditions of Holidays Past

By Amanda Rose Newton One of the perks of living in the sunshine state is the luxury of year-round access to tropical fruit. Right now, the culinary world is having a moment with jackfruit, soursop, and starfruit making once hard to come by fruit the new norm. It is hard to imagine, but midcentury citrus […]

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Shrubs Incognito: The Best Small Shrubs to Use as Trees

By Amanda Rose Newton Trees vs. Shrubs – What’s the Difference? Trees and shrubs are commonly grouped together as the larger plants in the landscape. Generally, the assumption is that trees are the larger of the two, but this can be deceptive. Any tree or shrub will be limited to a size that reflects the […]

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Food Preservation Part 2: Savoring Herbs All Year

By Amanda Rose Newton Here in Florida, we are fortunate to be able to grow most herbs year-round. To get the most out of your herb plants, regularly clip fresh sprigs instead of letting them bloom and go to seed to help prolong their use. While this is great, in theory, for many it means […]

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