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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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Environmentally Minded Planting

By Amanda Rose Newton You may have noticed our blog has been focusing quite a bit on all things organic and sustainable this fall. With our proximity to the lagoon, the influx of rain, and unique biodiversity right in our own backyards, it’s hard not to have the impacts of our actions at the front […]

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Good Gourd! Growing Ornamental Squash in Florida

by Amanda Rose Newton Nothing says fall quite like a decorative gourd! These fruits (yes, fruits) are members of the Curcurbitaceae family, which also includes zucchini, cucumbers, and summer squash. While most are used primarily for decorative purposes, we will also highlight a few edible varieties as well that have a good track record in […]

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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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