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Shade Plants for Florida

Most of these plants like 4-5 hours of indirect light, however, they can take more shade, but may become “leggy” and will require more pruning. Plants that grow in the shade may also require less water, depending on the conditions. Plants marked with an asterisk (*) will take more dense shade.  Trees (Partial Shade) Dahoon […]

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Lend a Helping Hand and Protect Your Garden with Bonide

by Amanda Rose Newton With so many of you out in your garden the past month, protecting what you have spent time and energy on is more important than ever. Florida provides its fair share of pest pressure, being the perfect mix of climate and year-round foliage that makes your home garden an ideal destination […]

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You Can Do It! Container Victory Gardening

by Amanda Rose Newton When America is faced with challenging times, we garden. In the 1940s during the War, growing food brought control, security, and a sense of purpose to people across the country. Most books on victory gardening focus on large plots of plants, leaving out thousands of us who may just have a […]

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Life is Peachy, Even in Florida!

by Amanda Rose Newton With the continued uncertainty brewing in the citrus industry in Florida, the shift to consider other fruit varieties has begun. If you have been longing for the stone fruits you might have enjoyed further North or West, you are in luck. The University of Florida has crafted 5 varieties of the […]

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Invite Butterflies for Brunch: Create Your Own Butterfly Container Garden

by Amanda Rose Newton Whether your backyard is several acres or a concrete slab, you can create a beautiful garden to entice important butterfly pollinators to stop by for a quick visit. When creating a butterfly garden, the same rules apply despite your amount of space. Understanding which plants your favorite butterfly prefers as a […]

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Groundcovers and Lawn Alternatives

Groundcovers simply refer to plants that are low growing and have a spreading habit. Most of us grew up with traditional turf grass lawns and may have never considered the abundance of other options that exist. Many of the alternatives discussed below come with added benefits, such as not having to mow, water, or fertilize […]

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Florida plants for wet soil

Florida boasts a unique geology that provides many coastal areas with sandy, well-draining soil, but also creates low-lying patches where water naturally accumulates. Brevard County is no exception, and with the rainy season on the horizon, many may think those slow to drain spots are doomed to be empty and boring all summer long. Surprisingly, […]

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Growing a True Florida Garden: Plant Native!

Florida is unique in having typical temperate as well as exotic subtropical species all in one place. Embrace what makes living here so special and dedicate a portion (or all) of your yard to native plants. There are many reasons to consider natives, the variety of colors, sizes, and shapes alone offer a magnitude of […]

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Edible Landscaping in Zone 9b

Put Your Yard to Work For You! If the thought of making a simple raised bed garden makes you overwhelmed, having your backyard serve as a food ecosystem may seem out of the question! However, creating your own food forest is not only obtainable but it’s built around a few classic permaculture principles (keywords being […]

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Growing Healthy Citrus in Florida

by Amanda Rose Newton If you were to ask someone what fruit comes to mind when they think Florida, chances are, it would be a type of citrus. Throughout the 1900s, the citrus industry was booming, and the result could be seen by sprawling orchards of beautiful tees producing oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines. Many beloved […]

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