Benefits of growing vegetables using hydroponics.

Courtesy of UF IFAS

Courtesy of UF IFAS

Hydroponic Vegetable Gardening

Love to garden, love fresh veggies and herbs? Not that excited about weeding? Hydroponic gardening could be your answer. Hydroponic gardening has been around for thousands of years. Ancient Egyption and Aztec cultures used this form of gardening thousands of years ago. And, today it still proves to be a very viable way to provide fresh herbs and vegetables for your dinner table.

As we begin to enter into the cooler season, consider planting lettuces, mustard greens and/or kale for fresh salads.

For more information: gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/edibles/vegetables/hydroponic-vegetable-gardening.html

Is your yard prepared for a hurricane?

Hurricane, wind and flooding.

Hurricane season is roaring in later than usual this year!

By keeping a few items in mind, preparing your landscaping in event of a hurricane making landfall in your neighborhood should go smoothly.

Keep yard debris out of storm drains, keep your gutters clear and downspouts firmly attached allowing heavy rain downfall to move away from your home.

Cut back any plant that is too close to the house, remove dead tree branches or any loose debris in your yard.

Container plants should be moved indoors if possible or shelteed behind a hedge and lay flat.

Irrigation systems should be turned off and water collection vessels spigots left open.

For more in formation: http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/duvalco/2018/08/01/prepare-your-landscape-for-hurricanes/

Using Patio Pavers to Build a Backyard Fire Pit

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As the weather is starting to cool down, be ready to enjoy a fire on your patio or in your backyard during the evening. Building a backyard fire pit is a fairly easy way to add a cozy feature to your yard.

Being a relatively small job, depending on the size fire pit you plan to build, sourcing your patio pavers from a landscaping company might be a good idea. Often times, a landscaping company will have left over pavers from a job or pavers removed from a job site that can be sold at discounted prices. This idea for sourcing pavers also lends itself to being conscientious about the environment by using pavers that might otherwise end up in a waste station. Recycle! Reuse!

HGTV has ideas and a plan for building your backyard fire pit, follow this link for more information: How to make a Backyard Fire Pit

For a Florida Friendly yard, there are nine things to consider in your planning.

Designing and maintaining a yard that is environmentally compatible in Florida can have real benefits for local native plants, insects, and the watershed. Oh course, the best benefit is the beauty and peace of mind you get while enjoying the Florida Friendly choices you have made in your yard and landscaping projects.

There are nine items to consider while planning your perfect Florida Friendly planting project:

  • Right Plant, Right Place

  • Water Efficiently

  • Fertilize Appropriately

  • Mulch

  • Attract Wildlife

  • Manage Yard Pests Responsibly

  • Recycle Yard Waste

  • Reduce Stormwater Runoff

  • Protect the Waterfront

For more information on these nine principles for UF/IFAS Florida Friendly Landscaping, just follow this link: https://ffl.ifas.ufl.edu/homeowners/nine_principles.htm

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