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  1. Creating a Welcoming Environment in 4-H Clubs — March 6, 2015
  2. Rose Pruning – A Pictorial Guide — March 5, 2015
  3. Now is the Time to Prune Roses — March 3, 2015
  4. Attract Birds to the Backyard — March 2, 2015
  5. March – Time for Lions and Lambs — March 2, 2015

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Creating a Welcoming Environment in 4-H Clubs

Have you ever attended a meeting for the first time and felt a little out of place? Do you remember that nervous feeling; the pit in your stomach of not knowing anyone, not sure if you belonged?  Creating a welcoming environment in 4-H clubs and events helps members and volunteers have a sense of belonging. …

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Rose Pruning – A Pictorial Guide

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Please follow as a favorite shrub rose, Belinda’s Dream, is pruned.   Belinda’s Dream Rose – Before pruning, with dense thick growth. Time to open this plant up !   Start pruning by removing dead and diseased wood. Next remove crossing or rubbing branches, unproductive …

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Now is the Time to Prune Roses

The process of pruning roses. Image Credit Matthew Orwat   Many rose enthusiasts ask every season? When do I prune my roses? The general recommendation is February 15th. If that recommendation is followed it’s usually not harmful, though climate can be very different from the coast to the state line . Therefore, my typical answer is to advise gardeners to prune roses …

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Attract Birds to the Backyard

The sight and sound of birds in the yard reconnects us to the wonder and beauty of nature. Providing food, water and shelter can bring the joy of our feathered friends into outdoor spaces. Leave behind the standard palette of trees and shrubs that characterize many urban landscapes. Rather, choose trees and shrubs that provide …

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March – Time for Lions and Lambs

“If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb?” Weather sayings can be quite colorful. Some of them may be connected to scientific observations, while others are more superstitious in nature. What the weather will do this month can change on a moment’s notice. March is definitely one of the …

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Invasive Species of the Day: Cogongrass and Tawny Crazy Ant

Cogongrass (Imperata Cylindrica): Cogongrass Photo Credit: Chris Evans, Illionois Wildlife Action Plan, www.bugwood.org Cogongrass is one of the 10 worst weeds in the world.  This grass is an aggressive grower and forms colonies causing loss of productive forest areas, severe degradation of habitat, and economic issues.  Since its introduction in the 1900s, Cogongrass has spread …

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AgSave$ Workshop Series: Securing Your Farm’s Financial Future

Ken Barton is working to pass the family farming heritage on from generation to generation. Photo by Shepard Eubanks, UF/IFAS On February 23, 2015, 93 folks in the Agriculture Industry assembled to kick-off a new initiative, AgSave$ , to bring personal finance education such as estate planning, succession planning, and protecting assets, to farmers, ranchers …

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Invasive Species of the Day: Cuban Tree Frog and Hydrilla

Cuban Treefrog (Osteopilus septentrionalis): Image by Dr. Steve A Johnson 2005. The Cuban Treefrog: was introduced into Florida as a stowaway on vehicles and plants in the 1920’s. As of 2013, breeding populations have been recorded as far north as Georgia. Cuban Treefrogs have larger toepads and eyes than any of the native species. Being …

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Factors that Affect Egg Production in Chickens

Proper nutrition that includes high protein and calcium levels for shell production is essential for laying hens. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Article by Hank Bignell, Escambia County 4-H Agriculture and Small Farms Agent Egg production is a normal part of chicken reproduction in healthy, young hens  There are many factors that can affect chicken egg …

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New Thrips-Transmitted Plant Viruses in Florida Crops

Figure 1. Tomato chlorotic spot virus symptoms on a young tomato plant. Photo Credit Joe Funderburk Joe Funderburk, North Florida REC, University of Florida, Quincy and Scott Adkins, USDA-ARS, Fort Pierce, FL Tospoviruses are a group of plant infecting viruses that cause economically significant crop losses worldwide. Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) is the original …

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