Hernando County's Master Gardeners Looking for New Volunteers

Dr. Lester is a UF/IFAS Extension Horticulture Agent

Master gardener

The University of Florida/IFAS Extension Service performs many valuable services for Florida’s residents. Many of the programs that Extension deals with involve horticulture: working with local farmers, teaching classes on gardening, and working in the local schools. But since most counties have maybe one horticulture agent, we get spread a little thin sometimes. This is where our volunteers, the Master Gardeners come in handy.

Pick Blackberries While the Pickin's Good

Hernando Sun Staff

April 18th was the start of blackberry season for Todd Fickes at the Ol’ Tyme Blackberry Patch. He planted multiple varieties with differing ripening times to make for a longer picking season. His latest maturing blackberry will be available for picking until at least the end of June. Mr. Fickes says that this last variety may have fruit into July, but it’s hard to tell. He plants traditional thorned varieties, hence the name “Ol’ Tyme.” The thorned plants make his job in maintaining the plants more difficult, but doesn’t necessarily make it harder to pick.

The Real Scoop on Fertilizer

Spring is in the air, and many of us want to give our lawns a boost by applying fertilizer. Florida-Friendly Landscaping principle number #3 is “Fertilize Appropriately.”

Let’s discuss how one can accomplish the task of fertilizing appropriately. I must warn you – there will be math! I know, that thought makes me pause as well. Math and I are not friends, but this math is fairly simple, once you’ve got it figured out.