Outdoors

Bear Sighting at Tillis Hill

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by Hernando Sun Staff and Sid Taylor, Division of Forestry

Sid Taylor, Division of Forestry at Tillis Hill had her first bear sighting (in her twenty years here) 1/2 mile S of Tillis Hill on Dec. 28. She suspects it was a young male looking for territory from the Chassahowitzka area. She found the tracks the next morning. She hopes he stays...but admits he will have to find a female and bring her back here. She has only confirmed one other track here in her career and no confirmed sightings. Taylor was on the Chassahowitzka Working Bear Group for her first 8 or 10 years. There were less than twenty bears at height of the count.

Growing Sweet Potatoes

Submitted by admin on Sat, 02/14/2015 - 2:36pm

Planting & Growing from Slips

Sweet potato grown from slips generally need at least 4 months of frost-free growing. I grow and sell Georgia Jets which is an early variety need about 90-120 days from transplanted slips until the full size tubers can be harvested. Most gardeners start with slips purchased from a local garden center or reputable mail order source. I will have slips available starting in April. Sweet potatoes grow vigorously in warm areas and quickly shade out weeds as the season progresses.

Get Rid of Oxalis Bulbs Before you Plant

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by Hernando Sun Staff

If your garden is overrun with oxalis, you need to remove all roots and bulbs in order to eradicate it. It is a tedious task but well worth it. Be sure to dispose of the bulbs in the garbage not your compost!

If you have a large infestation and are ahead of the growing season, you can try placing cardboard or plastic over the ground for a few months to kill the weeds.

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