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  • Pack a healthy school lunch

    By SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Wakulla Extension Service

  • In the garden now:Butter Beans

    By LES HARRISON
    of the Extension Office
    and GOHAR ULMAR
    FAMU Horticulture

    There was a time in Wakulla County before air conditioning became commonly available, that families spent much of their summers outside. Children played in the yards and woods, and the adults enjoyed the shade and comfort of the porch.

  • In the garden now:Okra, A favorite of Southern cooks, okra thrives in heat

    By LES HARRISON
    of the Extension Office
    and GOHAR ULMAR
    FAMU Horticulture

    The heat and humidity have taken its toll on most garden plants in Wakulla County. Whatever was left was attacked by a bumper crop of caterpillars and grasshoppers.
    There is one heat hardy, insect resistant vegetable plant which is continuing to bloom and produce. Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) plants are still delivering the tasty pods which are the basis for numerous Southern side orders and gumbos.

  • Enjoy the sun safely this year

    By SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Wakulla Extension Service

  • In the Garden Now: Corn is thriving with all the recent rain

    One thing is certain, the recent rains are making the grass and most other plants grow. Thankfully the conversations about drought have been silenced for the time being and everything is green.
    In the local home gardens a member of the grass family is responding positively to all the moisture from above. Sweet corn in many gardens is now nearing peak ripeness and ready for any of the many preparation options for human consumption.

  • In the Garden Now; English peas

    By LES HARRISON
    of the Extension Office
    and GOHAR ULMAR
    FAMU Horticulture

    April in Wakulla County is a transitional gardening month. Both spring and winter gardens are being tended, with the winter crops coming to an end soon while the spring crops are developing.
    From a weather perspective, the year 2017 has been rough on vegetable gardening. The winter was unusually warm, there have been late cool spells with frost and the rain is either excessive or nonexistent.

  • Purple nutsedge is an invasive that squeezes out native grasses

    The return of consistent warm weather to Wakulla County has many residents thinking about the state of their lawns. Mowing, fertilizing, weeding and patching bald spots are now the focus of homeowners and landscape maintenance professionals.
    The choice of turf depends on the preferences and needs of the landscape’s owner. Bahiagrass, Bermudagrass, Centipede, Zoysia, and others are selected for their particular traits and appearance.
    However, there is one exotic “grass” not on any list of popular spring turf or ground covers.

  • Time for soil tests

    By LES HARRISON
    of the Extension Office
    and GOHAR ULMAR
    FAMU Horticulture

    Residents of Wakulla County are heading out of doors to engage in the wide array of available activities. Sunshine, fresh air and there are very few insects to encounter, so far.
    One traditional activity is the spring vegetable garden. While some may consider it a chore, many view it as a means to enhancing their personal health through production of high quality dietary choices.

  • Merganser ducks will soon be flying north

    Air travel has its advantages, even today with all the hoops one must jump through to gain access to this mode of 21st Century transportation.
    Given the distances to far flung destinations, it is in many cases the only realistic option.
    Still there are challenges which try the patience of even the most experienced traveler. The screenings, the searches, the carry-on luggage rules and the long lines of sometimes impatient or rude fellow travelers can be trying.

  • Caution: Poison ivy and poison oak

    The spring-like temperatures and clear blue skies serve as a near irresistible enticement to enjoy Wakulla County’s natural environs. The springs, forest and coastline each have a unique charm and attraction for most.
    With all the anticipation, there has to be a word of caution to check for signs which may indicate a problem. To be sure, be aware there is a sign of three leaves in a cluster which must be considered by all who venture outdoors.