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Green Scene

  • Free tax prep assistance is available: Green Living

    Tax season has officially begun, and the UF/IFAS Extension Service is offering free tax preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program beginning this month.
    VITA provides trained tax preparation volunteers who work one-on-one with clients to prepare their tax return and submit it to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on their behalf. There is no fee to the client to use this service, but there are restrictions.

  • In the garden now Feb. 15, 2018: Kale

    By LES HARRISON
    and
    SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Of Wakulla Extension

    The month of February 2018 has seen a warming trend, at least when compared to January 2018.
    Still, it is winter in North Florida and only hardiest of vegetables are growing as the thermometer edges towards the freezing mark at least one night a week.

  • In the garden now Jan. 18, 2018: Clover

    By LES HARRISON and SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Of Wakulla Extension

    Recent weather has confirmed winter is for real in 2018. While the days are getting incrementally longer, the appearance of frost covered windshields in the morning is not a surprise to anyone.
    Last week’s painful subfreezing temperatures will lead to noticeably higher heating bills in the coming weeks. The short days, low thermometer reading and impending credit card hangover from the holidays have taken a toll on everyone.

  • Building a better pantry

    By SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Wakulla Extension Service

    Jan. 18, 2018

  • In the garden now Dec. 14, 2017: Garlic

    By LES HARRISON
    and
    SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Of Wakulla Extension

    The winter weather has finally arrived. The temperatures have retreated to the seasonal averages and, fortunately, the rain has been sufficient to insure good growing conditions.
    There are currently plenty of cool season leafy garden crops in production among Wakulla County’s gardeners, but one vegetable offers a variety of uses and taste selections. Garlic planted last fall will produce a bulb commonly used for a nutritional flavor enhancer in a variety of dishes.

  • In the garden now Nov. 9, 2017: Radishes

    By LES HARRISON
    and
    SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Of Wakulla Extension

    One common complaint about vegetable gardening is it takes so long for the end product to be ready for harvest. In most cases the average is 90 days, but some can extend out to 180 or more days.
    Another is the seasonal limitations of plants. The range of acceptable temperatures is relatively narrow for most, but there is one notable exception in Wakulla County.

  • Preventing Type 2 diabetes

    By SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Wakulla Extension Service

  • In the garden now: Peanuts

    By LES HARRISON
    and
    SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Of Wakulla Extension

    In Wakulla County, as it is in all of North Florida, October is a transition month for home gardeners with the summer vegetables ebbing in both growth and production.
    Fall and winter crops are going in, but in most cases, they are still too underdeveloped to utilize in any volume.
    It is a curious alignment of convenience that one of the last to harvest garden crops fits neatly into use during the autumn season’s sporting events.

  • Five ways to lower risk for breast cancer

    By SAMANTHA KENNEDY
    Wakulla Extension Service

  • In the garden now: Peppers

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

    Autumn is here, but activities are hot as ever in Wakulla County’s home gardens. While many summer crops are winding up, one is still producing consistently.
    Sweet and hot peppers are the warm-season favorite still delivering a generous bounty. The popularity is possibly traced to the variety of cultivars within this genus which are available for every taste and culinary tradition.