UF/IFAS Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension to offer “Farm-Your-Backyard”
Learn the secrets of vegetable gardening in South Florida with Arthur Kirstein, Coordinator of Agricultural Economic Development, and Mike Page, Mounts Botanical Garden Horticultural Supervisor. The focus of this workshop is on using established agricultural techniques for successful small area vegetable garden projects. Tips and techniques on site preparation, seedling establishment, planting, garden maintenance, and harvesting will be covered. A tour of the Mounts vegetable garden will complete the program.
This workshop is free of charge but limited to the first 100 registrants.
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Home Canning Classes
The Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service / University of Florida is offering home canning classes. It will teach you how to can vegetables and fruits, the type of equipment you need for canning different foods, what can or cannot be altered safely in a recipe, and what is important for food safety. Publications, recipes and other resources will be available. The training will be offered in two parts. Instructor: Ada Medina-Solorzano. A $5.00 donation per class is requested to cover training materials.
Part One: Canning Low Acid Foods (Vegetables)
Part Two: Canning High Acid Foods
Call Carolyn Martino at 561-233-1742 to register.
Wind Resistant Trees
When hurricanes hit land, along with damage to homes, they may cause damage to trees in the urban forest.Maintaining healthy trees is critical to reducing damage in hurricanes. Healthy wind resistant trees characteristically have access to a large porous soil area and a deep water table which helps anchor the tree in place. Pruning can improve wind resistance and reduce tree failure. However, proper pruning does not include the practice of topping which misshapes and destroys branching structure.
Structural issues that cause trees to fail:
Codominant stems- stems of equal size originating from the same point on the tree
To form and maintain healthy landscape trees, proper care and maintenance should be practiced in tree selection, location and maintenance--while property owners and communities should seek advice from certified arborists and remove hazard trees immediately. For more University of Florida information on proper tree pruning call the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service Master Gardener Volunteer Hotline M-F 9-4 at 233-1750.
Figure 1 Included Bark Hazard on Black Olive Tree
Figure 2 Master Gardener Volunteer Kim Hewitt prunes Sweet Almond in Mounts Botanical Garden 5.9.13
“The 5th Annual Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference promises to inform and inspire agricultural innovators. Join us August 2-4 in Kissimmee, Florida for farm tours, a trade show, networking opportunities, live animal exhibits, hands-on workshops, and delicious locally-grown food! Don’t miss this chance to learn more about farming as well as alternative enterprises such as beekeeping, hydroponics, grass-fed beef and more. You will have the opportunity to interact with other farmers and industry professionals and get all of your questions answered. Join our mailing list on our website to receive updates. http://www.conference.ifas.ufl.edu/smallfarms/index.html”
Every drop of water that exits your landscape eventually moves on, and may take with it residues resulting from landscaping practices. Water that runs off of your property makes its way to our ground and surface waters, including the Lake Worth Lagoon, the Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean. Click here to view our newest brochure, Protect Palm Beach County’s Water and Environment, which explains how you can use Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles to achieve a beautiful, low-maintenance landscape while protecting and preserving our precious environment, ground, and surface waters.
Palm Beach County Landscape professionals know that beginning in January of 2014, anyone who applies fertilizers commercially will be required to hold a Limited Certification for Urban Landscape Commercial Fertilizer (often called the “fertilizer license”) issued by the Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control. A new UF / IFAS Palm Beach County Extension fact sheet addresses some of the most common questions related to obtaining your GI-BMP certification and fertilizer license, such as: How Do I Request a Duplicate GI-BMP Certificate, and How Do I Apply for the Fertilizer License once I receive my GI-BMP certificate?
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