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The Neighborhood Gardener – October

Sweet Charlie strawberriesThis month in The Neighborhood Gardener:

  • Gorgeous Ground Covers – Marina D’Abreau of Hillsborough County Extension suggests some great ground covers that are often overlooked or ignored.
  • Fall Climate Outlook – The Southeast Climate Consortium reports that Florida will likely experience a warmer and drier fall than usual, thanks to an unusually strong La Nina weather pattern.
  • Plant of the Month: Strawberries – This tasty berry grows best in Florida’s cooler months, which makes October the ideal time to start planting. Learn which cultivars are best suited for your area.
  • October in Your Garden – It’s time to start planting for the cooler months ahead. Foxglove, petunias, and Shasta daisies are good plants for the fall garden.
  • Friend or Foe? Squirrels – The gray squirrel can cause significant damage to your plants. While you can’t completely rid the landscape of these furry pests, there are ways to protect your garden.
  • Master Gardener Conference – There’s still time to register for the conference, which takes place October 25-27 in Destin, FL.

Read the October issue.

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