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The Neighborhood Gardener – November

Hoya flowerThis month in The Neighborhood Gardener:

  • Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Recruits a Master Gardener – Michelle Atkinson, Manatee County Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Coordinator, shares the story of a local homeowner who enjoyed creating her Florida-Friendly garden so much, she became a Master Gardener.
  • Grant Alert: Fiskars Project Orange Thumb – Do you work with a community garden? Apply for a grant from Fiskars. Selected groups receive tools and other gardening materials. The deadline to apply is December 31.
  • Plant of the Month: Hoya – Also called wax plant, hoya is an easy-care houseplant with small clusters of sweet-smelling, star-shaped flowers.
  • November in Your Garden – Create a display of fall colors with calendula, pansies, and ornamental cabbages. Bulbs to plant this month include amaryllis, crinums, and daylilies.
  • Friend or Foe? Foe: Citrus Greening – This bacterial disease can rapidly destroy almost all varieties of citrus, and there is no cure. Infected trees show yellow leaves, twig dieback, and mottled or blotchy leaves. If you suspect your trees have been infected with citrus greening, call your local Extension office. Do not bring samples to an Extension office or plant nursery—you could infect other trees.
  • Bird Feeders – Not only do they provide food for the birds, bird feeders provide you with the enjoyment of watching wildlife. If you want to feed birds, provide them with three essential elements: the right variety of quality seed, fresh water for drinking and bathing, and safe cover, preferably provided by native plants.
  • Master Gardener Specialist Update – This month, we are featuring an update from Dr. Amy Shober on soil pH and how it impacts our plants.

Read the November issue.

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