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The Neighborhood Gardener – February

plumsThis month in The Neighborhood Gardener:

  • 4th Annual Bee College – The most extensive educational honeybee event in Florida will be held March 11–12, 2011, in Marineland, Florida. There are classes for beekeepers of all ages and experience levels.
  • The Florida School Garden Competition is Underway –  Cash prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place winners in three categories: single class garden, multiple class/grade garden, and entire school garden. Deadline for entries is March 30.
  • Plant of the Month: Chickasaw Plum – This native shrub or small tree makes an attractive Florida-friendly addition to any yard. Each spring, the trees are covered with clusters of tiny, fragrant, white flowers.
  • February in Your Garden – Now is a good time to check citrus trees for scab disease. Apply a copper fungicide when new leaves appear and again when two-thirds of the flower blossoms have fallen. If citrus trees weren’t fertilized January, do so now. Frequency and amount of fertilization depends on the age of the tree.
  • Training Opportunity: Invasive Reptiles – "Introduced Reptile Early Detection & Documentation," also known as REDDy, is a free, online course that will teach you how to recognize and report large, invasive reptiles.
  • Friend or Foe? Foe: Clothes Moth – Clothes moths, or more specifically, clothes moth larvae, are major pests of fabric and other items made of natural fibers. Learn how to prevent these pests from getting into your closet.

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