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The Neighborhood Gardener – April

Pineapple guava flowerThis month in The Neighborhood Gardener:

  • Checklist of Florida-Friendly Practices — Creating your own Florida-Friendly yard can be simple with a new EDIS publication. Florida-Friendly practices are grouped into three tiers, from easiest/least expensive to most difficult/most expensive.
  • Epcot Flower & Garden Festival — Hillsborough County Urban Horticulture Agent Marina D’Abreau gives an inside look at the Master Gardeners’ work at the festival, which runs now through May 15.
  • Ample Harvest — Bill Hoffman with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture discusses the online anti-hunger effort AmpleHarvest.org, which enables gardeners to share their extra produce with food pantries in their communities.
  • Plant of the Month: Pineapple Guava — This evergreen shrub has attractive foliage, unusual flowers, and edible fruits. It can be grown throughout Florida and even tolerates salt spray.
  • Barred Owls — This bird gets its name from the feather patterns, which are barred with the alternating colors of white and brown. The barred owl makes its home in mature trees of woodlands and swamps across the eastern half of the United States.
  • April in Your Garden — Plant heat-tolerant annuals, such as coleus, vincas, and portulaca. New varieties of coleus do well in sun or shade and provide vivid colors and patterns for months.
  • Friend or Foe? Foe: Venomous Spiders — Five species of venomous spiders occur in Florida: the Southern black widow, Northern black widow, red widow, brown widow, and brown recluse.

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