Sweet Potato Pest Management

You may be familiar with sweet potatoes among Thanksgiving dinner tables, but these crops thrive in Florida’s hot summers. The colorful potatoes are grown throughout the state and are good sources of vitamins A and C. Unfortunately, the potatoes also have unwanted pests. Here are some pests farmers should become familiar with, so they can keep their sweet potatoes prosperous. Insect Pests Banded Cucumber Beetle The banded  More»

Ten Facts about Turkey Oak

The turkey oak is a deciduous tree commonly found in sand dunes, sand hills, and ridges. Learn more about these trees, including how they got the name “turkey oak” and why they’re useful to people who want to attract wildlife to their landscape. The scientific name for turkey oak is Quercus laevis. Quercus is the Latin name for “oak,” and laevis comes from the Latin word meaning “smooth, slippery, or  More»

How to Safely Prepare a Turkey

Cooking a turkey for the holiday meal? Avoid the chance of food-borne illness by watching this Solutions for Your Life video on how to safely prepare a turkey. Photo credit: Brent Reeves/iStock/Thinkstock  More»

How Cold Weather Affects Landscape Plants

If you live in north or central Florida, you may be aware that tropical, subtropical and recently planted, unestablished plants are more susceptible to cold injury from typical freezing temperatures (such temperatures are rare in south Florida). Tropical and summer annuals cannot withstand temperatures below 50°F (10°C), while subtropical plants can harden and adapt to the Florida's climate. Properly conditioned temperate plants can survive  More»

Reduce Waste This Thanksgiving

While Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for the year's bounty, it can also produce a lot of uneaten food and other items that end up the garbage. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce waste this Thanksgiving. Think about how much food you realistically need to avoid cooking too much. Make a list based on your plan, and use it while grocery shopping. Buy food and other holiday necessities in bulk, if possible, to reduce packaging  More»

How to Prevent Salmonella Infection

Salmonella bacteria can be found in many different places and in a variety of animal species. Salmonella can most frequently be found in foods such as raw meats, particularly poultry. It can also be transferred to soil, water, and kitchen surfaces through contamination. Read on to find out more about salmonella and how to prevent salmonella infection. Symptoms of Salmonella Infection Salmonella  More»