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UF/IFAS Extension
Monroe County

The Monroe County Extension Office is dedicated toward serving Monroe County by providing objective information to individuals, businesses, and agencies for better decision making and by creating programs and services that provide learning opportunities that empower people to improve their lives.

Contact

monroe@ifas.ufl.edu
(305) 292-4501
1100 Simonton St. Ste. 2-260
Key West, FL 33040

Hours

Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

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This Thanksgiving: Waste Not!
The Farm Bureau’s annual Thanksgiving price survey estimates that Thanksgiving Day accounts for $282 million of uneaten turkeys that end up in the trash. Added to our overall food consumption, we throw away 34 million tons of food each year

11/26/2019

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Florida Keys Plant Clinics
Each month, Monroe County Extension Service hosts numerous plant clinics throughout the Florida Keys. This is an opportunity for residents to bring in plant or insect samples for identification, ask questions about what to grow here in zone 11, talk with Master Gardner volunteers about proper planting practices, or discuss any problems in the landscape

11/19/2019

Herbicide Damage to Woody Plants
What is killing my trees? This has been a common thread of some calls our office, and other departments within the County, have received recently. Distorted growth, severe stunting, and shoot proliferation have all been reported on mature Gumbo Limbo’s and Buttonwoods

08/23/2019

Red Berries for Holiday Decorations
Holiday decorations can be made from many different kinds of greenery and berries. Instead of buying fake plastic decorations, consider growing your own

12/11/2019

Gardeners Beware! Milkweed Toxicity
As gardeners, we are aware of skin irritations due to contact from plants such as, Poisonwood (Metopium toxiferum), and Manchineel (Hippomane mancinella), found right in our Florida Keys backyards. But, the eyes, the eyes! Corneal Endothelial Toxicity, a toxicity that affects the inner most layer of the cornea and can cause symptoms such as light sensitivity, blurred vision, and extreme pain, is possible when working with

10/22/2019

Attracting Birds in the Keys
Here in the beautiful Florida Keys, we have no shortage of tidal shoreline and coastal landscapes, in addition to some unique natural habitats. This provides a fantastic opportunity to observe many of nature’s beautiful creatures

10/08/2019

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    Herbicide Damage to Woody Plants
    What is killing my trees? This has been a common thread of some calls our office, and other departments within the County, have received recently. Distorted growth, severe stunting, and shoot proliferation have all been reported on mature Gumbo Limbo’s and Buttonwoods

    08/23/2019

    COMPOST-RECYCLE YOUR WASTE
    This week is International Compost Awareness Week. Much of what we throw away in our garbage or put out as yard waste could be recycled right on our own property

    05/09/2019