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With its warm, humid climate, abundant rainfall, and sandy soils, Florida presents unique challenges and unique opportunities for residents who enjoy gardening or just want to maintain a beautiful landscape. Whether you hope to grow your own vegetables, adorn the yard with gorgeous ornamentals, or simply keep your lawn neat and healthy, UF/IFAS Extension has resources that can help. If you’re interested in hands-on learning, UF/IFAS Extension county offices across the state hold classes led by experts who can help you develop a greener thumb.

Vegetable Gardening

Gardening is a great form of exercise and provides a great way to relax, which is good for your mental health. Plus, with fresh vegetables just a few steps away from the dinner table, it's more likely that you'll eat them every day. These days many people are concerned with eating food that's fresh, in season, and locally grown. Having your own vegetable garden is definitely the simplest way to ensure all three.

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Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) means using low-maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices. Learn how you can have a beautiful landscape that could save you time, energy and money while protecting our future. Find out more by contacting Gulf County Extension.

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Master Gardener Program

The Florida Master Gardener Program is a volunteer-driven program that benefits UF/IFAS Extension and the citizens of Florida. The program relies on dedicated volunteers who have an interest in gardening and in giving back to their communities.