The Manatee County Extension Service is an educational program within county government which brings the resources of the University of Florida to Manatee County to solve local problems, provide educational opportunities, promote economic enhancement and improve the quality of life for all.
1303 17th Street West
Palmetto, FL 34221
Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm
Tips for Tracking Red Tide
For a quick list of links to current red tide conditions, scroll to the end! First published September 2018. Last updated July 19, 2021
It’s getting hot out there…protect yourself!
photo credit Jay Janner | American-Statesman Report shows 215 people died in Florida from heat-related causes in the last 10 years. Of the 215 people who died from heat-related reasons, the highest number of fatalities occurred in June, followed by July and August
What's Going on in Florida
Befriend the Beetle!
Sending sinuous tendrils forth, the air potato vine (Dioscorea bulblifera) can grow as much as 8 inches each day during our summer growing season. This invasive vine, considered one of the most aggressive invasive plants in Florida, can be found in natural areas, disturbed
A Boost for Hernando County’s Scallop Season
Over the last year, a team of volunteers worked hard to help give the bay scallop population off Hernando's coast a much-needed boost. These volunteers go by the name of "Scallop Sitters
Mush Ado About Nothing?
Mush Ado About Nothing? The promise of summer brings so many new curiosities to our landscapes. One of the most dramatic and surprising of these changes is the arrival of mushrooms in our environments
Winging our Way to Reading Success
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need”. -Cicero On June 5th, 2021 a group of Manatee County Master Gardener Volunteers came together with community members and library staff to install a pollinator garden at the public library in Palmetto, FL
Fruit Crops: Growing Grapes
Getting Started Fruit crops, like growing grapes, provide rewarding yields throughout the year when diversifying your plant selection. In other words, choose several types of fruit trees and different cultivars within each fruit tree type
Cover Crops: Benefits or Misfits?
Cover crops provide benefits to all types of growers, whether it's hay production, small or large, fruit or vegetable production, or home gardeners. Additionally, beekeepers can benefit from the use of cover crops since cover crops provide nectar and pollen resources for the honey bees