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UF/IFAS Extension
Sumter County

The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Sumter County is a Federal, State, and County government partnership for the purpose of providing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences to the public.

7620 SR 471 Suite 2
Bushnell, Florida 33513-8716


Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

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Ornery Plants for Your Garden
Just recently, I received a great plant from a volunteer – a sharp and pointy agave, large but in its infancy.  Despite its young age, it is still an ornery plant for the garden


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‘Near Normal’ Hurricane Season Means Take All Precautions
The 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1. Are you ready? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a "near normal" Atlantic Hurricane Season this year


UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Applications Being Accepted in Sumter County
Applications are now being accepted for the UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County Master Gardener Volunteer Program for the 2023 class.  Have you always wanted to be Master Gardener Volunteer?  Now is the time to apply through July 15, 2023!   When are Classes and What do we Learn? Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 9 am to 3:30 pm, September 6 through December 6, 2023, and will be held at the


Hummingbirds Flying In
Hummingbirds can surprise us in the plants that they visit for nectar.  Just this past week, I sat out on my front patio area enjoying the evening


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    Creating Compost from Piles and Worms
    Many years ago, when my daughter was in middle school, she bought an interesting gift for my birthday that perhaps only a child of an Extension agent would purchase – worm castings!  What made the gift thoughtful is that I actually possessed in my kitchen at the time a gray plastic bin of red wiggler worms (Eisenia foedita) composting my food scraps.  That lovely gift was included in transplanted container plantings which thrived


    Create Containers for the Seasons
    Many of us love to garden or have had gardens we have loved over the years. Entire gardens can be a lot of work and can be expensive especially if you are paying someone else to do it!  While I work on a thoughtful design for layout and plantings for my back yard, my energy has been focused on container gardens