Friday, September 2, 2016

Master Gardener Plant Fair
Join us for a PLANT FAIR on Saturday, October 8th, 9:00 AM at the UF/IFAS Extension Orange County property. Vendors, educational events, kids activities, plants on sale and more ...

http://orange.ifas.ufl.edu/mg/pdffiles/PlantFairFlyer.pdf

Friday, May 15, 2015

Dirt to Dinner Workshop July - August 2015

Use the summer months, between growing seasons, to plan your home garden. Learn to grow, preserve and prepare fresh, safe, healthy Florida Foods. Topics include soil composting, insects and pests, organics, container gardening, square foot gardening, safe food preservation, storage, nutrition and food preparation.

The dates are July 21, 28, and August 4, 11, 18, 25 - 2015. Location: classrooms and demonstration vegetable garden at UF/IFAS Extension Service Orange County, 6021. S. Conway Rd., Orlando, FL 32812
 
To register go online to http://orangecountyifas.eventbrite.com .Deadline to register is July 7th.  Minimum to hold class is 15 ‐ maximum is 25.  Register early as the class fills up fast!  Registration is $50. (407) 254-9200.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder?

Sorry that it has been over a year since the last post.  I am guessing anyone who was following this blog has long gone and may not return.  I am saddened by this possiblility.

What has happened in the interim?

View our Annual Report and you will see that we were not idle:  http://orange.ifas.ufl.edu/oces_pdffiles/OC%20Extension%202012%20Annual%20Report.pdf

A complete 9-month vegetable gardening season has come and gone.  We are once more in the rainy season.  With all the challenges of high temperatures, high humidity, native fungal spore bouncing around in the rain droplets, it is time to rest from the vegetable gardening activities of growing and harvesting vegetables. 

Now we should concentrate about how we will do better next gardening season.  Repair all structures and tools used in the garden.  Replish the soil with organic matter to build structure and add organisms that will help grow healthier plants. 

Yes, we did experience nematodes on Okra and Tomatoes so we are solarizing a couple of garden beds now.  It will that about six weeks.  We cleaned up the garden bed, removed all old plant material and weeds.  Then we added organic matter to the soil in the garden beds and mixed it into the top 6" of soil; raked it level, watered the beds well and then covered them with clear, 6-mil plastic.  We then sealed in the edges with soil from the surrounding area to keep air from getting under the plastic.  In mid-August, we will remove the plastic and all the weed that grew during the solarization process.  We will add more compost, some fertilizer and get our plants/seeds into the garden.

The Exploration Gardens at UF/IFAS Extension Service in Orange County has "flowered" in the best ways.  The butterfly garden is teeming with many different butterflies.  Some spill over into the Homeowner and Small Farms Demonstration Garden --- notably, the Parsely is very sparse now. 
The "warm season" vegetables are almost gone from the garden.  We have tropical vegetables of Chayote, Seminole Pumpkin and Cassava growing very nicely as well as the thornless Blackberries along the back fencing.  The Bog Garden is true to it's name with water almost standing daily with the frequent afternoon rains.  We measured 2.08" of rain since Wednesday.  The plants particularly selected because of this feature (poorly draining/compacted soil) haven't looked this good in some time.

A new Master Gardener Volunteer Training program is about to begin.  We have 32 candidates and hope to get all of them in the class that will start in September.

Hurricane season is into it's second month.  Do you have a plan that you have shared with your loved ones yet?  Do you have an out of state telephone number that everyone knows to call so the word can get around that you are OK no matter what else is going on?  Here are more tips:  http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/hot_topics/disaster_prep/hurricane_prep_fc.html

We will continue this later but for now, we are back and hope to hear from you all again soon.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Master Gardener Plant Fair

Join us for a PLANT FAIR on Saturday, March 31, 2012 9:00 AM at the Orange County Extension Education Center. Vendors, educational events, kids activities, plants on sale and more ...

http://orange.ifas.ufl.edu/mg/pdffiles/2012%20Plant%20Fair%20Events%20.pdf

Dirt to Dinner - Summer Series


Use the summer months, between growing seasons, to plan your home garden.  Learn to grow, preserve and prepare fresh, safe, healthy Florida Foods. Topics include soil composting, insects and pests, organics, container gardening, square foot gardening, safe food preservation, storage, nutrition and food preparation.  The dates are July 13, 20, 27 and August 3, 10, 17. 
To register go online to
Deadline to register is July 6th.
Minimum to hold class is 15 ‐ maximum is 25.

 
 
Register early as the class fills up fast!
http://dirt2dinner.eventbrite.com.  Registration is $50.

Urban Farming Workshop

Urban Farming Workshop, Orange County Extension Education Center, March 21st, 2012
Topics covered this year include small poultry flocks, Florida's Cottage Food Law (homemade food sales), Blueberries, Aquaponics, Alternative ground covers and a field techniques tour. For more information: http://orange.ifas.ufl.edu/UF_workshop/pdffiles/Urban%20Farming%20Workshop%202012.pdf

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dirt to Dinner - Winter Series


Interested in vegetable gardening and nutrition the the new six weeks series called "Dirt to Dinner" may be for you.  The series will be taught on Thursdays, from 9am - noon at the Orange County Extension Education Center.  The dates are January 5, 12, 19 and February 2, 9, 16. 

The cost for the six week series is $50 per household.  Class size is limited to 25 families. 

Come learn about growing and eating your own vegetables from your Florida backyard. 

To register and prepay for the class, visit our offices at 6021 Conway Rd., Orlando, FL 32812.  For questions, please call 407 254 9200 and ask to speak to someone about the "Dirt to Dinner" program series.