Gardening in general

Gardeners have two special events in the region this weekend: the Apalachicola Home and Garden Symposium and Tour on Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4, and the Tallahassee Area Rose Society tour of rose gardens on Sunday afternoon, May 5. Admission costs vary to the different events in Apalachicola, including the Friday luncheon featuring Ms. Grow-It-All as speaker, but the rose garden tour is free. Check the Garden Calendar at http://www.msgrowitall.com/Calendar for details.

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Squirrels are cute little critters, scampering about the yard, chasing each other,

gathering acorns and other nuts to stash them for the winter. They’re also destructive little devils, digging up the bulbs you carefully planted, poking holes in your lawn, chewing the wooden trim on your porch.

A big part of the problem is over-development, which has shrunk the squirrels’ habitat, so you have a lot of them in a small geographic area. We had a real problem for a while in my Tallahassee neighborhood. I stood at my back door one day and counted more than 60 squirrels! Then, a hawk moved in a block away, and nature took its course.
I still have squirrels, just not an infestation. And I try to limit the damage they do: I wrap my bulbs in chicken wire before planting, grouping small and medium bulbs in threes and including only one large bulb in each wire sack. Position the sprouting end of the bulb so it’s facing one of the open spaces in the wire pattern.
You can also install a squirrel feeder, in the hopes that if they have enough to eat, they won’t cause as much trouble. A gardener can dream.
The talented soul who created the photo-illustration of the Star Wars Squirrels surely was tuned in to the frustrations gardeners sometimes feel, so don’t feel too guilty about chuckling over it.

 

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First cold snap arrives; protect tender plants

October 29, 2012

The first cold spell of fall has arrived in the Tallahassee/Big Bend/Eastern Florida Panhandle region, and while it is not expected to freeze, the low temperatures forecast for tonight (37 degrees F., according to WFSU-FM) could damage tender plants left unprotected outdoors. If you have potted Christmas cacti that you’ve left outdoors since March, which […]

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Welcome to my blog!

September 16, 2012

Hello, and welcome to my gardening blog. According to Southern Living magazine, gardening is the No. 1 hobby in the United States. With a temperate climate and abundant rainfall most years, the southeastern United States is a great place to practice this hobby. I’m a certified Advanced Master Gardener with the University of Florida Institute of Food and […]

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