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Author: host Created: 4/16/2009 7:27 PM
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By host on 10/25/2009 5:36 PM

Roselle calyces -- click to enlarge imageHibiscus sabdariffa commonly known as roselle, rosella, Florida cranberry, Indian sorrel, Jamaican sorrel, and Flor de Jamaica is a beautiful, useful and tasty Read More »

By host on 10/25/2009 3:35 PM

3 pea-sized black seeds inside having a perfect cream-colored heartCardiospermum halicacabum -- common names: Balloon vine, Love in a puff, Heartseed, or Heartseed vine. This fast growing vine will reach up to 10 feet in one season. It has tendrils which grab and...

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By host on 10/4/2009 3:45 PM

Full disclosure: Dr. George Rogers of the Palm Beach Community College Department of Horticulture e-mailed FloridaGardener.com to inquire if he could purchase advertising space on the website to bring attention to a new plant manual authored by the faculty, staff, and students of Palm Beach Community College. He was not sure he could afford to pay for the advertisement, but as owner of FloridaGardener.com (and a proud PBCC alumnus), I made him an offer – if he provided an article introducing the manual and sent me a copy of the manual for review, I would post his article, provide a banner ad linking to where the manual may be purchased and would write and post my own review of the manual after receiving a copy of it. So a deal was struck, my review of < Read More »

By host on 9/22/2009 7:05 PM

Landscape Plants for South Florida; A Manual for Gardeners, Landscapers & HomeownersThe prospect of sitting down and writing a book is no doubt daunting.  Typing the first page must resemble the first step of that proverbial thousand-mile journey.   But at Palm Beach Community College we did not deliberately set out on a big hike.  There's a different path---when a book emerges "poof" like magic from everyday activity.  PBCC's "Landscape Plants for South Florida" sprouted with no bookish aspirations a decade ago with a reali Read More »

By host on 9/20/2009 7:08 PM

FloridaGardener's Fried OkraI have been collecting Okra pods from my garden over the past week and ended up with about a pound of them to cook with today. I have only nine mature plants right now which is why it took me all week to collect those pods. I have since expanded the number of okra plants in my garden which I hope will grow more of this veggie before the summer okra growing season is over!
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By host on 9/7/2009 3:15 PM

Humans' Door and Faeries' DoorI installed a Faerie Door. What is a Faerie Door you ask? Well if you know what a Faerie is and you know what a door is, you essentially have the answer to your question. A Faerie Door is, of course, an entrance for Faeries to your home.

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By host on 8/29/2009 5:48 PM

Hoverfly, Drone Fly, Flower Fly -- Click to enlargeHoverflies aka Flower Flies, or in this case Drone-Fly (Syrphidae) are characteristically known for their mimicry of bees, wasps or bumblebees, they have the same the bright colors and sometimes dense hair covering of bumblebees, but are completely defenseless. Flower flies cannot sting. Their specialty is hovering like humming birds, but they are also very fast and maneuverable flyers.

The larva of the Drone-Fly feeds on decaying organic material in stagnant water in small ponds, ditches and drains, pools around manure piles, sewage, and similar places containing water badly polluted with organic matter. Such water usually contains little or no oxygen and ... Read More »

By host on 8/29/2009 4:59 PM

Brahminy Blind Snake, Ramphotyphlops braminus

I was in my garden today pulling some weeds and puttering around when I lifted a spare bag of mulch and found a worm-like critter underneath the bag, just on top of the soil.

At first glance I thought it was another worm (my yard is blessed with many since I am not a proponent of poisoning the ground with “‘icides”). But, it was much darker than an earthworm and moved more like a snake.

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By host on 8/29/2009 3:29 PM

Wine Bottle Torch in action. Click to enlarge.This is a quick and inexpensive (around $25-bucks, less if you can scrounge-up some of the parts) project that repurposes an empty wine bottle. Plus it’s a great way to add some evening ambiance to your garden and possibly keep away mosquitoes.

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By host on 8/26/2009 8:36 PM

Zucchinischnitten

Here is a recipe I found while reading my German Garden magazine Flora Garten vol. 8/2009

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