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Gardening | What is soil?

By Master Gardener Lesley Arrandale
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This seems like a simple question, but it’s an important one, because soil — rather than “dirt” — can be considered the basis of all life. Whether it is the sands of the sea shore and deserts, or the thick alluvial muds of grand rivers like the Mississippi, soils harbor and support millions of tiny organisms or microbes — animal, vegetable, and fungal. They form a community of creatures that we are oblivious to, but which are vital to soil fertility and its ability to support the plant life on which we depend.

Gardening | Summertime … Says it All

By Master Gardener Lesley Arrandale
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Boy, has it been hot! Across the country high temperatures are breaking records. On a positive note, there is the potential for an El Nino weather pattern to build, so the hurricane season in the Atlantic could be less active than usual (https://tinyurl.com/yaxsllv4).

Gardening | Here we go again

By Master Gardener Lesley Arrandale
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Summer rains arrived early this year, in the form of Subtropical Storm Alberto. It is now officially the hurricane season, and as always, we need to be as prepared as possible, with supplies in hand and an evacuation plan in the event of a potential major impact.

Gardening | Weeds or Wildflowers?

By Master Gardener Lesley Arrandale
mail@floridanewsline.com

It’s a truism that weeds are simply plants in the wrong place, and it comes to mind especially now as spring is shifting gears to summer. It’s a time of rapid green growth, and before we know it, our beds can be overrun with weeds.

Gardening | Summer is coming

By Master Gardener Lesley Arrandale
mail@floridanewsline.com

Taking a look at the Climate Prediction Center on the NOAA website (http://www.cpc.noaa.gov/), it seems we may escape drought conditions, at least for the next couple of months. Unfortunately, also according to NOAA, we are likely to experience higher than normal temperatures.