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drip sprinkler Water Your Lawn Wisely

Did you remember to set your irrigation controller to water up to twice a week now that we are in Daylight Savings Time? Did you check your irrigation system to see if it needs some adjustment? Are you applying 3/4" - 1" of water per week? Do you have a working rain sensor? Remember, lawns do not guzzle water, they use what they need and the rest is wasted so don't over water your lawn. More...

Plant Fair Introduction to the Master Gardener Volunteer Program: April 29th
9:00am - 11:30am

Do you want to be a Master Gardener Volunteer but don't know much about what is expected? Do you like to help others? To find out more about the program, select this link.

scentless plant bugs"Golden Raintree" Bugs

These brightly-colored insects--also called "goldenrain tree bugs"--are harmless to people and plants. More...

Irrigation sprinkler Urban Irrigation Tool

You've heard us say not to water when it's not needed. Now we give you a tool to figure out exactly when to water. More...

Air Potato Leaf Beetles Air Potato Leaf Beetles

For now, the beetles are only being released on public lands and research sites (such as county and state parks), where the beetle populations can be monitored. However, you may request beetles by completeing this form and send it to the office indicated.

tough timesManaging in Tough Times

Follow these guidelines for successful money management during these tough financial times. More...

Landscape Planning Your Landscape

Water conservation can be especially easy if you design it into your landscape from the start. More...

Holding money Saving Money

Saving money seems simple, but setting money aside can be difficult in practice. Here are our tips. More...

Stokes aster Florida-Friendly Landscaping™

Florida-friendly landscapes are all about using "Right Plant in the Right Place" to use less water and fertilizer, which also means less money. More...

Butterfly Water for Wildlife

You can help out birds, frogs, butterflies, lizards, and more with a few well-placed sources of fresh, clean water. More...

teach Get Involved with 4-H

Join a 4-H club, or volunteer with us! Volunteers are the key to providing 4-H programs for youth. More...

Using a credit card Credit Scores & Reports

Tracking your credit scores and reports lets you keep on top of your credit history and any bad credit you may have. More...

Weather Weather Resources

Look here for sources for weather reports and climate information for residents and agricultural producers in Florida. More...

Vegetable GardenFlorida Vegetable Garden Guide

Are you using the best varieties of vegetables that grow well in Florida? Check out this listing on pages 9-11. Also includes the Orange County Warm Season/Cool Season Planting Charts. Get the Guide...

Garden hose Reclaimed Water FAQ

Unlike "grey water," reclaimed water has been treated and has many uses. Is it safe for the vegetable garden? Read question #10 in this FAQ. More...

OCCG Logo So You Want to Start A Community Garden

It is a great way to bring the community together to develop friendships, healthy lifestyle habits, save money, and for those intergenerational gardens that involve both youth and adults—build lifeskills in youth. Get a copy of the "Orange County Community Gardener's Guide". More...

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