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Hernando County Extension Office October News

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on October 10, 2018

Volunteer Master Gardeners are available to answer your lawn and gardening questions at the UF/IFAS Hernando County Extension office. We can identify your insect pests and diseases and offer you research-based recommendations to help you have the beautiful lawn and garden you are looking for.

Upcoming Classes and Seminars

Chickens 101

Learn if raising chickens is for you or not! Attend the free class “Chickens 101” at the Spring Hill Library on Wednesday October 10, beginning at 10:30AM. Master Gardener Ali Baylor will be on hand to teach all the basics of having your own chickens, and information will be available on the rules and regulations on keeping chickens in Hernando County. Open to everyone and free of charge, this class will help you decide if having chickens is for you

The Top 10 Things Newcomers Need To Know About Their Florida Yard

Number 1 is: Forget everything you knew about gardening elsewhere! Join us to learn all the rest at Hernando County Utilities, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Wednesday October 24 @ 10:30AM by Lilly Browning.

Winter Vegetable Gardening

Participants will learn about cool season vegetables crops that grow well in our area and what it takes to make them thrive! West Hernando Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave. in Brooksville. Thursday November 1 @ 10:30AM by Master Gardener Jacki Robbins.

Trees! Marvelous Trees!

Participants will learn about trees native to our area and which ones will do best in their yard. Join Ken Morgan for a tree walk around the Conservation Center. Please dress appropriately for a walk in the woods. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road in Brooksville. Friday November 2 @ 10:00AM by Lilly Browning and Master Gardener Ken Morgan.

Now Available Pineland Lantana and other native plants

Native Lantana, aka Pineland Lantana (Lantana depressa) is a small low-growing plant with yellow flowers that prefers full sun. It is a low-maintainance, drought tolerant Florida native that attracts butterflies. It is now an endangered species.

The Master Gardener nursery has pineland lantana in 3-gallon containers for $6.00 each. These lantanas are great for full sun locations and are very drought tolerant. Nursery business hours are 9 to noon Wednesdays and Saturdays (weather permitting).  There are many native plants available at the Master Gardener Nursery, located at 9490 Oliver Street, Brooksville 34601, behind the Hernando County fairgrounds.

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