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  • SBTPS August 2015
    Seminole bromeliad and tropical plant sale August 2015
    The Seminole Bromeliad and Tropical Plant Society will be holding their semi-annual plant sale this coming weekend, August 15 and 16, 2015. It is one of the largest sales of its kind in Central Florida, drawing plant enthusiasts from throughout...
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    August gardening
    August is often considered the start of the Central Florida gardening season. Even though your garden should already be full of heat-tolerant vegetables and perennial crops, now is the time to be thinking about the next season. Most warm-season...
  • Herbs
    July gardening
    The heat is on in the garden this month, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to do. Get your physical work done early in the morning so you can sit in the shade in the afternoon while admiring the beauty of your garden.Celosia, coleus...
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    DIY Cleaning Supplies
    Household cleaners are expensive and often contain many harmful chemicals that you don't want to expose your family to. Here are a few ideas that can have your house looking spiffy and fresh at half the cost and zero the chemicals.A few basic...
  • A Vote of “No Confidence” in the FDA
    A Vote of “No Confidence” in the FDA
    The food and drug administration has been policing what is good for us since 1848. Lewis Caleb Beck ran chemical studies of agricultural products to determine the safety of the consumer until the enactment of the 1906 pure food and drugs act...
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    June gardening
    The summer heat has arrived in Central Florida and you can expect it to stick around for the next several months. Daytime temperatures for June are typically in the low to mid-90s and nights are usually around 72° Fahrenheit.Even sun-loving...
  • 10 Household Uses for Lemons
    Lemons: 10 surprising household uses that you may not know about
    Many of you have most likely heard the phrase, “When life gives you lemons make lemonade.” For those of you who haven’t heard of this it is basically a phrase that is used to encourage optimism. It is something people say when...
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    May gardening
    Summer-like temperatures arrive in Central Florida by the end of the month, and your spring garden should be yielding an abundance of produce by now. Irrigation is critical for plants that are flowering or fruiting if sufficient rainfall doesn'...
  • spring plant sale
    Seminole bromeliad and tropical plant sale April 2015
    The Seminole Bromeliad and Tropical Plant Society will be holding their semi-annualplant salethis coming weekend, April 18 and 19, 2015. It is one of the largest sales of its kind in Central Florida, drawing plant enthusiasts from throughout the...
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    April gardening
    April is the month when temperatures really start to heat up in Central Florida, but the rainy season hasn't arrived yet. Keep an eye on your plants and irrigate when they show signs of water stress.Many native wildflowers are in bloom this...
  • vegetable varieties
    What is an heirloom?
    There is an increasing awareness these days about the value of heirloom vegetables, yet many people are unclear about what qualities classify a variety as “heirloom”. Even some seed vendors incorrectly label their products.The biggest...
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    March gardening
    Spring weather has arrived, and it's time to get outside and plant something. This month typically consists of warmer days and not much rainfall. Be sure to irrigate when new plants start to show signs of water stress.Colorful cool-season...
  • Wills Garden Hints cards
    Household Hints Cigarette Cards-1936 (Nos. 6-10)
    This is the second in a series about DIY household hints collectibles vintage cards.HistoryWD & HOWillsCompany was started by Henry Overton Wills (1761-1826), who began a shop in Castle Street, Bristol in 1786.He traded as Wills, Watkins &...
  • Frozen plants
    After the freeze, how to care for your plants
    When your garden and landscape get hit by cold weather, you may be tempted to immediately start a major cleanup of frozen plant material. Don't!After a hard freeze, most landscapes will contain some specimens that appear brown and dried. Even...
  • Freezing
    Gardening alert: Freeze forecast for Central Florida
    Temperatures are expected to plunge near freezing overnight Wednesday. The forecast is even worse the following night, as temperatures are expected to drop into the upper 20s for much of the region late Thursday and into Friday morning.The...
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