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How Does YOUR Garden Grow?

Friday, January 15, 2016   /   by Extreme Home Selling Team

How Does YOUR Garden Grow?

GREEN THUMBDo you have a green thumb or a bruised thumb? We'd all like to think that of ourselves as fairly responsible plant parents with vivid green ferns and palms breathing life into the corners of our homes, adding wholesome color to nooks and crannies and generally decorating our world.

Here are some of the most important terms which one should be familiar as a new or seasoned Gardener...

Soil TEXTURE: This is simply the size ranges of the mineral particles that make up a particular soil. Defined in three basic classes like Clay (small), Silt (medium) and Sand (large). Very seldom is a soil purely one type so the description may read as sandy clay or silty clay. A soil with equal parts of each is called LOAM.

A soil that aggregates or clumps together into larger pieces is considered having STRUCTURE. Soil with poor structure leaves roots gasping for air. Good structure creates small pores to hold water and large pores to hold air. ORGANIC MATTER can help manage soil to give it better structure.

A FRIABLE soil gently crumbles when you squeeze it; TILTH is the physical condition as far as plants are concerned. WELL-DRAINED soil allows water to move through the soil reaching the root system.

Cultivation
CULTIVATION on one hand means to stir the soil, loosening the surface and kill weeds. On the other hand, it also means to carefully tend to plants, caring for them like a dear friendship.

LOCAL GARDENING CLASSES:
Florida Friendly Gardening 101
Nine Principles to beautify Landscape while protecting the environment.
Friday, January 15 10-11am at the Gulf Gate Library 7133 Curtiss Avenue; Sarasota
Free. Register online at sarasota.ifas.ufl.edu

Ground Covers: Plants That Work
Learn about Landscaping trend that uses low-growing ground cover requiring lottle or no water.
January 28 3-5pm at the South Manatee Library 6081 26th Street West Bradenton
Free. Register online at manatee.ifas.ufl.edu

Spring Vegetable Gardening
This class covers the basics, including soils and amendments.
February 6 9am-Noon Manatee County Agriculture & Extension Service 1303 17th Street West Palmetto
Free. Register online at manatee.ifas.ufl.edu

Rain BarrelsGrowing Edibles Locally
Learn to grow produce in your yard. Seeds & starter plants provided.
February 17 3:30-5pm at UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota
$10. Register online at sarasota.ifas.ufl.edu

Brown Bag Gardening Series: New to Florida?
Learn the basics of gardening in Florida.
February 18, Noon-1pm at the Garden of the Five Senses 4299 Pan American Blvd, North Port
Free. Call 941-421-2483 to learn more.

Rain Barrel Workshop
Find out how this tool can save water and money.
February 20 from 10-11am at Woodmere Park 3951 Woodmere Park Blvd, Venice
Free. Register online at sarasota.ifas.ufl.edu
Rain barrels for sale after class, $37 cash or check.

When you're ready to buy your next home and start your garden,
put the Experts on the Extreme Home Selling Team to work FOR YOU!


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