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Florida Arbor Day
Florida Arbor Day

There’s an old adage that goes “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is right now.” That’s the idea and spirit that led to founding Arbor Day over 150 years ago. The United States and many other countries celebrate the holiday in April...

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Treats for Bringing in the New Year
Treats for Bringing in the New Year

If you’re like most of us, you can’t wait 'til we can finally bid 2020 goodbye. While nothing will magically change at the stroke of midnight, it just feels good to move on, even symbolically. Just like it was this year for Thanksgiving and Christmas, most of us won’t...

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Christmas: Hope for Tomorrow
Christmas: Hope for Tomorrow

Sometime around 2000 years ago, in a distant Middle Eastern country, a humble baby was born in a stable. He was wrapped in strips of cloth, cradled in a cattle trough, and visited by the some of the lowliest people in the region. A dozen, maybe two, witnessed the...

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Bugs in your Christmas Tree?
Bugs in your Christmas Tree?

It’s a time-honored tradition in many Gulf Coast Florida families. Sometime after Thanksgiving, you head down to the tree farm lot and pick out your Christmas tree. Sure, we’d like to go out and cut our own, but that’s just not possible in the Sunshine State. You pay,...

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Is there a Queen in your Attic?
Is there a Queen in your Attic?

It looks like we’ve finally hit winter here on the Gulf Coast of Florida, with temperatures dipping into the 40’s and low 50’s. It’s a nice break from the unseasonably warm weather and all those tropical storms! However, now we must be on the lookout for certain...

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The Notorious Kudzu Bug
The Notorious Kudzu Bug

Sometimes we get so used to seeing an invasive species that we forget that it’s not native to the Sunshine State – or even the United States! We’ve looked at several over the past couple of months – ladybugs, red imported fire ants, southern flannel moth caterpillars...

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Giving Thanks Today and Always
Giving Thanks Today and Always

The last couple weeks of November is probably our third favorite time of the year. On Easter, we honor Jesus' sacrifice on the cross and subsequent resurrection that brought us redemption and new beginnings. Creation, of course, echoes that new start. Christmas, as...

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Ladybugs – Good Luck or Good Riddance?
Ladybugs – Good Luck or Good Riddance?

You’ve probably heard the saying that ladybugs are good luck. And that was certainly true for farmers over 100 years ago when the US Department of Agriculture imported thousands of Coccinella septempunctata into our country. The seven-spotted species, also known as...

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Scorpio? or Scorpions?
Scorpio? or Scorpions?

Thousands of years ago, the Babylonians looked up into the sky and made up stories about the stars as they saw them representing their pantheon of deities. Many of the constellations we still point to in the night sky came from those stories. But not all of the...

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