Okaloosa County Gardening Programs to Hold Two Clinics

June 6, 2019

Walk-in Plant Clinic

Friday, June 14, 9am-Noon
UF/IFAS Extension Okaloosa County Annex
127 Hollywood Blvd NW
Fort Walton Beach, FL

UF/IFAS Extension Okaloosa County Horticultural Agent Larry Williams and a team of Master Gardener volunteers will be at the monthly Plant Clinic on Friday, June 14, 9:00 a.m. to noon at the County Extension Annex, 127 Hollywood Boulevard NW, Fort Walton Beach.

The clinic provides a place to bring samples of lawn, landscape, and garden plants for diagnosis, including weeds and insects for identification. To participate, bring a fresh sample of the weed, plant, insect, etc., to the clinic. This may include a plant stem with several leaves, a 4-inch square of grass with roots attached, etc.

You also may bring a sample of soil for pH testing. Collect a representative sample using a clean shovel, trowel, or soil probe by taking thin slices or cores of soil to a depth of six to eight inches, from ten different spots throughout the plant bed, lawn, or garden. Thoroughly mix all the small soil slices/cores together in a clean bucket. Place one to two cups of this mixture in a closable plastic bag or small throwaway plastic container and bring to the clinic for testing. Attach a slip of paper with your name, phone number, and where the sample was taken (e.g. lawn, vegetable garden, flowerbed, etc.).

Raised-bed Gardening Lecture

Wednesday, June 19, 10-11am
UF/IFAS Extension Okaloosa County
3098 Airport Road
Crestview, FL

On Wednesday, June 19 from 10-11am at the Okaloosa County Extension Office in Crestview, the Okaloosa County Master Gardener volunteers will offer a free lecture on raised-bed gardening.

Learn the ins and outs of raised bed gardening using the square-foot gardening technique. Grow more in less space while saving your sanity. Master Gardener Volunteer Marg Stewart will share small-space techniques such as succession planting and vertical supports, ensuring that every square inch of space is used.

Seating is limited for this seminar at 3098 Airport Road, Crestview, 32539 and reservations are required. Please call the UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension Office at 850-689-5850 or email achisholm@myokaloosa.com to reserve your seat.

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