Blueberry Freeze Protection

Blueberries, like most temperate zone plants, become dormant during the winter, allowing them to survive the cold. As days become shorter and temperatures lower throughout the fall, blueberries’ growth slows and cold hardiness increases. While blueberries that become fully dormant don’t typically have serious damage from the cold, methods can still be taken to improve their chances of surviving. Passive Blueberry Freeze  More»

Canals and Levees and Everglades Ecology

Canals have crossed the Everglades since pre-Columbian times, but its modern canals are wider, deeper and hundreds of kilometers longer than any that existed previously. Because of their size and prominence, canals have shaped and changed the area’s ecology, water movement and recreational options. The canal and levee system simultaneously cuts off and connects the landscape. It can block surface water flow and wildfires,  More»

Dealing with Holiday Stress

It's the time of year for celebration, enjoying time with friends and family, and...stress. However, your holiday can be both fun and relaxing! Find out how to reduce your holiday stress this season with this Solutions for Your Life video. Photo credit: Fuse/Thinkstock  More»

Overseeding Florida Lawns for Winter Color

Lawns go dormant during late fall and early winter in many parts of Florida, resulting in brown lawns throughout the cold months. Homeowners may prefer green lawns, but there is nothing wrong with brown grass in the winter—it is a natural process. However, those wanting green lawns in the winter can use a practice known as overseeding. Overseeding involves seeding a temporary cool-season grass over the permanent warm-season lawn. The  More»

Is My Grocery List Sustainable?: Fruits and Nuts

Since most produce is available in grocery stores year-round, it’s hard to know if what you’re buying is in season in your region. Furthermore, just because something is locally in season doesn’t mean that it is sustainable in your region. What do I mean by sustainable in your region? According to IFAS researchers Drs. Peter Andersen, Jeffery Williamson, and Mercy Olmstead (2012), whether a crop is sustainable in a particular region  More»

Sulfites and Sulfite Sensitivity

Sulfites are chemical compounds added to certain foods to preserve color and freshness. Some examples of foods that often contain sulfites include condiments, dried fruit, and alcoholic beverages. According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), about one in 100 people is sensitive to sulfites. People with sulfite sensitivity experience mild to severe reactions to food containing sulfites. Though several US government agencies  More»