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RECENT & REVISED PUBLICATIONS

Reclaimed Water in Your Florida-Friendly Edible Landscape

EP628/ENH1364by Terra Freeman, Tiare Silvasy, Yilin Zhuang, and Esen MomolJanuary 10th, 2023Reclaimed water plays a significant role in water conservation, a goal of every Florida-Friendly Landscape. However, using reclaimed water on plants harvested and consumed from the home landscape must be approached with caution for vegetables, fruit trees, herbs, and other edible crops due to the risk of contamination from pathogens and salts. Before using reclaimed water in your Florida-Friendly edible garden, it is important to have a clear understanding of what it is and how it can be safely used. The target audience for this new 4-page publication of the UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture Department is Florida residents who irrigate landscapes, including edibles, with reclaimed water. Written by Terra Freeman, Tiare Silvasy, Yilin Zhuang, and Esen Momol.Critical Issue: Water Quality and Conservation

A Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Approach to Pest Management in Your Edible Landscape

EP629/ENH1365by Tina McIntyre, Rachel Gutner, Hamutahl Cohen, Tiare Silvasy, and Esen MomolJanuary 9th, 2023This new 8-page publication of the UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture Department defines different types of pests that a home gardener might encounter and encourages diversifying landscapes as a solution to pest problems. It focuses on what is called “the triangle” of IPM, a guide to managing pests using multiple methods, and provides examples of Integrated Pest Management tools that can be applied in the home context to address these pests. Several links to resources relevant to edible Florida-Friendly landscapes are included. Written by Tina McIntyre, Rachel Gutner, Hamutahl Cohen, Tiare Silvasy, and Esen Momol.Critical Issue: Water Quality and Conservation

Rethinking Wildlife in Your Florida-Friendly Edible Landscape

EP630/ENH1366by Tina McIntyre, Hamutahl Cohen, Rachel Gutner, Tiare Silvasy, and Esen MomolJanuary 9th, 2023Considering wildlife in your edible landscape can be a complex challenge. Although wild animals can cause crop damage, this may not be a conflict that has to be addressed. This new 5-page publication of the UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture Department provides a useful decision tree that helps users make choices regarding the species in their managed area. Our goal is to help the gardener become more accepting of wildlife among edible crops and coexist in a shared environment. Written by Tina McIntyre, Hamutahl Cohen, Rachel Gutner, Tiare Silvasy, and Esen Momol.Critical Issue: Water Quality and Conservation

Common Poisonous Weed and Invasive Plant Species in Florida Residential Landscapes

EP631/ENH1367by Yuvraj Khamare and Chris MarbleDecember 12th, 2022This new 10-page publication of the UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture Department is intended to inform home gardeners, pest management professionals, and other plant enthusiasts of some of the most common poisonous invasive plants or weed species common in home landscapes in Florida, with particular focus on species that could potentially cause harm if ingested. Written by Yuvraj Khamare and Chris Marble.Critical Issue: Agricultural and Food Systems

A Beginner’s Guide to Begonias: Begonia rex-cultorum

EP632/ENH1368by Julian Ginori, Heqiang Huo, and David NormanDecember 11th, 2022Rex begonias are spectacular rhizomatous perennials famous for their variegated, colorful foliage and ease of growth. Rex begonias are well suited for hanging baskets, windowsills, or houseplants. In more tropical climates, like Florida, rex begonias can also be found adding vibrant foliage and dimension to landscapes. This new 3-page publication of the UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture Department is meant for Florida homeowners and horticulturalists interested in learning more about begonias.Critical Issue: Agricultural and Food Systems