Starting a Community Garden

Community Garden
A community garden is a great way to unite a group of people in a common goal. In addition to providing fresh herbs, vegetables, and fruit, community gardens can also increase self-esteem, beautify a neighborhood, and create and opportunity for socializing and improving health. This four-page fact sheet outlines the importance of community gardens and how to develop and manage a community garden. Written by Adrian Hunsberger, Eva C. Worden, and John McLaughlin, and published by the Environmental Horticulture Department.

Integrated Pest Management for Mosquito Reduction around Homes and Neighborhoods

Cover: Integrated Pest Management for Mosquito Reduction around Homes and NeighborhoodsThis 40-page publication describes how homeowners can use an integrated pest management (IPM) program to help decrease pesticide use, reduce the risk of contracting mosquito-borne diseases, and ease the financial burden on local governments responsible for area-wide control. Modern mosquito control emphasizes source reduction to eliminate areas where mosquitoes thrive; surveillance to determine whether pesticide applications are necessary; screening; sanitation; and other techniques described in this document. The methods recommended in this publication are particularly effective in reducing mosquitoes that transmit diseases. Homeowners who take responsibility for identifying and eliminating sources of mosquito production around their homes and neighborhoods will improve health and quality of life for all Florida residents. Written by C. R. Connelly, E. Bolles, D. Culbert, J. DeValerio, M. Donahoe, K. Gabel, R. Jordi, J. McLaughlin, A. S. Neal, S. Scalera, E. Toro, and J. Walter, and published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, September 2014.

HS1127/HS377 Cashew-Apple Fruit Growing in the Florida Home Landscape

HS-1127, an 11-page illustrated fact sheet by John McLaughlin, Carlos Balerdi and Jonathan Crane, describes this tropical fruit, suitable climate for optimum growth, propagation, production and spacing for the home landscape, soils, planting, care, and pruning, harvest, ripening, storage, and use and nutritional value of the cashew apple. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Horticultural Sciences, April 2008.