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Theresa Friday

The dog days of summer are approaching and along the Gulf Coast that means hot, wet weather. With more pleasant spring weather gone, gardeners are tempted to slow down, keep the grass mowed, and wait for fall. That would be a mistake because there are many summer activities that can lead to a more attractive and productive landscape and garden.

The Gulf fritillary is just one of the many species of butterflies that you can attract to the garden. Photo Credits: Theresa Friday, Santa Rosa County

Summer is a time when many of our plants will be stressed and have problems. This month's newsletter highlights several diseases and insect issues that you may want to keep an eye out for.

Summer is also a great time to go outside with the kids. Learn how you can go "wild" in your own backyard as well as handle some "wild" weeds.

Lastly, congratulations to the Northwest District Horticulture Program Implementation Team, Dr. Howard Beck and Dr. Pete Vergot. The Gardening in the Panhandle newsletter received national recognition from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA). It was the national winner in the team newsletter category. This award is presented to the finest example of Extension communication efforts from entries nationwide.