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Florida Matters: Residential Landscaping Trends

This Florida Matters segment originally aired on June 28, 2016.

A massive fish kill in the Indian River Lagoon in spring has been linked to fertilizer use, and with growing concerns about pesticides and where food comes from, more people are growing their own produce right in their own yard. 

This "edible landscaping" has become the basis for some businesses.

WUSF's Daylina Miller takes us to a farm in Spring Hill where a landscaping business grows loquat trees, lettuce and more to sell to Floridians in the Tampa Bay and beyond.  

Then Florida Matters Host Robin Sussingham talks with Stephen Gran, the Hillsborough County Extension Director, and Eric Stewart, the manager of a Habitat for Humanity garden project in New Port Richey. They help us sort out best practices for healthy, interesting and even edible home landscapes.

You can listen to the show at 6:30 p.m. EST Tuesday, June 28 on WUSF 89.7 FM or stream it on wusf.org


Stephen Gran, the Hillsborough County Extension Director. Coordinates and supports the staff and services of UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension.

Eric Stewart, the manager of the Habitat for Humanity garden project in New Port Richey and a proponent and teacher of edible landscaping.

Resources referenced in show:

Hillsborough County Extension Office - workshops, lectures and information on locals 4-H youth development, agriculture, family and consumer sciences, forestry, lawn and garden and professional horticulture

Tasty Tuesdays in New Port Richey

Buying seeds:

Johnny's Selected Seeds - Superior Seeds & Gardening Tools

Kitazawa Seed Company: Asian Vegetable Seeds

Robin is Senior Editor at WUSF, spearheading the station's podcasting initiatives and helping to guide the vision for special reporting projects and creative storytelling. She created The Zest, the station's podcast that's all about food, which she continues to host and serve as senior producer.
Daylina Miller is a multimedia journalist covering health and general news for WUSF and Health News Florida, a statewide reporting collaborative with other public radio stations.