Florida Matters: Residential Landscaping Trends

Florida Matters: Residential Landscaping Trends
Florida Matters: Residential Landscaping Trends

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.

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


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Robin Sussingham

Robin Trohn Sussingham is a reporter and program host at WUSF Public Broadcasting, and is the producer of Florida Matters. She came to WUSF from public radio stations KUER and KCPW in Utah, has contributed stories to NPR and Marketplace, and also has an extensive background in print reporting. She was born in Lakeland and often reports about Polk County.

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