Plants and markets
• Tasty Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday in the courtyard at New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St. Local organic growers sell seasonal produce and plant-based goods. (727) 853-1265.
• Fresh Friday Night Market, 5 to 9 p.m. the first Friday of the month at Railroad Square in downtown New Port Richey (on Nebraska Avenue between Grand Boulevard and Adams Street). Vendors sell produce, plants and specialty foods such as fish, meat, cheese, baked goods, jelly and jam, honey, nuts, coffee and ethnic food. nprmainstreet.com.
• Fresh Market at Wiregrass, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. Features produce, Florida-grown plants and locally made jams, salsas, seasonings and sauces, plus the works of local artists. tampabaymarkets.com.
• Suncoast Co-op offers fresh, locally grown, chemical-free produce. Register at suncoastcoop.locallygrown.net to place your order; orders may be picked up from noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 4131 Madison St., New Port Richey. The Suncoast Cafe, open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the ReStore, serves locally roasted organic coffee, homemade teas and baked goods.
• Hernando County Farmers Market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at 2450 U.S. 19, Spring Hill. (352) 232-4241; hernandocountyfarmersmarket.webs.com.
• Spring Hill Garden Club's Plant Nursery is open for plant sales from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays and Mondays at 1489 Parker Ave., off Spring Hill Drive (four-tenths of a mile from U.S. 19). Local plants for sale; people may also visit the nearby Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, the "best kept secret in Hernando County," which is open daily from sunup to sundown. (352) 683-9933; naturecoastgardens.com.
• Common Garden Insects, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Hernando County Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. Beneficial insects keep pests under control, while others coexist harmlessly. Learn how to identify good and bad bugs. For information, call Sylvia Durell at (352) 540-6230.
• Dooryard Citrus 101, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 14 at Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. University of Florida citrus expert Jamie Burrow discusses planting citrus, basic care, an introduction to pests and diseases and a brief history of the Florida citrus industry. Register online for the free seminar at pasco.ifas.ufl.edu. For information, call Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.
• What is Florida-Friendly Landscaping?, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 25 at Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. The primary Florida-Friendly Landscaping principle is "right plant, right place," which means choosing plants that use less water, pesticides and fertilizer. Learn how your landscape can be beautiful and healthy by implementing the nine FFL principles. For information, call Sylvia Durell at (352) 540-6230.
• Hydroponics, 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 28 at Home Depot, 10017 U.S. 19, Port Richey. Discover secrets to success with growing hydroponically. Basic start-up equipment and care will be shared. Register online for the free seminar at pasco.ifas.ufl.edu. For information, call Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.
• Drip Irrigation, 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 26 at Home Depot, 10017 U.S. 19, Port Richey. Discover how to select, install and maintain a drip irrigation system. Register online for the free seminar at pasco.ifas.ufl.edu. For information, call Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.