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In South Florida, a great time to start a vegetable garden is when the crisp fall air starts rolling in. Vegetables that thrive during Florida fall and winter include broccoli, lettuce, carrots, brussels sprouts, and radishes. While the rest of America is bundling up significantly, our definition of "crisp" is a comfortable 70 degrees.

Broccoli is very easy to grow in Florida. While it takes 80-100 days to mature, you can purchase transplants from gardening centers like the ones on the bottom of this article instead of starting from a seed. To ensure healthy plants, broccoli needs plenty of sunlight and nutrients from a fertilizer with nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium.

The perfect time to grow lettuce is during Florida winter, and the most

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It’s no secret that Palm Beach County is an ideal locale to reconnect with a loved one. It is a pretty spectacular setting for romance and family bonding time. The warmer days and cooler evening temperatures make for time with your loved one.  Everything from a waterfront dinner al fresco, perhaps U-Tiki, or the stereotypical long walk on the beach in the moonlight can create sparks. Stunning ocean views are the perfect backdrop to fall in love.

The romantic couple or family bonding moments can take place outdoors. Share something memorable. Keeping in mind that everyone’s idea of romance or family bonding is different. Quality time doesn’t have to be glitzy! Although it’s very nice, perhaps try something minimalistic like everything Palm Beach has to

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South Florida is a great place to live if you enjoy the outdoors. Everyone knows about our miles and miles of beaches and palm trees, but many don’t realize that South Florida also have some beautiful state parks. Here are two of our favorite state parks in South Florida.

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park in North Palm Beach boasts tangles of mangrove swamps, trails that meander through canopies of trees, and a vast walkway that traverses a lagoon – never mind almost two miles of unspoiled beach on the Atlantic Ocean.

Nestled on a barrier island, this is the only Florida state park in Palm Beach County. It also offers swimming, fishing, educational programs, special events, kayak rentals, and exceptional

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There’s nothing better than bringing your kids to a day at the zoo. It’s something they will love and, without even realizing it, learn from. If you live in South Florida, there are a lot of local options. Here are a few of our favorite South Florida zoos to visit with your kids.

The Monkey Jungle

The Monkey Jungle is in Miami so you can finally explore the rainforest without leaving South Florida. This tour allows you to get up close and personal with monkeys in their natural habitat, and you can even feed them. The cost is a bit steep at nearly $90 per person but with that comes a first-hand experience that many people feel is worth more than the price of admission.

McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary

McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary in West Palm

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The game offshore this weekend goes to sailfish, snappers, and gaffers. Sailfish are strong just in time for the Dust ‘Em Off Tournament, with releases in the double digits off of Palm Beach. Kite fishing with live goggle-eyes or blue runners in 100-300’ should entice a few sails. While dolphin schoolies are abundant, a few gaffers have been chasing ballyhoo and bonita strips in the 150-600’ range. Trolling with small feathers during lowlight should help you catch a few football-sized blackfin tuna, and the smaller ones can be used to catch wahoo. If you're thinking of heading to the Bahamas for the first time, read "How to Cross From Florida to the Bahamas By Boat".

Large mutton snapper have been pretty hot lately, with plenty of yellowtail action on

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 South Florida’s Palm Beach County is a slice of heaven where you can exercise outside, essentially, any time of year.  However, this time of year is almost too good to be true not to escape the gym and get outside. Nature is a perfect playground.

According to a study in the journal “Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise”, people are as much as 40 percent more likely to exercise regularly in the summer than in the winter.  Most of the heart benefiting effort comes from leg muscles and glutes.  Imagine the challenge of running beach sand.  Sounds a bit tougher than the treadmill at the gym.

 Don’t bother with old school sit-ups to work your core muscles.  Concentrate the exercise routine on stability.  Surfing, kayaking, kite surfing or standup

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Cinquez Park, located at 2183 West Indiantown Road in Jupiter, is a new dog park which has joined other dog friendly “off leash” fun spots in addition to the beach.  Under the direction of their owners, a dog park is a safe place for dogs to exercise and play off-leash in a secure environment.  Most canine parks characteristically offer a 6' fence, separate gated entries for large and small breeds, water, shade for hot days and benches for humans.  The dog park should have regular maintenance and sanitizing of the grounds.

Cities are opening dog parks because the demand continues to increase. The number of dog parks have increased 20% over the past five years. Wandering freely is positive for dogs. Studies show that leads can cause dogs to become

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Fireball Alert: No, not “that” Fireball!  Look up in the Jupiter evening sky tonight to hopefully, witness a celestial fireball. November is a busy month for the night sky.  A fireball is an alternative term for a very bright meteor, generally brighter than magnitude -4, which is about the same magnitude of the brightest planet, Venus, in the morning or evening sky.  Then there is a bolide. That is a distinct type of fireball which explodes in a bright flash when it reaches the atmosphere, usually with visible disintegration.

The Taurid meteor shower happens this week, and it can be “bold in its showmanship”. The Taurid meteor is known for cutting through dark night skies with brilliant, long-lasting fireballs. All Taurids are debris from the Comet

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LagoonFest spotlights one of the most scenic waterways in the Palm Beaches. With over 47  miles of unspoiled coastline to explore in Palm Beach County this is an entertaining way to learn why it is.  Slow things down on a kayak or stand-up paddleboard in the calm coastal inlets or in the intracoastal waterways. The Lake Worth Lagoon is Palm Beach County’s largest and one of the most beautiful estuaries.

Productive ecosystems, such as the Lake Worth Lagoon, are known as estuaries. These partially surrounded bodies of water are where fresh water and saltwater meet to form nutrient-rich marshes, mangroves and lagoons. Estuaries are indispensable environments for newborn species of fish, crustaceans and some birds. 

More than 65 eco-themed exhibitors

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Stop and smell the wildflowers this weekend at North Jupiter Flatwoods Natural Area!

Join an ERM biologist for a leisurely hike along well-maintained walking trails and learn about the abundance of Florida wildflowers that can be found at this gorgeous urban oasis.

Some Florida wildflowers you may see are the blanketflower, rudbeckias, blazing stars, or silver-leaved aster!

The hike will take place on Sunday, November 4th at 4 pm. The North Jupiter Flatwoods Natural Area is located in the NW corner of Jupiter Community Park at 3377 Church Street in Jupiter, Florida. REGISTER HERE.

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