The heat is starting to build and working outside could be a little challenging for some Treasure Coast residents.

Remember to dress appropriately, which includes light-colored, breathable fabrics and a hat, drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen and take breaks often. Spending a little time learning more about our environment and the plants, soils and critters around us, make us better gardeners and offers a break from the heat.

We are fortunate to live in an area where resources for learning are abundant. Many locally owned nurseries and garden centers offer classes about the plants and processes of the landscape and garden. Check, the Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association’s website, for more information and a search for certified professionals and retail locations.

Each of Florida’s 67 counties has a branch of the University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences Extension Service. These offices house agents that work with commercial agriculture and landscape professionals as well as residential gardeners to name…