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Managing Soil Pests in the Garden

Even the most experienced gardeners have issues with pests in the garden. Alabama Extension Entomologist Ayanava Majumdar said if you plan to put in a fall garden, now is the time to take steps to reduce soil pests. Many home gardens are planted in areas previously covered in grass or turf. Tilling the garden area 30 days prior to planting ... Read More »

Grow Your Own Jack-O-Lanterns

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Planting Pumpkins in Alabama Dreaming of pies or spooky jack-o-lanterns?  You still have time to grow your own. The pumpkin-planting window in Alabama is nearly a month long, beginning June 15 and continuing to July 15. Dr. Joe Kemble, Alabama Extension Horticulturist said the window covers pumpkin growers in northern and southern parts of the state — and everyone in ... Read More »

Food Friday: Stuffed Bell Peppers

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Brightly colored and wonderfully flavored bell peppers are often used to garnish a meal and add special flavor and color. Have you ever used bell peppers as the main dish? John Hall, of Clarke County, has a recipe for Stuffed Bell Peppers that is sure to make your mouth water. Whether you’re feeding an army or a handful, bell peppers would ... Read More »

Extension Scouting Schools Equip Farmers

Insect scouting schools are one example of the many ways Alabama Extension is giving back to Alabama farmers. Alabama Extension professionals gathered in Autaugaville, Ala., to equip farmers with the knowledge and ability to control pests in the field. Scouting for crop pests has long been an important step in preventing insect damage. With genetically modified seed, many farmers can avoid ... Read More »

Food Friday: Freezing Summer Squash

In the middle of summer, most squash plants are producing more than most homeowners can put on the table. So what is the best way to put up squash and save it for later? The Alabama Extension Home Food Preservation Cookbook suggests freezing vegetables to save for later. If properly selected, prepared, frozen and stored, squash will hold fresh qualities. ... Read More »

Be Smart about Water Moccasins and Other Water Snakes


As people take to lakes and rivers to cool off from summer’s heat,  it’s possible they might see a snake in the water.  Not every snake you see swimming is a water moccasin.  Alabama has a number of non-venomous water snakes. There are ways to tell the difference, and Alabama Extension professionals have important information to keep you and yours safe ... Read More »

Farmers Adapt Alongside Climate Changes

Extreme weather events pose significant risks to agriculture. Dr. Brenda Ortiz, a corn and grain crops specialist with Alabama Extension, said one of the most important aspects of farming is learning to adapt. “Many of the farmers who are leading the way in the use of risk resilient practices learned about them at Southeast Climate Extension workshops and outreach programs,” ... Read More »

Fourth of July Food: Ice Cream

With Independence Day one week away, it’s time to start working on the spread to be shared with friends and family as we celebrate the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. While everyone has their own special barbecue recipe, and watermelons can be picked fresh from your Alabama garden, ice cream is something everyone can enjoy. But ... Read More »

Food Friday: Catfish

Fish Friday is a well-known day in restaurants throughout the South. Catfish is most often served fried, but there are several ways to keep this southern delicacy fresh and new. Try these catfish recipes for a change from the delicious, deep-fried norm. Cheesy Catfish Fillets 3/4 cup dry bread or cereal crumbs 2 teaspoons finely chopped onion 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper 1 ... Read More »

Alabama Forage Update

Alabama producers are riding heat waves as the state swelters following weeks of sporadic rainfall that kicked forage growth into high gear. While producers in some regions have had ample rainfall, other areas are suffering in the dry heat. As farmers work to put up hay for the winter months, Alabama Extension agents are keeping a close eye on the forage ... Read More »