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What to Do When Your Plant Doesn’t Bloom

AUBURN, Ala. — For gardeners, plants and shrubs that don’t bloom are one of the most common frustrations in gardening. What’s Wrong “Some of the most frequent questions are, Where are my flowers? or Why didn’t my plant or shrub bloom?,” said Nelson Wynn, an Alabama Extension regional home grounds, gardens and home pest agent. There are a number of reasons ... Read More »

Buying and Planting Azaleas in Alabama

AUBURN, Ala. — In Alabama, azaleas and dogwoods are the stars of spring flowers. The two plants look good together, but it is the azalea that brings the most variety and color in its beautiful flowers. Azaleas may be the most popular flowering shrubs in Alabama, said Lucy Edwards, a regional home grounds, gardens and home pests agent. Buy Plants with ... Read More »

Attracting Butterflies to Your Yard

AUBURN, Ala. – Turning a landscape into a place that butterflies love to visit is easy to do. Planting a variety of colorful bushes and shrubs known to attract the beautiful-winged creatures will create a person’s own personal butterfly garden. Butterfly bush, or Budleia davidii, is a popular choice when trying to attract butterflies. “Butterfly bush can be planted statewide ... Read More »

Planting Impatiens

AUBURN, Alabama —Impatiens is one of the top bedding plants used by Alabama gardeners.They are great for filling shady parts of the yard with color. Good for Shady Spots Impatiens is a good selection for shady spots for a number of reasons. The plants thrive in both beds and containers. They come in many bloom colors and there are types ... Read More »

Beware of Building and Recovery Scams After Storm

JACKSONVILLE, Alabama—Minutes stretch to hours as storm victims and volunteers work through the rubble and the mess to recover family heirlooms, items of clothing and other belongings. In these same hours, scam artists are devising recovery scams to swindle storm victims out of money. Storm victims want to get work done quickly and get their lives back to normal, but this ... Read More »

Too Much Sugar Means Too Many Calories

 AUBURN, Alabama — Think you’re doing yourself a favor by indulging in fat-free cookies, nonfat yogurt and low-fat cakes and pies? Depending on how many sweets you’re eating, you may be contributing to unwanted pounds with every bite of that fat-free chocolate chip cookie. Karen Softley, a regional nutrition agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says popular low-fat and ... Read More »

Families Need an Emergency Savings Account

AUBURN, Alabama—Having an emergency savings fund may be the most important difference between those who manage to stay afloat and those who are sinking financially. Emergency Funds Help Maintaining emergency savings of $500 to $1000 allows you to withstand unexpected financial challenges such as: Repairing the brakes on your car Buying your child a new pair of needed shoes Buying ... Read More »

Oats: Economical and Healthy

AUBURN, Alabama—Oats are an economical whole grain that can help with improving your overall health. High Fiber Content “Oat products have high soluble fiber content, which aids digestion, said Donna Shanklin, a Human Sciences Extension regional agentl  “They reduce cholesterol levels, which makes them good for heart health.” These whole grains are also high in protein. Shanklin says, to obtain ... Read More »

March is National Nutrition Month

AUBURN, Alabama—National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Go Further With Food “Go Further with Food” is the theme for 2018. Its importance is timely for many ... Read More »

February is Healthy Heart Month

AUBURN, Alabama — Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. Heart disease, including stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined. According to statistics, someone in the United ... Read More »