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Roses Come Back to Life in the Fall

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Fall is a good season in Alabama for rose plant growth and flowering. It is an excellent time to rejuvenate roses for a beautiful show of color before they rest for the winter. With adequate watering, some fertilization and clean up, gardeners will enjoy many weeks of colorful blooms in the fall. Pruning Roses To rejuvenate ... Read More »

Healthy Tailgating

AUBURN, Ala. – Football season is in full swing. Thousands of fans flock to stadiums every Saturday to cheer on their favorite college teams and spend the day tailgating. Traditionally, tailgating means high caloric foods, often fried and loaded with cheese. These can actually make you sluggish and tired. Many people want to enjoy tailgating while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Andrea Morris, a ... Read More »

Fall Flea Surge: Control Fleas Indoors and Outdoors

AUBURN, Ala. – Fleas are some of the most annoying biting pests known to man and pets. Knowing how to control fleas both indoors and outdoors will make life easier for humans and pets. Characteristics Fleas occur year-round but may go dormant during an extremely hot summer or cold winter. Dr. Xing Ping Hu, an Alabama Extension entomologist, said that ... Read More »

Flash Flooding Possible with Tropical Storm Gordon

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AUBURN, Ala. – Hurricane, tropical storm and storm surge warnings are in effect for parts of the central Gulf Coast including Mobile and Baldwin counties in Alabama. Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to reach hurricane strength before landfall late Tuesday. Some counties are in a significant threat area while others are in an elevated threat area. Heavy rainfall is likely to ... Read More »

Selecting and Serving Fresh Produce Safely

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AUBURN, Ala. – Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Local markets carry a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that are both nutritious and delicious. However, harmful bacteria that may be in the soil or water where produce grows may come in contact with fruits and vegetables and contaminate them. “Fresh produce may also become ... Read More »

Ornamental Grasses Can Add Beauty to Your Landscape

AUBURN, Ala. – If you are planning landscape renovation, consider adding ornamental grasses. The term ornamental grasses is used to describe all grasslike plants including sedges, reeds, rushes and many others. All of the varieties and species have become popular in recent years. “Ornamental grasses are highly resistant to problems caused by diseases and insects and require little to no pruning,” ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Offering Woodlands and Wildlife Field Day Sept. 27 in Evergreen

AUBURN, Ala. – The Conecuh County Extension office is offering a Woodlands and Wildlife Field Day on Sept. 27 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. The event will take place at Saloom Properties, LLC, 2835 Booker Mill Road, Evergreen, Alabama. The field day will include professional speakers, innovative technology, research-based information and also vendors exhibits. A free lunch and door ... Read More »

Getting Your Life Back After Identity Theft

AUBURN, Ala. – Identity theft is among the top three consumer complaints in the United States in 2017, according to the Federal Trade Commission. In today’s society, many purchases begin with either “swipe your credit card here” or “insert your credit card into the chip reader below.” How careful are you when making transactions? Someone can take your identity in a matter ... Read More »

Pickles, Pickles, Pickles

AUBURN, Ala.—Many people enjoy pickles as an addition to a meal or as a refreshing snack. Making homemade pickles may sound difficult or time consuming, but there are quick options available to use at home. Angela Treadaway, an Alabama Extension food safety and quality regional agent, said one process, called quick-pack “is one that anyone who does home food preservation can ... Read More »

Extension Offers Diabetes Education Programs

AUBURN, Ala. –More than 634,000 people in Alabama, live with diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, another estimated 127,000 Alabamians have this disease but don’t know it. Alabama Extension offers various diabetes education programs to citizens across the state. Donna Shanklin, an Alabama Extension coordinator for Lawrence County, working in human nutrition, diet and health, said these programs go ... Read More »