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Selecting Peppers for Spring Gardens

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AUBURN, Alabama—Though frigid temperatures may have homeowners stuck inside, late January and early February are prime time to begin researching types of peppers to grow in spring gardens. By growing your own pepper plants, you can enjoy a wide variety of peppers during the summer months. Many gardeners use transplants instead of buying plants at the local home and garden ... Read More »

Alabama Beekeeping Symposium Set for Early February

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AUBURN, Alabama—Alabama Cooperative Extension System will host the 23rd Annual Beekeeping Symposium in early February. Set for Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, the workshop will be held at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center. “A group of outstanding speakers will cover a broad range of topics that will interest keepers from beginners to veterans,” said Dr. James Tew, beekeeping specialist ... Read More »

Horticulture Gifts for Christmas

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AUBURN, Alabama — With Christmas around the corner, it’s time to seriously think about gifts. Whether it’s for a gardener, from the garden or for the garden, there are many suitable horticulture gifts for Christmas. Horticulture Gifts for Gardeners Gloves A great gift to give a gardener is a good pair of gardening gloves. Gloves not only protect hands from ... Read More »

December is Primetime for Chinese Privet Control

AUBURN, Ala. — Chinese privet is commonly found as an ornamental throughout the southeastern United States, but it is an invasive species in the region’s woodlands. December is an optimal time to control Chinese privet. At this time, hardwoods are dormant and will avoid injury from herbicides. Chinese privet is a single to multi-stemmed shrub with dark green leaves that ... Read More »

Poinsettias: The Christmas Flower

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AUBURN, Ala. – Poinsettias are the most recognizable flower associated with Christmas. It is no surprise that they are also know as the Christmas flower. Every year many people have them scattered around their home as decoration for the  holiday. The Poinsettias Story There is a legend that a little girl in Mexico and her cousinwere on their way to church ... Read More »

Finding the Perfect Christmas Tree

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AUBURN, Ala.- Finding the perfect Christmas tree doesn’t have to be difficult. Christmas, and the holiday season in general, can be a stressful time for many people. There are holiday parties to attend, presents to buy, meals to make and decorations to set out. Finding the perfect Christmas tree for your home should not be as stressful as some make ... Read More »

Bloom Time for Holiday Cacti

AUBURN, Alabama —Holiday cacti, whether Thanksgiving or Christmas, put on quite a show during this time of year. The Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) and the Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) are closely related. Plant Care “Care for them is similar, and to many, it’s hard to tell them apart. However, for those who want to know why their Christmas cactus is blooming in November, ... Read More »

Preparing Soil for Spring Gardening Begins in the Fall

NORMAL, Ala. -For many people, gardening is a favorite pastime in spring and summer. What many people don’t know is that spring gardening starts with preparation in the fall. Soil Test “A soil test of your garden is always the best way to start,” said Dr. Rudy Pacumbaba, an Alabama Extension specialist in home grounds, gardens and home pests. According to ... Read More »

Miniature roses bloom with little space

Auburn, Ala. — For a gardener who has limited growing space, miniature roses can be a dream come true. With one small bush producing dozens of blooms that can last for weeks, it’s no wonder that potted miniature roses are often substituted for cut flowers. Gardeners with less space can enjoy growing these roses on a smaller scale. Small but beautiful ... Read More »

Citrus Greening Affecting Alabama Citrus

AUBURN, Ala. – Citrus greening, a bacterial disease, has been detected in Alabama. During an Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) annual survey, inspectors identified two trees in a residential landscape in Mobile County with the disease. Now detected in Baldwin County, more surveys are now ongoing by the ADAI to determine the extent of the problem. Citrus Industry ... Read More »