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Daylilies: Easy to Grow and Maintain


AUBURN, Alabama—If you are a beginner gardener, the first plant you might want to try is the daylily. They are perennial plants that easily adapt, grow vigorously and can even survive winters. Daylilies belong to the genus Hemerocallis and are not true lilies. This Greek word is made up of two parts: hemera meaning day and kallos meaning beauty. The ... Read More »

Hive to Home

How the honey you enjoy gets from the hive to your home Auburn, Alabama—Beekeeping is an age-old craft that has changed through the years with new methods and technology. The process of harvesting honey, which is fascinating in itself, is actually not even the most important benefit of honey bees. “Honey bees’ primary purpose is pollinating crops and ornamental flowers ... Read More »

Community gardens offer a sense camaraderie

community gardens

AUBURN, Ala.— There are immeasurable benefits to having community gardens. Fresh and locally grown produce becomes available to those in the local area. Regional Extension Agent Bethany O’Rear, said there is also a sense of camaraderie that is established among the volunteers in the community. The garden can be used as a learning tool for adults and children to gain hands-on ... Read More »

Patio strawberries: Fast food on your doorstep

Auburn, Alabama—If the calendar and weather weren’t reminder enough, the pollen reminds us all that spring has finally begun in the South. With spring comes the chance to recommit to eating healthier. Maybe you forgot about your New Year’s resolution, maybe you just haven’t been incorporating fresh foods into your diet. Roosevelt Robinson has advice on doing just that. “Growing ... Read More »

Knock Out Roses: The Undisputed Champs of Ornamental Plants

Bred in 1999 and introduced in 2000, the Knock Out Rose has seen a rise to stardom in landscapes from the start. Today it is the most sold breed of rose in North America. Read More »

How to control June beetles

june beetle

AUBURN, Alabama—During spring, June beetles will be making an appearance in Alabama’s grassy areas, such as home lawns, pastures and hay fields. June beetle grubs pupate in cells in the soil during late April and May and remain in the pupal stage for 2 or 3 weeks. Newly emerged adults remain in the soil for an additional week or two. In most ... Read More »

Watermelon: From Seed to Stem


AUBURN, Alabama—There is nothing better on a hot, summer day than eating a refreshing slice of watermelon. However, watermelons need more care than the average green thumb would assume. According to Dr. Joe Kemble, an Extension vegetable specialist and professor at Auburn University, the best time of year to start planting watermelon seeds is when the soil warms up in ... Read More »

Pet and Planet Friendly Irrigation

AUBURN, AL—A few things to think about when landscaping a home are what works best for pets, kids and the planet. Perhaps the most underrated aspect of a lawn is its irrigation system During spring, we see new growth in lawns and gardens. The season offers plants the two ingredients they need to thrive; warmth and water. The most common irrigation methods for landscaping today ... Read More »

Planting Beautiful Blackberries

Auburn, Alabama—Did you know that the yummy berries you see growing on the side of the highway are actually Alabama’s official state fruit? That’s right, the blackberry is Alabama’s state fruit and appreciated by many throughout the area. There are several types of blackberries that are grown in Alabama. According to Regional Extension Agent Gary Gray, “There are different types ... Read More »

Grow A Perfect Tomato

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AUBURN, Ala.—Tomato plants are a staple in any backyard or container garden. Some growers prefer smaller, early ripening varieties, while others prefer bigger tomatoes—ready later in the season. Regardless of personal preference, Marcus Garner, Alabama Cooperative Extension urban regional agent said the most important tomato-growing consideration is the temperature and weather. “Often times we are so preoccupied with getting our ... Read More »