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Controlling Fire Ants in Vegetable Gardens

Homeowners breaking ground in gardens this spring may find the plot is teeming with life coming out of the winter season—a different kind of life than they would like to see. Fire ants are common in Alabama, and common in yards, flowerbeds, playgrounds and gardens. Dr. Kathy Flanders, an Alabama Cooperative Extension Entomologist, said there are several approaches to fire ant ... Read More »

Growing Fruits and Vegetables in Alabama

Auburn, Ala. –It’s officially spring time in the South, which means it’s beautiful outside and the ideal season to start growing your favorite fruits and vegetables. Whether you’re dreaming of starting your very own home garden and are not sure where to begin or have been tending for years, we’ve got benefits, helpful tips and nutritional information for any home grower. The ... Read More »

Plant Alabama native plants for an earth-friendly landscape

Auburn, Ala. —Spring in Alabama can bring warmth to our bones, pollen to our sinuses or  extreme weather, such as icy rain one day and 80+ degree temperatures the next. Hayes Jackson, an urban regional horticulture agent with Alabama Extension, says by choosing native plants and following a few simple lawn tips, homeowners  can have an earth-friendly yard that lasts year-long. First, native plants ... Read More »

Growing Edamame in the Home Garden

Auburn, Ala. —Edamame, pronounced (ay-dah-MAH-may) is the Japanese word for vegetable soybean and literally means “beans on a branch.” Edamame is consumed as a snack, a vegetable dish, used in soups or processed into sweets. As a snack, the pods are typically boiled in salted water for 7-10 minutes, and then the seeds are squeezed directly from the pods into the mouth ... Read More »

Growing perennial plants in Alabama

Auburn, Ala.—With spring quickly approaching, many are rushing to plant their gardens hoping to beautify their yard with flowers. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could plant a garden once and enjoy the flowers for years to come? Perennial plants might be the solution to your problem. There are three types of plants: annuals, biennials and perennials. Annuals and biennials have short life spans. ... Read More »

It’s Not Too Late to Plant Early Spring Vegetables

AUBURN, Ala.—It may be February and frigid, but there are still early spring vegetables ready to be planted in the garden for early harvest. White potatoes, commonly called Irish potatoes because of their link to the famines in Ireland in the nineteenth century, have long since been a favorite around dinner tables. Extension Horticulturist Dani Carroll said the Irish potato ... Read More »

Growing your own citrus

Citrus Tree

Mobile, Ala.—Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, which means spring is just around the corner and warmer temperatures are quickly approaching. Nothing accompanies a hot day better than a nice glass of lemonade, but when you reach for your favorite store bought brand of citrus juice, can you be sure of what is in it? James Miles, a regional ... Read More »

Rose Rosette Disease Widespread in North Alabama

rose rosette disease

AUBURN, Ala.- A devastating rose disease is now widespread in north Alabama. Rose rosette disease,  identified in Alabama in 2010, is most severe in the Tennessee Valley area. First identified in California in the 1940s, it has spread east over the last 70 years. From the first report of rose rosette disease, scientists made little progress in identifying the cause of ... Read More »

Best Practices for Home Gardens During Winter

Best Practices for Home Gardens in Winter

AUBURN, Alabama– Winter is here, but for home gardeners that does not mean it is time to head indoors. There are several best practices for home gardens during winter. Planting cover crops, keeping your garden clean and mulching are just a few of these practices. “Right now is a good time to plant a cover crop if you’re not going to plant ... Read More »

Selecting Peppers for Spring Gardens


AUBURN, Ala. —It is time to start thinking about what peppers to grow in your spring garden since most gardeners start the seeding process indoors in late January and early February. Growing your own pepper transplants allows you to take full advantage of the possibilities. Transplanting is the technique of planting seeds in locations with optimal conditions, then moving the plants to ... Read More »