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Spring flower garden guide

Auburn, Alabama—Warm weather and sunny skies are quickly approaching and the time is nearing to prepare for spring plants, flowers and gardens. With a wide variety of beautiful plants and flowers soon to be in season, it can be difficult to choose which ones to plant in your garden. Plants in season during spring and early summer can vary depending ... Read More »

Wisteria: Making the best of wild vines

Auburn, Alabama—Spring flowers, weeds, and vines will be popping up left and right now that spring is officially here. Some are wanted while others are not. One perennial vine known as wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) that will begin to appear on the canopy of trees, trellises or pergolas in the south displays fragrant clusters of lavender, purple or white flowers. Wisteria ... Read More »

Lawns: When to weed, when to seed?

As spring approaches, Alabama residents are making plans to get their lawns ready for a season of new growth. With the transition into warmer weather, there are lawn care maintenance tips to keep in mind for optimal results for a beautiful lawn. Read More »

Why are my Daffodils not Blooming?

AUBURN, Ala. – Daffodils are one of the most popular spring flowers. Their beautiful colors are a sign that spring is on its way. Lucy Edwards, an Alabama Extension regional home grounds agent, said daffodils are usually carefree plants. This year, some home gardeners are finding that their daffodils are not blooming. Edwards said that there are several reasons why ... Read More »

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 »