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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 »

21st Annual Beekeeping Symposium Feb. 6 in Clanton

beekeeping symposium

Auburn, Alabama—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s 21st Annual Beekeeping Symposium is Saturday, Feb. 6 from 8 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center, 1850 Lay Dam Road, Clanton. “The symposium will feature a variety of knowledgeable speakers, as well as valuable demonstrations for beekeepers,” said James Tew, beekeeping specialist with Alabama Extension. Diverse Program Planned ... Read More »

Smart Tips to Become a Successful Gardener

AUBURN, Ala.- Gardening can be a great way to brighten up your yard, spend time outside, eat healthier and even save money. Many people want to begin gardening, but feel there are too many elements and often become overwhelmed. It is important to realize that you cannot become an expert gardener overnight. It takes time to develop the skills and ... Read More »

Adding Blueberries to Home Landscape


AUBURN, Ala.—Looking for a plant to grow in an area with full sun and that becomes more drought resistant over time? Blueberries are an excellent choice when adding plants to gardens and home landscaping. Assuming the soil conditions and the amount of available sunlight are adequate, blueberries can be incorporated almost anywhere. The blueberry plant itself is adorned in spring ... Read More »

Pet Friendly Landscaping

MONROEVILLE, AL.—If you own a pet, such as a dog or cat, it is important to know which plants and flowers in your yard are harmful to them. It is important to do research on the plants in your yard or the plants you are planning to have in your yard before you buy them to ensure they are safe ... Read More »

Succulents: The No Hassle Plants Anyone Can Grow


Succulents are low-maintenance, beautiful plants that are growing in popularity. They are easy to take care of and come in many varieties, giving gardeners the opportunity to be creative when planting them. Lucy Edwards, a home grounds regional agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, described succulents as having an “eye-catching appeal.” She also said the plants are very easy to ... Read More »

Boxwood Blight in Alabama

Boxwood Blight

AUBURN, Alabama-Fall is a great time to update your landscape, but this year, gardeners need to pay special attention to where and what they will be purchasing and planting. Boxwood is seen in many landscapes all over the South. Unfortunately over the past few years, a fungal disease- boxwood blight- has made its way to the United States from Europe ... Read More »

Meet Me Under the Mistletoe

under the mistletoe

AUBURN,AL—The holiday season is before us and soon men and women across the globe will be asked to meet their special someone “under the mistletoe.” However, many of those individuals do not know the science or history behind the long tradition and romantic symbol of mistletoe. Mistletoes can be found across the globe and there are more than 200 species of the ... Read More »

Furor over Kissing Bugs Unwarranted

kissing bug

Kissing bugs and Chagas disease posts and shares swept across social media like wildfire just before Thanksgiving. Alabama Extension professionals across the state were inundated with calls, emails and texts from citizens worried about both the disease and how to identify the insect. “People saw a headline or the title of a post and really reacted strongly and quickly,” said ... Read More »

Christmas Tree Farms in Alabama

Auburn, Alabama-For most Alabama families, Christmas only comes once a year, but for a select group of Alabama farmers, their Christmas lasts all year long. The farmers who grow and sell Christmas trees are surrounded by and care for one of the main symbols of the holiday every day. Christmas tree farms can be found all across Alabama. Chip East, an ... Read More »