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Annuals Add Color, Fragrance to Fall Landscapes

colorful annuals for fall

Fall is a great time to plant flowers, and there are plenty of colorful annuals to choose from, says Sallie Lee, a regional agent in Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. “There are a variety of annuals that flower from fall through winter,” she says.  As gardeners become aware of flowering plants for cool season ... Read More »

Use Fertilizers Low in Phosphorous for Fall-Planted Bulbs

Somehow, years ago, gardeners became convinced fertilizers high in phosphorus, especially bone meal and superphosphate, must be used on fall-planted bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and lilies. “Perhaps this idea arose because phosphorous is essential in the transfer of energy from the leaves to the bulb where it is stored,” said Dr. Charles Mitchell, an agronomist with the Alabama ... Read More »

Armored Armadillos: How to Fight Back

They crawl through lawns and gardens, digging holes and uprooting plants. Wearing a shield of armor and with their nose to the ground, they hunt for what lies beneath not caring what they destroy in the process. With tiny eyes and sharp claws, they are a nuisance for many homeowners and gardeners. Armadillos are a common nuisance for homeowners across ... Read More »

Disappearing Bees

Apocalypse is a word that humans throw around with theories and ideas of end times based in the future, but for bees, the apocalypse is now. The total bee population in the world has diminished by almost half in the past 50 years and the numbers are still diminishing. Sallie Lee, an Urban Regional Extension Agent with the Alabama Cooperative ... Read More »

Rotten Tomatoes

Blossom End Rot on Tomato

Q. I am having trouble with my tomatoes. I have noticed brown spots near the base of the fruit. They start out small but continue to increase in size. What is this disease and how can I get rid of it? A. Well, if it is any consolation, you are not alone. We’ve had several calls from folks that appear ... Read More »