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20th Annual Beekeeping Symposium Feb. 7 in Clanton

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s 20th Annual Beekeeping Symposium is being held at a new location — the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center, 1850 Lay Dam Road, Clanton. It is set for Saturday, Feb.7 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. “The symposium will feature a variety of knowledgeable speakers as well as valuable demonstrations for beekeepers,” said James Tew, ... Read More »

Great Gifts for Gardeners from Alabama Extension

Gifts for Gardeners

Auburn, Alabama – Got some gardeners on your holiday shopping list?  Alabama Extension has great gift choices for those green thumb family members and friends. The first two volumes of the Gardening in the South series are now available on iBooks and will make great gifts for gardeners on your list. If you are using a Mac or an iPad, use ... Read More »

What’s Under the Mistletoe?

Time to meet under the mistletoe as the holiday season approaches. Tony Glover, Cullman County Coordinator for Alabama Extension, said part of the reason mistletoe is associated with Christmas is because of its presence across the globe. “Mistletoe is an interesting group of plants,” Glover said. “These species are found worldwide. This lends the plant to Christmas use because it ... Read More »

Fresh Greenery from the Garden for Holiday Decorating

The winter holidays provide a great opportunity to use greenery and garden elements in decorating your home. Fresh holiday greenery gives your home a warm holiday look while also giving off a wonderful, seasonal scent. When choosing greenery and other garden items to decorate with, select fresh materials with contrasting shapes, colors and textures. Kerry Smith, home grounds team leader ... Read More »

The Christmas tree: a living tradition

Christmas tree decorated

The turkey and fall decor is gone and people are decorating for Christmas. For many this means spending hours in the kitchen, visiting family and friends, stocking up on presents for children on Santa’s nice list and of course, getting a Christmas tree. Whether you chose to use an artificial or live tree, the Christmas tree has become a beloved custom for ... Read More »

Amaryllis: A Dazzling Display of Indoor Color During the Winter

For a dazzling display of indoor color during the winter months, plant amaryllis bulbs in the fall. The amaryllis blossom commands attention with its bold color and its 8-to-10-inch diameter. Each bulb usually produces two stems. Each stem can produce up to six blossoms. Consumers often see amaryllis in small pots for sale at garden stores during the holiday season. ... Read More »

New E-book Improves Gardening in the South

Auburn, AL – It’s hard to beat gardening in the South. Gardeners can have something blooming or ready to eat all year long. But the challenges can be daunting.  Poor soil, insects and plant diseases, heat, and incorrect plant selection can often frustrate gardeners who struggle with questions that are beyond their skill level. Alabama Extension has released a new generation of resources for gardeners called ... Read More »

Kick Pesky Invasive Plants to the Curb

Invasive plant species can be a nuisance year-round, but certain species are more obvious this time of year. According to invasive plant expert Dr. Nancy Loewenstein, “Invasive plant infestations can out-compete native species, eventually displacing or killing them, and impact wildlife habitat and nutrient cycling.” Loewenstein, a specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says Chinese tallowtree, Bradford pear, Chinese ... Read More »


Fall leaves

Each year, yard waste accounts for more than a million tons of our state’s solid waste. What are alternatives to putting leaves out with trash? Burning leaves is not a good idea. Open burning generates hydrocarbons, which contain cancer-causing compounds and carbon monoxide. Recycle leaves either for mulch or as compost for improving soil is a good alternative. “Leaves make ... Read More »

Forcing Bulbs for Winter

Bulb forcing

Winter can be a dull and dreary season for gardeners, but forcing bulbs can bring life and color back into the home and the hope of spring back into a gardener’s heart. Forcing bulbs is the process of manipulating a bulb into breaking dormancy early in order for the plant to bloom sooner than it would naturally. The process, often ... Read More »