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Edible Flowers Add Beauty and Taste to Meals

Flowers are typically given as gifts or used for decoration, but when it comes to preparing a meal, flowers are not high on the list of ingredients. Kerry Smith, home grounds team co-leader for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, suggests various types of edible flowers as well as simple guidelines to keep in mind for anyone interested in adding something ... Read More »

Prepping Gardens Year Round

AUBURN, Ala. – After months of winter weather, spring is on the horizon. Spring also means that being outside regularly will return and people may explore creating their own garden. While some people may simply delve into starting their garden, others may do more research in hope of having a more thriving garden. Dr. Charles Mitchell, an agronomist with the ... Read More »

Getting Gardens Ready for Spring

Preparing the Garden

With the official first day of spring still a week or so away, now is a good time to begin preparing your flower beds and gardens for the season. By practicing a few garden maintenance tactics, your gardens will blossom to life with ease. Preparation of vegetable and flower bed gardens for new plants can begin at any time, but the ... Read More »

Crapemyrtles and the Promise of Good Pruning

Crepe myrtle

AUBURN, Ala.- The promise of pruning is a healthier and more productive tree. Gardeners want to do what is best for their plants, but sometimes do not know how. Gardeners know that pruning needs to happen, but often do not know how or when. Sadly, this happens all too often with crapemyrtles. Take a Saturday afternoon drive in late February, and ... Read More »

Alabama Master Gardeners Bloom

People want to give back to their communities. Sometimes, the challenge is finding the volunteer opportunity best suited to them. For people who are interested in gardening and nature, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System has a volunteer program that may be just what they are looking for. One of Alabama Extension’s most recognized community involvement efforts is its Alabama Master Gardener ... Read More »

Bark Adds Texture and Color to Winter Landscapes

After trees lose their leaves in the fall, many landscapes are left looking bare in winter. Planting trees and shrubs with interesting bark adds texture and color to a sparse winter landscape. Bark characteristics range from bright colors to exfoliating texture to even a quilt-like appearance, said Roosevelt Robinson, an urban regional horticulture agent with Alabama Extension. “These interesting bark characteristics can ... Read More »

Winter Wonders: Flowers That Bloom in Winter

With winter is in full swing  and spring slowly approaching, many gardeners are wondering what types of plants and flowers bloom during the chillier seasons. Winter’s dreary and colorless tone can make many gardens and homes look gray and dull. But there are beautiful plants and flowers that thrive in the cold and can give you that oomph of much needed ... Read More »

Horticulture Helpline Up and Running

Got questions about your garden or lawn? Master Gardeners throughout the state are manning Horticulture Helpline phones to answer questions from gardeners and homeowners. Master Gardeners provide answers based on current research and best practices under the supervision of Alabama Extension agents. “Generally, the toll-free helpline is manned Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and is available ... Read More »

Boxwood Blight: A New Disease Impacting the South

boxwood blight

  Boxwoods are a key element in many Southern gardens, but now a new disease, boxwood blight, is striking this garden favorite. The first find in Alabama was in a newly planted landscape in Birmingham where a number of boxwoods were showing the characteristic symptoms of boxwood blight: brown leaf spots, black stem lesions and defoliation. According to Dr. Kassie ... Read More »

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 »