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Alabama Treasures: Native Azaleas

native azaleas

AUBURN, Alabama —Native azaleas are a favorite flowering shrub in Alabama. With many colors and their adaptability to a wide range of climates, they are a popular choice. “With colors ranging from yellow to orange and orange-red flowers, native azaleas are among the most beautiful of Alabama’s indigenous flowering shrubs,” said Roosevelt Robinson, a regional Alabama Extension agent. “There are numerous native azalea ... Read More »

Collards and Other Nutritious Greens

AUBURN, Alabama – Traditionally recognized as a Southern crop and soul food staple, collards and other leafy greens are nutritious and convenient to grow in Alabama’s climate. Growing Greens Generally, cruciferous plants such as collard greens, turnips, kale and mustard are cool weather vegetables. “We mostly plant greens in the fall, but you can also do an early spring planting ... Read More »

Master Gardener Helpline Open for Business

Auburn, Alabama — The Alabama Master Gardener Program is an instructional program. It is designed to train volunteers in the subjects of horticulture, entomology, plant pathology and soils. The Master Gardener program was created to increase the availability of home horticultural information through qualified volunteers, and to improve community life with community projects. To understand the depth of the program, ... Read More »

Aquaponics Workshop Set for April 11

AUBURN, Ala. – If you are looking for an interesting new business venture or hobby, consider attending the aquaponics workshop by Alabama Extension. One of the hottest topics in agriculture right now is aquaponics. Aquaponics is a form of farming that integrates aquaculture and hydroponics (growing plants without soil) to provide homegrown fish and vegetables that you control. The workshop ... Read More »

Tips on Buying Container Plants

  Auburn, Alabama — This time of year, true plant lovers know how tempting it is to walk through a garden center full of vivid blooms and beautiful foliage. It is difficult not to pick up at least one extra plant. “While a spontaneous purchase can turn out to be a real blessings in the garden, more often impulses lead ... Read More »

Extension Agent Cultivates Community at Senior Living Facility

DOTHAN, Ala.—A garden is a place for people of all ages to gather, share community and interact with one another. Regional Alabama Extension Agent Lucy Edwards is cultivating a community of gardeners at Glen East Apartments in Dothan, Alabama. This is Edwards’ first year to work with the seniors at Glen East. Raised bed gardens were built for seniors to ... Read More »

February Not the Time to Prune Hydrangeas

AUBURN, Ala.—The month of February brings blooms of many different shapes and sizes, a sure sign spring is around the corner. While daffodils and camellias are blooming in bright colors, gardeners may find themselves spending more time readying the flowerbeds. While it may be tempting, February is not the time to prune your hydrangea bushes. Understanding flower development for each ... Read More »

Make Your Valentine’s Day Roses Last

Valentine's Day Roses

AUBURN, Ala. – With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, people will be clearing florists out of roses. Roses come in a variety of colors but the most popular colors are red, yellow, pink and white. Fresh cut roses have a limited life span, but with proper care you can enjoy them a lot longer. Flower Selection When buying roses, ... Read More »

Buying Valentine Roses

Auburn, Alabama—Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and many consumers are planning to buy flowers and candy for their sweethearts. People often associate roses with this holiday and wonder why the cost of commercial roses is higher in February than in any other month of the year. “It takes about eight weeks for a commercial rose bush to produce ... Read More »

Field and Garden Flood Recovery

AUBURN, Ala.— Flooding causes destruction where ever it occurs. Often homes and businesses take the brunt of flood damage. Field and garden flood recovery are equally important in the aftermath of a natural disaster. If your backyard garden was in a flooded area, chances are it lost some nitrogen and will need refertilization. It is important to wait several days before ... Read More »