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December is Primetime for Chinese Privet Control

AUBURN, Ala. — Chinese privet is commonly found as an ornamental throughout the southeastern United States, but it is an invasive species in the region’s woodlands. December is an optimal time to control Chinese privet. At this time, hardwoods are dormant and will avoid injury from herbicides. Chinese privet is a single to multi-stemmed shrub with dark green leaves that ... Read More »

Poinsettias: The Christmas Flower

Poinsettias

AUBURN, Ala. – Poinsettias are the most recognizable flower associated with Christmas. It is no surprise that they are also know as the Christmas flower. Every year many people have them scattered around their home as decoration for the  holiday. The Poinsettias Story There is a legend that a little girl in Mexico and her cousinwere on their way to church ... Read More »

Finding the Perfect Christmas Tree

Christmas tree

AUBURN, Ala.- Finding the perfect Christmas tree doesn’t have to be difficult. Christmas, and the holiday season in general, can be a stressful time for many people. There are holiday parties to attend, presents to buy, meals to make and decorations to set out. Finding the perfect Christmas tree for your home should not be as stressful as some make ... Read More »

Bloom Time for Holiday Cacti

AUBURN, Alabama —Holiday cacti, whether Thanksgiving or Christmas, put on quite a show during this time of year. The Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) and the Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) are closely related. Plant Care “Care for them is similar, and to many, it’s hard to tell them apart. However, for those who want to know why their Christmas cactus is blooming in November, ... Read More »

Preparing Soil for Spring Gardening Begins in the Fall

NORMAL, Ala. -For many people, gardening is a favorite pastime in spring and summer. What many people don’t know is that spring gardening starts with preparation in the fall. Soil Test “A soil test of your garden is always the best way to start,” said Dr. Rudy Pacumbaba, an Alabama Extension specialist in home grounds, gardens and home pests. According to ... Read More »

Miniature roses bloom with little space

Auburn, Ala. — For a gardener who has limited growing space, miniature roses can be a dream come true. With one small bush producing dozens of blooms that can last for weeks, it’s no wonder that potted miniature roses are often substituted for cut flowers. Gardeners with less space can enjoy growing these roses on a smaller scale. Small but beautiful ... Read More »

Citrus Greening Affecting Alabama Citrus

AUBURN, Ala. – Citrus greening, a bacterial disease, has been detected in Alabama. During an Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) annual survey, inspectors identified two trees in a residential landscape in Mobile County with the disease. Now detected in Baldwin County, more surveys are now ongoing by the ADAI to determine the extent of the problem. Citrus Industry ... Read More »

Ornamental Cabbages Offer Fall Color

Ornamental cabbage is a closely related to the common cabbage that we eat on a regular basis. It is easily grown in rich and consistently moist loam in the sun, but there are other ways to grow it. Read More »

Fall is Pecan Time

Pecan

AUBURN, Ala.-Pecans are a staple in many recipes. To ensure you have the best quality nuts for your next dish, harvest pecans as they drop from the trees.  Do not wait and try to harvest them all at one time at the end of the season. “Harvest your pecans promptly for best quality. Don’t let them lie on wet ground ... Read More »

Grow Vegetables in Container Gardens

container gardens

AUBURN, Ala. – Two problems young people face are eating a balanced diet and having access to fresh vegetables.  Excuses for this range from too broke, too busy to eat anything that’s not a cup-of-noodles for on-the-go, or too lazy to go grocery. Simple Solution A simple solution to these issues is growing your own vegetables in container gardens.  It’s easier than most think, cheap and can ... Read More »