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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 »

Chilton Area Peach Production Meeting Tuesday, Jan.24 at 3 p.m.

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Researchers and Growers Discuss Effects of Warm Winter    The 2017 Chilton Area Peach Production Meeting will be heldTuesday, Jan. 24 at the Alabama Power Company Building, 2030 7th St. S (US Hwy 31 just north of I-65 Exit 205) in Clanton from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Supper will be served.  At 3 p.m. the new Grower Exhibition will open ... Read More »

The 22nd Annual Beekeeping Symposium Feb. 4 in Clanton

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Auburn, Alabama –The Alabama Cooperative Extension System invites you to the 22nd Annual Beekeeping Symposium at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center. The symposium is set for Saturday, Feb. 4 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Early registration is open until Jan. 20 and the fee is $35. After Jan. 20, registration will be at the door only and the registration ... Read More »

Rainwater collection ready

Alabama — Rainwater collection is an important skill to master. By learning how to collect rainwater and use that water efficiently, gardeners and homeowners can rely on more than just a water hose for quick access to clean water. Another plus – rainwater is completely free! Alabama Cooperative Extension Systems agent Sallie Lee has tips for making the most of ... Read More »

Horticulture Gifts for Christmas

Auburn, Alabama — With Christmas around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about gifts. Whether it’s for a gardener, from the garden or for the garden, there are many suitable horticulture gifts for Christmas. Horticulture Gifts for Gardeners Gloves A great gift to give a gardener is a good pair of gardening gloves. Gloves not only protect hands from ... Read More »

Amaryllis- The perfect holiday plant

Auburn, Alabama — Amaryllis is a popular potted plant that is given during the holiday season. The Amaryllis starts out as a beautiful bulb that flourishes into a large, strikingly colorful bell-shaped flower. Since many are timed to bloom in winter, they add color to indoor décor during the holidays. Amaryllis can come in many colors and forms. Red and ... Read More »

Using nature for fall and holiday decoration

AUBURN, Ala. – Why go out and spend hundreds of dollars on fall and holiday decorations when you could just walk out into your backyard and find them? With Pinterest being more popular than ever, there is a new trend to craft your own unique wreaths, table centerpieces and Christmas decorations. Mallory Kelley, a regional agent in home grounds, gardens and ... Read More »

How to Preserve Evergreens

Auburn, Ala. – With the holiday season, evergreen clippings and wreaths add festivity to any space. It is necessary to take the proper steps to preserve them! Here is what you need to know how to keep your holiday evergreens fresh. When to Purchase: Greenery clippings will be the freshest for approximately two weeks after cutting. After two weeks, they ... Read More »