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Raised bed gardening in the south

AUBURN, Ala. – Raised bed gardens are different from regular gardens. They are an activity for the entire family, and they are a great way to spend time outdoors. “Raised beds have taken gardening to a new level for many people,” said  Tim Crow, a home grounds regional Extension agent located in Cullman County. “It’s a chance to have success in ... Read More »

Are Your Daffodils Blooming?

AUBURN, Alabama—Daffodils are one of the most popular spring flowers. Their beautiful colors are a sign that spring is on its way. Lucy Edwards, an Alabama Extension regional home grounds agent, said daffodils are usually carefree plants.   “In soils that are too moist, bulbs can rot leading to blooming failure. Daffodils need good drainage for flower production,” Edwards added. ... Read More »

Grow Your Own Salad

AUBURN, Alabama—Many homeowners grow their own foods at home. Some grow their own because they question what is in or on the products available at the grocery store or curb market. Others grow their own because they have the time and enjoy gardening. What can I grow? According to Bethany O’Rear, a regional Extension agent in Home Grounds, Gardens and ... Read More »

“Harvest for Health”—Healing Gardens for Cancer Survivors

harvest for health

AUBURN, Ala.—Cancer recovery can feel like a long and lonely road. For the 14.5 million people living with and beyond cancer in the United States, daily struggles are a reality. Auburn University’s Department of Horticulture, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Home Grounds Team, Alabama Master Gardeners and the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center have partnered together to ... Read More »

Make Your Valentine’s Day Roses Last

Valentine's Day Roses

AUBURN, Ala.— Today is Valentine’s Day. Roses will undoubtedly be the flower of choice to show love on this special day. 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 ... Read More »

February Not the Time to Prune Hydrangeas

AUBURN, Alabama—February sunshine coaxes hints of green out of the cold ground, welcoming a cheery burst of blooming color to the winter landscape. While daffodils and camellias bloom and brighten, gardeners may find themselves spending more time readying the flowerbeds. Though it may be tempting, February is not the time to prune your hydrangea bushes. Understanding flower development for each ... Read More »

Selecting Peppers for Spring Gardens

peppers

AUBURN, Alabama—Though frigid temperatures may have homeowners stuck inside, late January and early February are prime time to begin researching types of peppers to grow in spring gardens. By growing your own pepper plants, you can enjoy a wide variety of peppers during the summer months. Many gardeners use transplants instead of buying plants at the local home and garden ... Read More »

Alabama Beekeeping Symposium Set for Early February

beekeeping

AUBURN, Alabama—Alabama Cooperative Extension System will host the 23rd Annual Beekeeping Symposium in early February. Set for Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, the workshop will be held at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center. “A group of outstanding speakers will cover a broad range of topics that will interest keepers from beginners to veterans,” said Dr. James Tew, beekeeping specialist ... Read More »

Horticulture Gifts for Christmas

holiday gifts for the gardener

AUBURN, Alabama — With Christmas around the corner, it’s time to seriously think 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 »

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 »