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Houseplants That Do Double Duty Clearing Out Pollutants In Indoor Air

AUBURN, Ala.- Indoor houseplants fill spaces in your home or office just as much as they fill a person’s need to be surrounded by foliage.   Humans have a psychological need to be surrounded by greenery as well as items representing nature.  According to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System article “Home Selection and Care of Indoor Foliage Plants,” studies show that ... Read More »

Armyworms Causing Headaches for Homeowners

fall armyworms

AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama farmers have been battling fall armyworms in their pastures since July, and now the pest is giving homeowners headaches. Dr. Dave Han, a turf specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says 2016 is an above average year for fall armyworms in lawns and turfgrasses. “They attack a wide variety of plants, including home turf,” said Han. “Bermudagrass ... Read More »

Health Benefits of Eating Organic Produce: The Facts

  Auburn, Ala.– Organic food has become a phenomena in the past decade with images of clean and friendly farmers on our televisions. Slogans such as  “Buy local,” “Don’t panic, it’s organic,” are on the walls of  local grocery stores across America.  Research, the most important aspect of organic food,  isn’t talked about. Research shows that there are no significant health ... Read More »

Drying Herbs at Home

herbs

AUBURN, Ala. –Dried herbs are a great addition to any meal but buying your favorites from the store can add up and be pretty pricey. If you  love to do things at home and already have fresh herbs growing in your garden, it is inexpensive and easy to dry them at home. All you need to get started is twine, scissors, ... Read More »

The Benefits of Composting

Auburn, Alabama—There are innumerable ways to be environmentally friendly, and a current hot topic is composting. It is a great time to get started on a compost pile or simply add compostable materials to your lawn or garden. Regional Extension Agent Taylor Vandiver has been researching horticulture since 2007 and is a strong proponent for composting and educating the public on ... Read More »

Water Gardens Bring Interest to a Yard

Water garden

AUBURN, Ala.- So you have a space in your backyard that you don’t know what to do with? Why not consider a water garden, they are relaxing, add color and character to an otherwise empty space. From fountains to small ponds, waterfalls and streams, there are many different options to fit your space. In an article by Alabama Extension horticulturist, ... Read More »

Gardeners Search for Stinkbug Control Options

AUBURN, Ala.— Gardeners deal with a myriad of pests and problems throughout the summer, some worse than others. Stinkbugs are among those pesky pests taking up residence in the garden. Alabama Cooperative Extension Gardens and Home Pests Agent, Bethany O’Rear, said stinkbugs can affect several home vegetable crops. “Stinkbugs will feed on peas, beans and okra, but are most noticeable on ... Read More »

Alabama Extension iBook Wins Prestigious National Award

AUBURN, Ala.—One of  Alabama Extension‘s iBook titles brought home the top award for publishing from the Association for Communication Excellence–marking the first time the traditionally print oriented award has been given to a digital publication.  Gardening in the South–Pest Management won the Outstanding Professional Skill Award at ACE’s recent national conference in Memphis.  ACE serves as the professional development organization for ... Read More »

To water or not to water?

AUBURN, Alabama. — To water or not water? Many farmers grapple with this issue every year. Row cropping itself can be a tedious and complex art form, but when it comes to irrigation it’s all about strategy. According to the 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture, there are approximately 26,000 acres of corn irrigated for grain in Alabama. Most farmers choose ... Read More »

Grow your Own Herbs

Auburn, Ala. – Stroll to your kitchen instead of the grocery store next time you want that fresh cilantro flavor in your guacamole or mint in your mojito. Growing your own herb garden is a fun and relatively easy way to save money while enhancing your recipes. Which herbs should I grow? Do they grow better indoors or outdoors? Where ... Read More »