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How to Care for a Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree

Auburn, Ala.- Named the “It” plant of the Design World by New York Times, the Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree is among the newest trend in Home Décor. These dark green, relatively small trees, are being seen all over homes, office spaces, restaurants and retail shops. Read More »

Family Gardening: Growing Together

AUBURN, Ala. — Many people look to gardening for the produce, stress relief or profit, but why not make it a family learning project.  Incorporating children into a gardening project offers several benefits including life lessons, practical knowledge about vegetables and closer families. Learning Children learn responsibility when the family plants a garden. They will have to water and check the ... Read More »

Orchids in The South

  Auburn, Ala. –“Orchids remind me of home,” said Deb Bailey, a former liberal arts professor at Auburn University. Bailey grew up in northwest Alabama. “When I think of orchids, it makes me think of the spring season. My grandmother used to grow them on her sun porch and I have memories of watering them with her.” Known for their ... Read More »

The ins and outs of growing succulents in Alabama

Auburn, Alabama — Whether you are an experienced gardener or just a beginner, growing succulents can be a breeze. “A succulent is a thick, fleshy, waxy leafed plant that thrives in periods of drought. They are good for people who forget [to water] or travel a lot,” said Lucy Edwards, a regional home grounds Extension agent for Alabama Cooperative Extension ... Read More »

Try a transplant

AUBURN, Ala.- If you find yourself impatiently waiting for your garden seeds to sprout, try out transplants. “The reason we like to use transplants is earliness,” Dr. Joe Kemble, a vegetable specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System said. “You don’t have to sit there and wait for the seed to come up.” For example, planting a four to five week old ... Read More »

The Key to Healthy Pansies This Fall

Auburn, Ala.-Pansies are exactly what you need this fall to brighten up your garden. Available in every color imaginable, pansies can withstand temperatures below freezing and will continue to bloom through winter and spring. Some gardeners assume that if they plant flowers before winter strikes that their flowers will suffer. But that is not the case. Pansies planted in the ... Read More »

How to grow Persimmons in your backyard

Auburn, Ala.—Persimmons are a unique kind of fruit. They look like orange tomatoes on the outside, but the inside is full of sweet fruit. They are not your typical and average fruit, but growing a persimmon tree is not as difficult as one might think. A little known fact about persimmon trees are that they easily adapt to a variety ... Read More »

Moss in My Yard

AUBURN, ALA.—Help! Moss is taking over my yard and killing the grass. Actually, ground moss is not killing the grass, but it is a strong indication that you have some landscape problems. Moss consists of tiny plants that form a habitat for small invertebrates. Most mosses are native and benign, part of a natural succession of vegetation. They cover bare ground ... Read More »

Fall Lawn Care: What you should know.

Auburn, Alabama — As the cool breeze swoops in and the leaves gradually change to sunset shades, fall begins. It seems like summer has come and gone, taking our lush, green, grass with it. However there is no need to worry, your hard work this past spring and summer absolutely pays off, seeing that there is nothing you need to ... Read More »

Growing apples in Alabama

Auburn, Alabama — An apple a day, keeps the doctors away. Whether this myth has proven true or not, October is the national month for apples.  It is also the peak time of year for harvesting them. According to Lloyd Chapman, an Alabama Extension commercial horticulture regional agent, there are more than 20,000 different types of apples worldwide. Only 5,000 apple varieties ... Read More »