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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 »

Trees are low-maintenance additions to your yard

Auburn, Ala—There are many reasons to plant trees in your home landscape –they are beneficial for the environment, they provide shade and they are aesthetically pleasing. Planting a tree in your yard can be done with very little maintenance. If you are thinking of planting a tree, and want to do it correctly and at the appropriate time, now is ... Read More »

Do Your Part to Protect Pollinators

beekeeping symposium

Auburn, Ala.— In the spirit of National Pollinator Week, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System salutes pollinators everywhere who are irreplaceable pieces of the puzzle in gardens, cropland and flowerbeds. Where would we be without pollinators? Bees are more than honey-makers and hive builders. Bees are essential to the most important part of the food chain—pollination. Importance of Pollinators Urban Extension Agent, Sallie Lee, said ... Read More »

Controlling thatch in lawn turf

Auburn, Ala. — For many homeowners, thatch is a common problem that tends to occur. However, many people may not be able to tell when thatch is becoming a problem or how to identify thatch in the first place. David Han, Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences Extension specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, describes thatch as “the layer of partially ... Read More »

Extension’s Master Gardeners Making a Difference in Lives of Cancer Survivors

Auburn, Ala.—June 5 is National Cancer Survivors Day. It is a CELEBRATION for those who have survived, an INSPIRATION for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of SUPPORT for families and an OUTREACH to the community. There are nearly 14.5 million people living with and beyond cancer in the U.S. today, and more than 32 million cancer survivors worldwide. According to Kerry Smith, ... Read More »

How Does Your Tomato Garden Grow?

AUBURN, Ala. — Calling all tomato lovers: why pick up tomatoes from the grocery store when you can grow them yourself? If you love the fruit, this is your time of year. According to Dani Carroll, a regional Extension agent in Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, “when soil temperatures warm up to about ... Read More »