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Outdoor Classroom Workshops Available in October

AUBURN, Alabama— 4-H, alongside the Alabama Wildlife Federation, will host workshops on “How to Develop an Effective and Sustainable Outdoor Classroom.” Workshops, taught by April Waltz, conservation education specialist and outdoor classroom coordinator for AWF, are set for Tuesday, Oct. 20 in Florence, Thursday, Oct. 22 in Huntsville and Wednesday Oct. 28 in South Birmingham. Doyle Keasal, an environmental educator ... Read More »

Food Friday: Pickles

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Cucumbers are a summertime favorite! Use the yummy green veggie to garnish a salad, make cucumber salsa or mix into a delicious summer side dish. Does your family have a favorite pickle recipe? How about pickling some cucumbers with the help of the Auburn Cookbook, an Alabama Extension publication. Quick Fresh-Pack Dill Pickles 18 pounds pickling cucumbers 1/2 cup pickling ... Read More »

Food Friday: Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a staple in every southern garden. In addition to tomato sandwiches and chopped (or cherry) tomatoes in a salad, try a stuffed tomato or a tomato salad for a change. Stuffed Tomatoes 6 medium tomatoes 1/2 cup chopped celery 1/2 cup chopped cucumber 1 tablespoon chopped green pepper 1 tablespoon chopped onion 1 hard-cooked egg 3 hard cooked ... Read More »

Gardeners Have New Tool for Spring Gardening

Auburn, AL – With warm weather finally here to stay in the Southeast, gardeners like Carol Dent are stocking up on plants, seeds and tools for the 2015 gardening season. Dent who lives in central Alabama has added something new to her gardening toolbox. What makes Dent’s new tools special is that they are iBooks. Dent recently downloaded all of Alabama ... Read More »

Boxwood Blight Detected in Additional Alabama Landscapes

Boxwood Blight

AUBURN, Ala.– Boxwood blight has been detected in recently installed landscape plants across Alabama. A plant pathologist with Alabama Extension says when infected boxwoods are planted in a landscape, the pathogen can easily spread to established boxwoods. “The fungus that causes boxwood blight is easily spread by splashing water whether that be irrigation water or rain,” said Dr. Kassie Conner. ... Read More »

Safe, Smart Pesticide Use

AUBURN, Ala.—Spring has arrived in full force with rising temperatures, which means pests are starting to come out of hiding too. Alabama Cooperative Extension System professionals want to educate people on safe pesticide use and how to store them correctly. A pest is any kind of insect or animal that acts in a destructive manner towards property including, but not limited to, ... Read More »

Getting Gardens Ready for Spring

Preparing the Garden

With the official first day of spring still a week or so away, now is a good time to begin preparing your flower beds and gardens for the season. By practicing a few garden maintenance tactics, your gardens will blossom to life with ease. Preparation of vegetable and flower bed gardens for new plants can begin at any time, but the ... Read More »

Fresh Greenery from the Garden for Holiday Decorating

The winter holidays provide a great opportunity to use greenery and garden elements in decorating your home. Fresh holiday greenery gives your home a warm holiday look while also giving off a wonderful, seasonal scent. When choosing greenery and other garden items to decorate with, select fresh materials with contrasting shapes, colors and textures. Kerry Smith, home grounds team leader ... Read More »

New E-book Improves Gardening in the South

Auburn, AL – It’s hard to beat gardening in the South. Gardeners can have something blooming or ready to eat all year long. But the challenges can be daunting.  Poor soil, insects and plant diseases, heat, and incorrect plant selection can often frustrate gardeners who struggle with questions that are beyond their skill level. Alabama Extension has released a new generation of resources for gardeners called ... Read More »

Attracting Birds to Your Garden

Bird House Basics Observing wildlife is the second most done leisure activity in the United State, and birds are one of the most commonly observed types of wildlife. Bird watching has been, and still is, a captivating hobby nationally and internationally. Birds range in a variety of species, colors, sizes and characteristics- each displaying its own distinct routines and habits ... Read More »