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Adding Blueberries to Home Landscape

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AUBURN, Ala.—Looking for a plant to grow in an area with full sun and that becomes more drought resistant over time? Blueberries are an excellent choice when adding plants to gardens and home landscaping. Assuming the soil conditions and the amount of available sunlight are adequate, blueberries can be incorporated almost anywhere. The blueberry plant itself is adorned in spring ... Read More »

Succulents: The No Hassle Plants Anyone Can Grow

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Succulents are low-maintenance, beautiful plants that are growing in popularity. They are easy to take care of and come in many varieties, giving gardeners the opportunity to be creative when planting them. Lucy Edwards, a home grounds regional agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, described succulents as having an “eye-catching appeal.” She also said the plants are very easy to ... Read More »

November is Pansy Planting Time

AUBURN, AL—November is known for the fall weather, leaves changing, pumpkin picking and of course Thanksgiving. However, November is also a prime time to plant pansies. With the air getting cooler, pansies can add more variety to any garden. “Pansies are very durable winter annuals, blooming non-stop through snowy blankets and single digit temperatures. The plants can freeze, only to ... Read More »

Preparing Your Garden for Fall

AUBURN, Ala.—Now that fall is here, it is important to know how to take care of your garden and what to plant during the autumn season. It is important to give your garden the same love and attention it gets during the spring and summer months, because the plants finish producing crop in the fall. “Growing a productive fall vegetable garden ... Read More »

Gardening Leads to a Harvest of Health

A research partnership between the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Community Fund of Greater Birmingham, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and various groups of Master Gardeners of has led to a harvest of health among breast cancer survivors in Alabama. In 2010, the Comprehensive Cancer Center of UAB partnered with the Jefferson County Master Gardeners to begin a new ... Read More »

Food Friday: Tomatoes

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Tomatoes are ripe and ready! Change the swing of things and try a delcious twist on the bright red vegetables Southerners know and love. Vince and Karen Wallace, of Tuscaloosa County share their recipe for “Miss Emily’s Green Tomato Soup,” a perfect dish to serve just before the tomatoes are ripe. Margaret Mazikowski, of 4 Maz Farms in Madison County, shares ... Read More »

Food Friday: Stuffed Bell Peppers

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Brightly colored and wonderfully flavored bell peppers are often used to garnish a meal and add special flavor and color. Have you ever used bell peppers as the main dish? John Hall, of Clarke County, has a recipe for Stuffed Bell Peppers that is sure to make your mouth water. Whether you’re feeding an army or a handful, bell peppers would ... Read More »

How Does Your Garden Grow? With SOW App

You can grow vegetables and fruits year-round in Alabama and across much of the Southeast. The challenge for many gardeners is knowing what to plant, how to plant it and when to plant it. But SOW, a new mobile app from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, takes the guess work out of garden planting. Kerry Smith, one of the leaders ... Read More »

Pest Management in the Garden

Are the vegetables in your garden under attack? Summer weather can bring hungry garden pests to feed on luscious green leaves. Alabama Extension Entomologist Ayanava Majumdar said there are ways to curb pest damage in the garden through the use of integrated pest management (IPM) practices. “There are many ways to integrate pest management practices in the garden,” Majumdar said. “Extension ... Read More »

Food Friday: Summer Squash

Many gardeners in central Alabama are already catching a glimpse of cheery yellow squash ripening in the garden. Right now, squash cooked with butter, bacon and onion sounds like a delicious side dish, but as the summer wears on, your tastebuds might like a little deviation from the norm. Since squash plants produce all summer long, try incorporating these recipes ... Read More »