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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 »

Tomatoes: Disease and Drought

Tomato plants are susceptible to foliar diseases and sensitive to drought.  To avoid those problems, gardeners need to use extra care in the garden. Selecting a disease resistant tomato variety is one of the first steps toward growing healthy tomato plants. There are plenty of good tomato varieties, but it’s best to pick a variety recommended for your region. To be ... Read More »

Turf Tips 101

With warmer weather and abundant rain, many Alabama lawns have jumped into high gear. Homeowners can tackle some simple chores to help get their turf in tip top shape. Dr. Dave Han, an Alabama Extension turf specialist, said general maintenance on the mower is one of the first orders of business. Sharpening mower blades, changing spark plugs and setting mower ... 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 »

Tomatoes: Pruning and Supporting

Tomato plants can produce a lot of delicious,  but heavy fruit. In order to keep tomato plants in top producing condition, pruning and support are essential. Pruning Pruning can increase fruit size and help facilitate early fruiting. Prune by removing suckers developed at ground level. Suckers forming below the first flower cluster should be left alone. Hunter McBrayer, an Alabama Extension ... Read More »

Daffodils Didn’t Bloom This Year?

Gardeners across the country love daffodils.  The beautiful white and yellow blooms brighten up the dreary winter weather, ushering in the spring. But sometimes these seemingly bullet-proof plants don’t bloom. Sallie Lee, an Alabama Extension urban regional agent,  has some ideas on why daffodils fail to bloom as well as tips for season’s end bulb care and ways to help ... Read More »

Tomatoes: Site Selection and Planting

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Tomatoes are one of the most popular plants grown in a southern garden, especially in Alabama. To get the most productivity from tomato plants requires gardeners do more planning and work than any other garden crop. Hunter McBrayer, an urban regional agent with Alabama Extension, recommends planting the garden close to home. “Gardens take a lot of work and the further ... Read More »

Attracting Garden Pollinators

Pollination is one of the most common concerns when planting late spring and early summer gardens. How do gardeners know if the cucumbers and squash are really getting pollinated? Alabama Extension Horticulturist, Dani Carroll, said there are several ways to ensure pollinators are active in a growing space. By simply observing a garden or flowerbed for a short period of time, one ... Read More »