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Extension Agent Cultivates Community at Senior Living Facility

DOTHAN, Ala.—A garden is a place for people of all ages to gather, share community and interact with one another. Regional Alabama Extension Agent Lucy Edwards is cultivating a community of gardeners at Glen East Apartments in Dothan, Alabama. This is Edwards’ first year to work with the seniors at Glen East. Raised bed gardens were built for seniors to ... Read More »

Grow A Perfect Tomato

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AUBURN, Ala.—Tomato plants are a staple in any backyard or container garden. Some growers prefer smaller, early ripening varieties, while others prefer bigger tomatoes—ready later in the season. Regardless of personal preference, Marcus Garner, Alabama Cooperative Extension urban regional agent said the most important tomato-growing consideration is the temperature and weather. “Often times we are so preoccupied with getting our ... Read More »

Growing Fruits and Vegetables in Alabama

Auburn, Ala. –It’s officially spring time in the South, which means it’s beautiful outside and the ideal season to start growing your favorite fruits and vegetables. Whether you’re dreaming of starting your very own home garden and are not sure where to begin or have been tending for years, we’ve got benefits, helpful tips and nutritional information for any home grower. The ... Read More »

Best Practices for Home Gardens During Winter

Best Practices for Home Gardens in Winter

AUBURN, Alabama– Winter is here, but for home gardeners that does not mean it is time to head indoors. There are several best practices for home gardens during winter. Planting cover crops, keeping your garden clean and mulching are just a few of these practices. “Right now is a good time to plant a cover crop if you’re not going to plant ... Read More »

Pecan Trees–A Perfect Addition to the Home Landscape

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AUBURN,Ala.—The holiday season is upon us and people around the country are looking forward to gatherings spent feasting with families and friends. One food in particular that is often found at many holiday celebrations is pecan pie. Unknown to many, Alabama is actually an ideal place for growing pecan trees.  You could someday produce a pecan pie for the holidays ... 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 »

The Buzz on Backyard Beekeeping

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AUBURN, Ala. — Backyard beekeeping has caught the attention of homeowners and gardeners across the United States, following in the wake of the Green Revolution and Eat Local movements. With the colony collapse disasters in 2006 leaving honeybee populations at an all-time low, gardeners decided to take matters into their own hands by planting pollinator gardens and becoming backyard beekeepers. ... Read More »

Tea Olives: A Staple for Southern Gardens

If you’re looking to add shrubs to your garden this fall, then it might be time to add tea olives to the mix. An Alabama Extension horticulture professional called tea olive shrubs (genus Osmanthus)  a classic staple of southern gardens. “Tea olives bring color and a sweet fragrance with its delicate blossoms,” said Mike McQueen, Alabama Extension Regional Horticulture Agent. ... 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 »

Cucumbers to Pickles: Pickling Basics 101

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Are cucumber plants weighing you down? If salads and sandwiches have you all cucumbered out, try making some delicious pickles to can and save for later. To pickle vegetables, it is important to know canning basics. Here are some tips and tricks, tried and true, from the Alabama Extension Home Food Preservation Cookbook. Cucumbers aren’t the only vegetables used to make ... Read More »