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February Not the Time to Prune Hydrangeas

AUBURN, Ala.—The month of February brings blooms of many different shapes and sizes, a sure sign spring is around the corner. While daffodils and camellias are blooming in bright colors, gardeners may find themselves spending more time readying the flowerbeds. While it may be tempting, February is not the time to prune your hydrangea bushes. Understanding flower development for each ... 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 »

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 »

Grow Flowers in the Fall No Matter Where You Live

As summer comes to an end and the weather grows chilly, it is sad to see gardens lose their color as the flowers disappear. This year, that doesn’t have to happen! Whether you live in a house with a sprawling garden or in an apartment with limited pot space, you can add color outside that will flourish throughout the fall. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Spruce Up Gardens with Annual Color

The onset of spring weather has homeowners excited to get into the yard and garden, anxious to push away the drab colors of winter. Before rushing to the store or digging in, there are several important things to consider. Seeds vs. Transplants Regional Extension Agent Bethany O’Rear said the first decision to make when preparing to plant is whether to ... Read More »