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Master Gardener Helpline Open for Business

Auburn, Alabama — The Alabama Master Gardener Program is an instructional program. It is designed to train volunteers in the subjects of horticulture, entomology, plant pathology and soils. The Master Gardener program was created to increase the availability of home horticultural information through qualified volunteers, and to improve community life with community projects. To understand the depth of the program, ... Read More »

Forests in the City – Why Urban Forestry is Key

Auburn, Ala.—When most people hear the words city or urban, trees are likely not the first images that come to mind. Jack Rowe, an arborist, entomologist and horticulturist who works as an urban forestry agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, gave more information about the subject. What may be surprising to some is that trees are actually essential for cities ... Read More »

Producers Going Soilless to Grow Vegetables

  AUBURN, Ala. – How do your vegetables grow?  Increasingly, some produce is grown hydroponically. Commercial hydroponic production is not as common as livestock or row crop production in Alabama, but hydroponically produced leafy greens and tomatoes are extremely popular in several Alabama restaurants and dining facilities. The term “hydroponically produced” means the produce was grown in a media such as rock wool, ... Read More »

Alabama Master Gardeners Bloom

People want to give back to their communities. Sometimes, the challenge is finding the volunteer opportunity best suited to them. For people who are interested in gardening and nature, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System has a volunteer program that may be just what they are looking for. One of Alabama Extension’s most recognized community involvement efforts is its Alabama Master Gardener ... Read More »

Horticulture Helpline Up and Running

Got questions about your garden or lawn? Master Gardeners throughout the state are manning Horticulture Helpline phones to answer questions from gardeners and homeowners. Master Gardeners provide answers based on current research and best practices under the supervision of Alabama Extension agents. “Generally, the toll-free helpline is manned Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and is available ... Read More »