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Alabama Smoketree: A Beautiful Addition to Your Yard or Garden

AUBURN, Ala. – One of Alabama’s treasures is the  Smoketree.  This tree is steadily gaining popularity and can be seen all across the state. “As a result of selective breeding, the Smoketree has become popular in many landscapes throughout the state,” said Eric Schavey, an Alabama Extension regional agent of home grounds, gardens and home pests. Common Names Also referred to as a ... Read More »

Ready, Set, Grow: Heirloom Tomatoes

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AUBURN, Ala.— Whether consumers choose to purchase their food or grow it themselves, many are interested in moving away from mass-produced items—including commercial tomato varieties. Alabama Extension Regional Agent, Hunter McBrayer said the trend brings consumers looking for more natural and sustainable foods. “Many believe heirloom tomatoes are more ‘natural’ and sustainable,” McBrayer said. “While you can save seed from ... 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 »