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Friday, December 9, 2022

    Straw bale gardening great alternative to planting a garden

    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Farmers and gardeners have been using compost for thousands of years, but that doesn’t mean it always has to be the same old food scraps, pet scat and lawn clippings. Wheat straw bales make great compost—and great planters. What is straw...

    Picking the perfect Valentine’s Day roses

    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Roses and Valentine’s Day go together like bread and butter. Unfortunately, some roses can begin to droop and wilt after only a few days. Make the love last this year by choosing long-lasting roses, or even growing bushes full of...

    Simply Southern television show brings Extension expertise to wider audiences

    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s partnership with Simply Southern TV is expanding. In 2022, viewers can learn ways to transform their landscapes into Alabama Smart Yards. Partnership Expanding Becky Barlow, the interim assistant director for Alabama Extension’s agriculture, forestry and natural resources programs, said...

    Plan ahead to ensure your turkey is ready to roast

    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — People across the nation are looking forward to a more normal holiday season this year. To keep this holiday safe and healthy, a food safety regional agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says thaw your turkey correctly to ensure...

    Cullman Master Gardener’s distribute sweet potatoes to non-profit organizations in Cullman

    CULLMAN, Ala. - The North Alabama Agriplex hosted the Cullman County Master Gardener’s meeting Wednesday morning. The Gardeners welcomed Adrienne Standridge, coordinator for the Society of St. Andrews, to give a presentation on the project for the day “Gleaning and Gratitude.” Ben Johnson introduced...

    Selecting which tomato plants to grow

    With all the tomato varieties available, deciding which ones to plant can be fun yet confusing. Alabama Extension has conducted many tomato programs over the years and included a tomato taste test as part of the program. Choosing which variety can be overwhelming, but...

    Deer: Attract or deter?

     AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Deer in residential areas—homeowners either love the friendly visitors or wish they would leave plants alone. While hunting season has come and gone, traces of white-tailed deer in residential areas or on landowners’ property are nearing their peak. According to...

    Over vs. under watering house plants

     AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Wouldn’t it be nice if house plants could talk? That would certainly make caring for them easier. Many people feel helpless as they watch their house plant struggle, not knowing whether it is receiving too much or too little water....

    Purchasing seeds from online “yard sale” platforms

    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – When purchasing seeds in the store, there is a general trust that what is on the packet is what will grow. However, is the same true when purchasing seeds online? Various sellers offer almost any seed the heart desires on...

    Planning the perfect picnic

    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Spring has sprung. The weather is warming up and nature is starting to teem with new life. Since Friday was National Picnic Day, it is the perfect excuse to enjoy the spring weather with a family picnic. So, grab a...