ACES Publications
February 2016 E-Newsletter

February 2016

Upcoming Events

County 4-H Public Speaking Contest  - February 18th

Pruning Crapemyrtles Workshop - February 20th

Native Pollinator Workshop - March 4th


Please Stop Abusing and Ruining Crapemyrtles

As a horticulturist, one thing that really gripes me each winter is seeing crapemyrtles all across the area being pruned wrong - butchered back and abused. Why, why, why? Many tall beautiful crapemyrtles are being reduced to nothing but ugly stubs. This improper pruning technique has been coined "Crape Murder", as once described by […]   Read More

Soups to Warm You Up on Cold Winter Days

During these cold winter days, nothing is more satisfying than a warm bowl of homemade soup. Try these soup recipes that are sure to keep you warm and cozy this winter. Taco Soup 48 oz. great northern beans, drained 1 can black beans, drained 2 cans diced tomatoes 2 cans Mexican or Fiesta corn, drained […]   Read More

Native Pollinator Workshop - March 4th

We need a healthy insect population to pollinate our plants!…. Some plants are wind pollinated (examples: grasses, conifers, and few others), but most plants with showy flowers need helpers to visit them and move pollen from the male flower parts (anther) to the female parts (stigma). Lots of insects assist this process as they feed […]   Read More

Bluebirds Will Soon be House Hunting

Eastern Bluebirds, one of Alabama's year-round residents, declined in population in years past due to the lack of natural nesting cavities caused by the changing habitat and competition from the introduction of Starlings and House Sparrows. But thanks mostly to people constructing and placing up nest boxes, these birds have recovered and are improving their […]   Read More

2016 4-H Chicken Chain Project

The 4-H Chick Chain is a fun project where members can acquire their very own backyard chickens. It is designed to teach 4-H members recommended management practices for growing and raising chickens. Participants in the 4-H Chick Chain project will …. Develop poultry management skills Learn to produce healthy chickens Develop an awareness for business […]   Read More

Beef Basics Online Course Now Open

Beef cattle are raised in every county of Alabama. The Alabama cattle industry is a $2.5 billion industry, making it the state’s second highest ranked commodity. Dr. Kim Mullenix, an Alabama Extension beef cattle specialist, sees the state’s booming cattle industry as an opportunity to further educate the producers and supporters of the Alabama beef cattle […]   Read More


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