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Yellow Jackets Most Aggressive in Fall

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – With fall just around the corner, the time when yellow jackets are at their most aggressive is fast approaching. To make matters worse, Alabama is experiencing unusually high yellow jacket populations this year. …

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Freeze Vegetables This Summer

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – From tomatoes to squash, summer is filled with a wonderful bounty of garden vegetables. Wouldn’t it be great to have these fresh vegetables all year long? Luckily, people can freeze fresh produce from the local…

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Lightning Bugs: Summer’s Night Light

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Many southerners have fond memories of catching lightning bugs on a summer’s night. The fascination surrounding these insects always invoke curious questions. An Alabama Cooperative Extension System professional prov…

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Master Gardener Helpline Provides Valuable Garden Information

Does your garden have you stumped? Did a freeze burn your bulbs? Is there a deformed leaf on your azaleas? The Alabama Master Gardeners (MGs) are standing by, ready to answer questions on the Master Gardener Helpline.
Call 1-877-ALA-GROW

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Harvesting Your Own Groceries

Harvesting Your Own Groceries is part 17 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

To ensure high-quality, nutritious vegetables from your home garden and to prevent waste, proper harvesting at the right stage is essential. The time of d…

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Garden Problem Guide

Garden Proble Guide is part 16 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

There are a number of common garden problems that challenge novice and veteran gardeners alike.  Learn more about these problems and possible cures.

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The Myths of Picking a Watermelon

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – During the summer heat, cutting open the perfectly ripe watermelon is a great way to cool down. Picking the perfect watermelon can be deceiving though. Many social media sites claim to have the fool-proof method of…

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Vegetable Garden Insects

Vegetable Garden Insects is part 15 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Vegetables grown in the southern United States are vulnerable to attack by a variety of insect pests. Our warm temperatures and long growing seasons are not on…

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Angel’s and Devil’s Trumpets: Know the Difference

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Angel’s and Devil’s Trumpets, while closely related, are just as different as their names suggest. An Extension professional discusses these differences, as well as one important similarity.
Angel’s Trumpe…

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The Alabama Vegetable Gardener

The Alabama Vegetable Gardener Handbook offers valuable resources for both the beginning and veteran gardener.

Find links to all the sections of the Alabama Vegetable Gardener below.

Part 1—Planning for the Home Garden
Part 2…

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Nematodes Could Be the Reason Garden Is Unproductive

Nematodes Could Be the Reason Garden Is Unproductive is part 14 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Some gardeners are surprised to find that their gardens are not producing as many vegetables as they had expected. There could be s…

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Control Diseases for Top-Quality Tomatoes

Control Diseases for Top-Quality Tomatoes is part 13 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Tomatoes are by far the favorite and most widely grown vegetable in home gardens. Nothing can be more satisfying than picking a juicy red toma…

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Vegetable Information

Vegetable Information is part 12 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Alabama’s moderate climate and generally abundant rainfall mean the state’s gardeners can grow vegetables virtually year-round.

You may also want to download A…

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Home-Grown Seed

Home-Grown Seed is part 11 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Some Alabama gardeners like to save their own pea and bean seed to ensure a supply of that variety for the next year. It is best to set aside a short section of row sp…

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Bitter Cucumbers

Bitter Cucumbers is part 10 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Nearly every vegetable grown in the home garden has its quirks and problems. A problem that is sometimes associated with cucumbers and, on very rare occasions squash,…

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