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Water Quality Best Management Practices

…activities may include a wide range of efforts requiring the involvement of federal and state agencies, city and county governments, local businesses and industry, and individual citizens.

Nonpoint source pollution (NPS) is largely addre…

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Collecting and Storing Seeds

…l germinate after being harvested and planted before they have time to dry. As previously noted, it can be tricky and a good reference book can save a lot of time and frustration.

The next step after harvesting the seed is to clean the p…

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Be Safe and Smart With Pesticides

…information,” O’Rear said. “For example, recently, some manufacturers have introduced new products with similar logos to products already on the market. These products have extremely different applications; one targets weeds in lawns,…

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Marketing Alfalfa-Bermudagrass to Horse Owners

…ld to horse owners, it is important to understand the difference between being a seller or a marketer.

The goal of hay sellers is to identify customers who like what they produce, sell the hay at a fair price, and move it as qu…

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Forestry, Wildlife & Natural Resources Team Impacts 2018

…ogram topics include squirrels, chipmunks, moles, voles, commensal rodents, bats, snakes, and white-tailed deer.

The goal of these activities is to educate clients in how to identify damage and take actions necessary to eliminate this da…

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

…ned about children playing nearby, plant them toward the back of a flower bed.”

Smith said using common sense is a good rule with any endeavor, gardening and otherwise.

“Don’t eat a plant if you don’t recognize it or know it w…

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Drying Fruits at Home

…ied Fruit
Fill a clean, dry jar 3⁄4 full with the dried fruit. Tighten the lid securely. Leave it for 3 to 4 days, vigorously shaking the jar every day. This will equalize any remaining moisture that is in the fruit.

Next, place…

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Recycling Leaves

… plants.

If you don’t have a bin, you can create a compost heap, which is simply a free-standing pile of leaves. A good, workable size is about 3 feet wide and 3 feet high. The size can vary according to the amount of leaves used.

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Managing Irrigation for Container Nurseries

…to collect the amount leached. Plastic wrap can be used to seal the nursery pot to the bucket (Figure 1). A 15% LF is a good target for most container nurseries. Find complete instructions for calculating leaching fractions here.

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From the Live Well Alabama Kitchen – Grilled Cheese Surprise

…ystem at Auburn University. This initiative reaches residents across the state with research-based education.

“Our goal is to raise awareness of healthy lifestyle choices,” said Sondra Parmer, Alabama Extension specialist with SNAP-E…

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Live Well Recipe: Spinach Dip

Try our Spinach Dip as a cool snack or party treat. Serve with veggies, such as carrots, celery, or bell peppers, for a healthy crunch. Serves 12.
1 package frozen spinach, thawed, 10 ounces

1/2 cup low-fat sour cream

1 …

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Food Safety for Southern U.S. Food Crop Producers After Flooding

…e harvestable portion of the crop to be covered by floodwater is lower in fruits growing on trees, such as avocados, mangoes, and citrus. Even shrubs that are not as tall, such as tomatoes, can be tall enough that the lowest part of the har…

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Control Diseases for Top-Quality Tomatoes

…s. The first step in planning a successful disease control program is to select a location for your tomatoes that has good drainage and is in a full-sun location. It is best to select a site that has not had tomatoes, peppers, or potatoes…

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Vegetable Information

…crop and planting information for growing zones 6a, 6b, 7b, 8a and 8b in Alabama and is available in both the Apple and Google stores.
Asparagus is one of the most valuable of the early garden vegetables and is adaptable to free…

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Growing Tomatoes

…lt to manage when dry.

Select an adapted variety and reject any plants with symptoms of disease. There are dozens of good tomato varieties, but it’s best to pick a recommended variety for your region. Be sure the variety you select has…

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