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Rain Gardens

Rain gardens catch, filter, and hold stormwater. They are simple gardens designed in pocket-like depressions to capture rainwater from your rooftop, driveway, and upland areas. They allow the rainwater to then slowly soak into the g…

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Prepare Your Lawn for the Fall and Winter Months

ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Cold weather and frosts mark the end of the growing season and the start of fall and winter. Now is a great time to prepare your lawn for the fall and winter months. It is time to get back outside and star…

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Fall: Time for a Garden Refresh

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—As autumn brings cooler temperatures to Alabama, it looks as if summer heat is on the way out. Pleasant weather has drawn many southern gardeners out to make lawn and garden updates.

Whether it is general mainte…

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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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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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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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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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Weed Control in Home Gardens

Weed Control in Home Gardens is part 8 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Good weed control may determine to a large extent the success of your home garden. Weeds compete with the crop for soil moisture, sunlight, space, and plant…

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Fertilizing the Organic Garden

Fertilizing the Organic Garden is part 7 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Organic nutrient sources have two distinct advantages: (1) They provide a slow release nitrogen source to crops that won’t burn plants as easily or as s…

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Garden Fertilizer

Garden Fertilizer is part 6 of The Alabama Master Gardener series.

You should soil test to ensure you apply the correct nutrients in the correct amounts for your garden.

Home Soil Testing: Taking a Sample

Home Soil Testing: Using …

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Excessive Phosphorus in Garden Soils

Excessive Phosphorus in Garden Soils is part 4 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Soil-test records from Auburn University show that more than 40 percent of Alabama garden soils have very high or excessive levels of phosphorus (P)…

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Acid Soils Create Gardening Problems

Acid Soils Create Gardening Problems is part 3 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Acid soils (low pH) cause more gardening problems in Alabama than any other soil factor.

Soils become acid naturally in humid climates. Rainfall,…

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