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Nematode Control in the Home Vegetable Garden

Most gardeners are familiar with problems caused by diseases and insects because such problems are easily recognized. Few gardeners, however, are aware of the damage nematodes can cause.

Nematodes are microscopic (less than…

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Master Gardeners Deck the Halls at Farley-Hill House

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.— While Santa’s elves are busy working at the North Pole, Montgomery, Alabama has elves of its own working to decorate the Farley-Hill House next door to the Governor’s Mansion. Okay….they aren’t actually elve…

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Master Gardeners Make a Difference in Autauga County

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Many have the giving spirit around the holidays, but the Autauga County Master Gardeners keep that spirit alive all year. For more than 15 years, this group has been growing vegetables to share.

Every  Tuesday…

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Grow a Backyard Wildflower Meadow

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – A wildflower meadow bursting with blooms may seem like a spring dream, but now is the time to plant if you want one as part of your garden.

Dani Carroll, an Alabama Extension home grounds agent, said these col…

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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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The Factors of Fall Leaf Color

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Many parts of Alabama are known for their wonderful fall leaf color. People drive from all around to see the bright red, burnt orange and vibrant yellow colors. Many factors determine how beautiful the show of le…

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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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Composting This Fall

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Composting, or the process of converting plant debris into useful soil additives, is a great option for supplying key nutrients to the soil while also recycling yard and kitchen waste. As organic matter in the so…

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Alabama Beekeepers Symposium

The Alabama Beekeepers Symposium is one of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s most widely anticipated programs.  Now in its 25th year, the Symposium provides comprehensive education to both beginning and veteran beekeepers alike.

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Rain Barrels and Cisterns

Rain barrels and cisterns are ancient technologies that are making a comeback as water shortages prompt homeowners to save and use rain that falls on their properties. Large, plastic rain barrels are now available at home and garden…

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Watering Tips

 As with any system it is important to avoid runoff when irrigating or watering. Proper irrigation installation and design will ensure that each plant receives sufficient water.

Reduce the need for watering. Choose water-effic…

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Manage Pests in Your Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardens

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Now that fall is upon us, gardeners should take the needed steps to manage pests in their fall and winter vegetable gardens. People often forget that this time of year is when some pest populations are extremely …

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Drought and Landscape Trees: Effects, Signs, and Watering Guidelines

Alabama is in the midst of a drought with unusually warm fall weather and trees are beginning to exhibit signs of stress. Droughts, especially prolonged droughts, affect trees and other woody plants in serious ways. The effects are not alwa…

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Mums: The Southern Star of Fall

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Fall in Alabama is often characterized by beautiful displays of orange leaves, gourds and pumpkins. The star of fall in the South, however, is chrysanthemums, more commonly known as mums. The bold crimson, burnt …

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