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County Extension

  • Ground pearls plague turf

    The weather continues to dominate conversations of gardeners and non-gardeners alike. I’m not sure what happened to that prediction of “drier and warmer than normal” for this winter. At least we’re moving back into a more typical pattern.

    There’s nothing new to say about the cold weather and our plants. Yes, the sago palms and oleanders got bitten and will require some extra pruning. But, so far, there is no significant damage on other, well adapted trees and shrubs.

  • Add more veggies

    Editor’s note: Fourth in a series of eight columns on “Med instead of Meds.”

     

    Eating a Mediterranean-style diet has been shown to reduce a person’s risk of chronic diseases. The basic concepts are to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, more fish, nuts, beans, seeds and olive oil similar to traditional diets of people who live in the Mediterranean region.

  • The Big Freeze leaves impact on local gardens

    We survived The Big Freeze of 2018.  It’s not quite “hit the beach” weather this weekend, but at least the daytime temperatures are well above freezing.

  • Olive oil swap

    Editor’s note: Third in a series of eight columns on “Med instead of Meds.”

     

  • Choose nuts instead

    Editor’s note: Second in a series of eight columns on “Med instead of Meds.”

     

    I know this isn’t going to be a hard concept to sell, but here it goes: eat more nuts.

  • Mediterranean eating style

    Editor’s note: First in a series of eight columns on “Med instead of Meds.”

     

    Your resolution is to eat heathier in 2018. How are you going to do that? I have an idea that doesn’t involve excessive dieting, a major lifestyle change or unusual foods. This is eating the “med” way.

  • Resolutions to help with weight loss

    Bet you’re expecting a New Year’s resolution column. It seems everywhere you look this week people are talking about resolutions for the New Year. But this isn’t going to be a “diet” column and I’m not going to tell you what to eat. But I do have some ideas for resolutions that can help you succeed with your goals.

  • Holiday food safety quiz

    The holiday season can put people at risk for a food-borne illness or what some folks call food poisoning. Refrigerators and dining rooms are full and parties and celebrations with food are plentiful so the opportunities are higher. No one wants to get a food-borne illness anytime during the year but especially not now.  

  • New magnolia varieties for coastal landscapes

    By Sam Marshall

     

    There may be no other tree that is more quintessentially Southern as the magnolia. Robust white flowers in the middle of summer and the glossy, deep green leaves seem to breathe life into those long, humid dog days of summer. These days, however, gardeners have many choices when it comes to magnolia selections, so even if you are not a fan of the traditional landscape, there are some excellent magnolia choices that will perform beautifully and with little maintenance in our coastal environment.

  • Strategies for a healthy holiday

    A couple of weeks ago I shared some holiday survival tips for those of you trying to lose weight-— or at least not gain weight — during the holiday season. I’ve seen statistics showing people can gain up to 10 pounds between Halloween and the Super Bowl each year. This is the big eating season! Not everyone will gain that much. Even if you only gain a pound or two, the problem is most folks don’t lose that weight once the party season is over — and this can go on year after year.