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County Extension

  • Although it’s cold, it’s a good time to start planning your garden

    Judy Koehly
    Master Gardener
    During the cold month of January, what we really want to do is curl up in front of the fireplace with some hot chocolate and the new seed catalogs. Go ahead and enjoy. Now is the best time to plan for our new bigger and better spring garden.
    If you have saved photos from last year’s garden, dig them out and use them to help lay out any changes you talked about making last year.

  • Teen 4-H council meets monthly

    Brunswick County Teen Council is a 4-H teen club for students in sixth grade up to 19 years old. It meets one Saturday each month.
    Club goals are to plan and implement 4-H programs, leadership growth and to “join the Revolution of Responsibility.”
    This month, members elected their 2013 officers: Kenan Bridges, president; Amber Yurgel, vice president; Angelique Apple, secretary/treasurer; and Samantha Lawrence, club reporter.

  • Master Gardener class to begin Feb. 13

    The Master Gardeners of Brunswick County offer a unique horticulture class for Brunswick County residents. The class provides the basic knowledge needed to maintain a yard/garden in the coastal plain of North Carolina.
    The next scheduled class will start on Feb.13 and run through March 20. All classes begin at 9 a.m.
    This class is shorter and less expensive than the Master Gardener class and contains less science and more “how to” content.

  • Eat smart, move more and weigh less in the new year

    You may not tell others, but you know you gained a few pounds during the holidays. You’ve resolved to eat better, exercise more, lose those holiday pounds and maybe even a couple more. But first, you have to figure out how.
    If you want a little help and motivation, the Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less program offered by the N.C. Cooperative Extension in Brunswick County may be just what you need.
    This class starts at 5:30 p.m.
    Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness Center on the Brunswick Community College campus.

  • Resolutions for gardening in 2013: Learn, compost and mulch

    By Judy Koehly
    Master Gardener
    To start out the new year right, sign up for a gardening class at the community college and/or take a seminar offered by the Extension Center. There is always new information coming out that will help you with your gardening skills and it’s a great way to meet more gardeners.
    Fertilizer offers a wonderful boost to help your turf and your bedding plants to grow healthy and robust; however, fertilizer that falls on roadways will go directly into creeks, streams and rivers and can cause excessive aquatic plant growth.

  • Gardening tips for those who would love to have a beautiful landscape

    By Judy Koehly
    Brunswick County Master Gardener
    If you would like to have an abundance of flowers without spending hours and hours on maintenance your wish is my command!  Here are my tips for having a beautiful garden without investing a ton of time or money:  

  • Make a resolution to practice food safety in the New Year

    This past year I’ve frequently written in this column about food safety at home and in restaurants. This week I’m reviewing of the basic concepts by suggesting some “food safety” New Year resolutions that can help prevent you or a family member from getting a food-borne illness.
    Another good thing: These resolutions may be easier to keep than most and they might save you a trip to the doctor or hospital.
    •I will wash my hands and encourage kids to wash their hands before eating.

  • Eat Smart program begins Jan. 10

    After scrounging around the kitchen for one last holiday goodie, you find a single sugar cookie hiding in the bottom tin. You grab it, and head toward the mountain of decorations that need to be packed away until next year. Several hours later, the last box has been shoved into the attic or garage.
    Surveying the house, you see that all the gifts have been put away and everything appears to be back to normal…finally. And then you spot it, shouting at you from the bathroom floor…your old friend, the scale.

  • Protein foods: Eating a variety is key

    Eat a variety of foods from the protein foods group each week. Experiment with main dishes made with beans or peas, nuts, soy and seafood.
    Choose lean or low-fat cuts of meat like round or sirloin and ground beef that is at least 90 percent lean. Trim or drain fat from meat and remove poultry skin.
    Try grilling, broiling, roasting or baking. They don’t add extra fat. Some lean meats need slow, moist cooking to be tender. Try a slow cooker for them. Avoid breading meat or poultry, which adds calories.

  • How to plant a landscape in a little bit of time

    By Judy Koehly
    Master Gardener
    Combine annuals, bulbs, perennials and shrubs; no one plant should have to do all of the work. Plant your beds with a backbone of perennials, shrubs and bulbs. These plants provide permanent color in your garden. Leave some open spaces that you can fill with annuals for all-summer color. Because perennials, shrubs and bulbs don’t need to be planted each year, spring planting takes less time.