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County Extension

  • Practicing the not-so-scary art of pruning hydrangeas

    By Judy Koehly
    Master Gardener
    Pruning hydrangea bushes is not necessary unless the shrubs have become overgrown or unsightly.
    You can safely remove spent blooms (deadhead) anytime. However, there are deadheading tips to keep in mind for optimal results. Try to keep cuts above the first set of large leaves or only cut down to the last healthy buds. This ensures the safety of any developing blooms for the next season.

  • Washing fruits and vegetables

    Research shows that eating lofts of fresh fruits and vegetables reduces our risk of some cancers and other diseases, but we also hear of the risks associated with eating raw produce.
    There have been cases of food-borne illnesses linked to melons, sprouts, spinach, tomatoes and several other items. The bacteria that cause these illnesses are destroyed by heating, but many fruits and vegetables, like lettuce, melons and strawberries, are never cooked, so you may wonder how to reduce the risk while getting the nutritional benefits.

  • Master Gardeners lend a hand to spruce up Carolina Shores

    A group of Master Gardeners from the Brunswick County Community Extension Service, all of whom live in Carolina Shores and the Carolina Shores Golf Course, have all come together for a beautification project that benefits everyone.
    A small island of land on golf course property that that leads to the entrance of the golf course had become overgrown and unsightly but, because of the golf course’s financial difficulties, the course could not do the necessary pruning and landscaping that it had previously done before.

  • Eating together is cheaper, better

    A couple weeks ago, I wrote in this column about the importance of family meals. I shared some research on why family meals are important to the social, educational and moral development of a child. I got lots of positive comments on this column. Thank you.
    There’s some additional research that shows when families eat together, the meals are healthier.

  • 4-H’ers teach elementary kids about building strong bones

    During National 4-H Week, Oct. 7-13, youth in Brunswick County had the opportunity to teach on a farm during Brunswick Counties 4-H School Enrichment-Life on the Farm. They also learned about robotics engineering through participation in the 4-H National Youth Science Day experiment and taught youth at Communities in Schools’ after-school programs at Union and Virginia Williamson schools.

  • Tourism authority wins awards

    The Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) was recently awarded two Destination Marketing Achievement awards from the Destination Marketing Association of North Carolina (DMANC). The awards were presented at a ceremony on Sept. 27 at the Tourism Leadership Conference, a joint annual meeting of DMANC and the North Carolina Travel Industry Association (NCTIA), at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley in Raleigh.

  • 4-H Senior Horticulture Team competes at nationals

    On Oct. 5, the Brunswick County 4-H Senior Horticulture Team of Darby Dawkins, Carlyn Clarke, Camden Clarke and coach Dr George Wong-Chong, representing North Carolina, attended the National Junior Horticulture Association (NJHA) Convention at Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
    The team participated in the horticulture judging and plant identification competition, photography competition, photography workshop, horticulture jeopardy and horticulture connection.

  • Some ways to fight breast cancer

    By Sarah Barnwell
    Family & Consumer Sciences Agent

    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast cancer will affect one out of every eight women in the USA, so it is important for all women to learn how to help fight against breast cancer and to know the signs of breast cancer. Knowledge and medical technology improves greatly with each passing year.

  • Have a healthier Halloween

    It’s really hard to think of Halloween as a time to practice healthy eating habits. Kids love the holiday because it’s a festive day when they can get dressed up and get some treats. For most kids, it’s a time to get as much candy as possible for their own private stash, but as a parent or grandparent, you can intervene a little and still let it be fun. You can help kids enjoy the holiday without overindulging.

  • Sasanqua: The other camellia

    By Tom Woods
    Agricultural Technician
    This column is written by Charlotte Glenn, the horticultural agent in Pender County, North Carolina. This information on sasanqua camellias is applicable to Brunswick County. You can read more of Charlotte’s writings by logging onto the Pender County Extension website at pender.ces.ncsu.edu/.
    Though not as well known as their spring flowering cousins, fall-blooming camellias are wonderful landscape plants for the southeast.