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County Extension

  • Nutritious foods can taste good, too

    By Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    North Carolina Cooperative Extension
    Brunswick County Center

  • Invite hummingbirds to your backyard

    It is time to get out into the garden and get things cleaned up and ready for annual planting. I love this time of year when the plants are all coming out of dormancy and life is present everywhere. I always fill up my birdbath to encourage wildlife into my yard.
    Most of us plant gardens for some reason, whether it is to increase the property value, prevent erosion, to grow food or to bring wildlife into the yard.

  • Master Gardeners plan plant sale

    The Master Gardener volunteers of the Brunswick County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service will conduct their spring plant sale at the Cooperative Extension Service in the Government Center in Bolivia (follow the signs) on the following dates:
    •Thursday, April 5, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    •Friday, April 6, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    •Saturday, April 7, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Celebrate Nutrition Month with healthy eating suggestions

    By Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Sciences Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension Service
    Brunswick County Center

  • Applying insecticides to flowering plants can kill bees

    By Stephen Garton
    UGA Cooperative Extension

    On a visit to the Sawnee Mountain Preserve in Cumming, Ga., I was shocked to find many dead bees in the preserve’s observation hive.
    The fallen insects were piled up at the bottom of the display and at the entrance and exit to the hive.
    Bill Dunn, who manages the hive for the center, believed the bees collected nectar from flowers that had been sprayed or dusted with an insecticide and had inadvertently contaminated themselves with it. He expected most of the bees in the hive would die as a result.

  • March into spring with blooming colors

    Look at what is blooming now! The Brunswick County Botanical Garden is starting to come alive with color.
    The saucer magnolia is blooming and the forsythia is covered in bright yellow flowers. The daffodils have finally pushed their heads above ground. The purple leaf plum is covered in what looks like cotton candy and the winter Daphne fills the air with its ever, so sweet scent.

  • Morrill Act: 150-year anniversary

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Higher education in America was once a luxury for the privileged. In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln changed that when he signed the Morrill Act, which established the nation’s land-grant universities and opened doors of higher education to more Americans.
    The act directed funding to agriculture, engineering and mechanical arts education, helping build the infrastructure that has kept us strong and helps feed the world today.

  • Tips for produce preparation

    By Myra Burgess
    Family Nutrition Program Assistant
    Expanded Foods & Nutrition Program
    Brunswick County Cooperative Extension

    •Begin with clean hands. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before and after preparing fresh produce.
    •Cut away any damaged or bruised areas on fresh fruits and vegetables. Produce that looks rotten should be discarded.
    •All produce should be thoroughly washed before eating. Wash fruits and vegetables under running water just before eating, cutting or cooking.

  • Map denotes planting zones

    Most gardeners are familiar with the U.S. Hardiness Zone Map. Typically when consumers purchase plant material, the zones are listed on the tag of the plant.
    The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is used to provide the gardener and grower with a guide for determining if a plant is likely to survive the winter in a garden or field. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree zones. The lower the number on the map, the colder the zone.

  • Go for the green on St. Patrick’s Day

    By Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension Service
    Brunswick County Center