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County Extension

  • Pine bark beetles damage area trees

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener

  • Kindergarteners like CalciYum

    After training and much preparation, Brunswick County 4-H TiLT (Teens in Leadership Training) teens presented “CalciYum for Kindergartners!” at Belville Elementary School on Monday, April 23, to 120 kindergarten students. This program was specially designed by the TiLT teens through a grant from the N.C. Osteoporosis Foundation to teach the importance of strong bones.

  • Master Gardeners have plant sale May 10-12

    Extension Master Gardeners, a nonprofit organization, will have a plant sale May 10, 11 and 12 at North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, Brunswick County Center, County Government Complex greenhouse (back parking lot of building N) in Bolivia. Come early and often from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
    Choose from: colorful annuals, flowers, veggies and vines, blueberries, blackberries and grapes, herbs, many herbaceous perennials, trees (dogwoods, Japanese maples), azaleas, screening trees and shrubs.

  • Homeowner tips for watering

    It was not until recently that the public took notice of the need to conserve water. Even now, most homeowners are more familiar with methods and techniques reducing water use inside the home using low-flush toilets, low-flow showerheads and water-saving washing machines and dishwashers.

  • Making strawberry jam

    Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension
    Brunswick County Center
    Strawberries are plentiful this season and many folks are thinking about preserving the bounty. I’ve received a few calls about making reduced sugar jams and jellies. Often the caller is a family member or a friend of a diabetic and they want to make this “special jam” so the diabetic patient can enjoy the fresh fruit spreads.

  • National Raisin Day fetes tiny fruit

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

  • 4-H camps train superheroes

    Brunswick County 4-H, sponsored by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, will offer a variety of activities, field trips, and day camps for children through the “Super Heroes in Training” 4-H Summer Enrichment Program. This summer is full of fun and educational activities for youth to participate in, beginning June 18.

  • Sapsuckers damage trees

    Have you ever noticed quarter-inch holes neatly spaced in horizontal or vertical rows on tree trunks or on the branches? Many people misdiagnose this problem suspecting borer damage. The holes made by borers appear more randomly and are not neatly arranged in a row or pattern.

  • Aluminum is the key to changing hydrangea color

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener

    Often purchased as a gift plant, big leaf hydrangea can be transplanted in landscapes and enjoyed year after year. It prefers morning sun, afternoon shade and moist, well-drained soil. It will grow in locations with afternoon sun, but will probably wilt and need more supplemental watering.

  • Celebrate salsa by making your own

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