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County Extension

  • 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

  • Applying fertilizer: Should you feed the soil or spray the plant?

    By Judy Koehly
    Master Gardener
    Our sandy soils cannot store nutrients for long periods of time, releasing them according to plant needs, as do loamy soils, so domesticated plants (including lawns, flowers, shrubs and vegetables) benefit from a careful periodic application of fertilizer. Gardeners add fertilizer either by applying it to the soil or by using a water-soluble product and spraying the foliage.

  • Choosing tomato varieties

    Healthy, vigorous tomato vines can produce a lot of fruit. If you’re new to gardening, try growing just a few tomato plants at first perhaps two or three plants of two to three varieties. Of the thousands available, from cherished heirloom types to the hottest new hybrids, how do you narrow your choices?
    Criteria for choosing varieties

  • Preventing problems in the kitchen

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

    Cook with lids on to save energy, reduce splattering, and lessen the likelihood of spills.
    Cover all liquids in the refrigerator to prevent spillage.
    Cover marinating foods and place them in the refrigerator where it is less likely for bacteria to grow.
    To prevent spills, replace weak or breakable containers, like flour bags, with plastic containers.

  • Brunswick County celebrates healthy counties, healthy families

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

    Our Brunswick County Commissioners have proclaimed this National County Government Month. The theme for this celebration is “Healthy Counties, Healthy Families.” This is a great time for us to look at the programs and services that we have here in Brunswick County that encourage and support healthy families in our community.

  • Burweed and sandspur have sharp burrs

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    There are two weeds found in lawns that have sharp burs: burweed and spurweed. It’s easy to get them confused, since their names are often used interchangeably, but there are ways to tell the difference, which is important since correct identification of a weed is the first step in controlling it.

  • Have you seen a kudzu bug in Brunswick County?

    In 2009, the kudzu bug, Megacopta cribraria (F.), also known the bean plataspid, lablab bug, or globular stinkbug, was reported in nine counties in northeastern Georgia. The following year, the insect had been found in more than 60 counties North Carolina.
    Since then, surveys by NCSU Entomology Department and the N.C. Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services have confirmed the presence of the kudzu bug in kudzu patches and soybean fields in more than 55 counties. It is likely present in many other counties, but simply has not yet been seen there.

  • Sample your lawn for mole crickets

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener

  • To reduce sodium in your diet, watch out for processed foods

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