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County Extension

  • Preserving foods: Resources for updated recipes

    We’ve received quite a few calls lately from people questioning the safety of or looking for a little advice on their home preserved foods. I had one man call about green beans, as the seals are breaking on the jars he put up last summer. Another caller was concerned about the cloudiness in the liquid surrounding her home-canned sweet peas. A woman asked about a remake recipe for too runny homemade jam.

  • Watch pH and watering to prevent vegetable blossom end rot

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Are the bottom ends of your tomatoes or squash turning black or leathery, or failing to develop properly? This problem, known as blossom end rot, is most common on tomatoes and squash, though it may also occur on peppers, eggplants, melons, cucumbers and zucchini.

  • Predator insects play a part in the garden’s grand scheme

    Every year, I eagerly await the opening of one of my favorite roses, Lady Bird, with its five-inch size blooms and fiery, coral-orange color. It is quite a showstopper.
    This year was no different. In the spring, my rose blooms are typically larger because there are fewer pests around to feed on them.
    Well, my rose did open, but to my surprise, was not as bold and beautiful as in the past. I decided to do some scouting to see if I could determine what or who the culprit was disturbing my plant.

  • Junior Gardeners mark club’s year end

    Dirt Diggers, Junior Master Gardeners, 4-H Club ended its club year with a special speaker, awards and much more.
    They first met special speaker Caroline O’Brien and her newest recruit, Luke, a service dog. The children were excited to learn about how she trains these dogs to help disabled adults. After many questions and a pet good-bye, they continued their meeting.

  • 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