.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

County Extension

  • 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

  • Favorite flowers to plant now

    I am confident we will not experience another freeze this year. This is merely an opinion and not fact. I get a kick out of clients who call wanting to know when the last frost date will be. There is truly no way to know unless you are Mother Nature. Even the weatherman can be wrong.
    If you asked me what my favorite annual was, I would quickly answer Angelonia. Last year I planted one at my home and it bloomed all summer, even when the heat took its toll on my lantana.

  • Food safety class offered

    Learn the right techniques for handling, preparing, serving and storing foods safely during the ServSafe Food Safety for Restaurant Managers class offered in three sessions on Mondays, April 23, April 30 and May 7 at the Training Center in the Cooperative Extension building (Bldg. N) at the Government Center in Bolivia. Classroom sessions will start at 11:30 a.m. on the first day and participants will determine the schedule for the remaining days. A total of 12 classroom hours must be completed.

  • Food gardening means feed your garden

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Intensive food gardening is almost certain to strip nutrients from the soil, nutrients you will need to put back in order to grow vegetables year after year.
    I admit I am no expert in soil science or in the practice of permaculture, which seeks to create near-closed loop systems for food production with minimal outside input; that is, without bringing in large amounts of fertilizer from the world outside your yard. But I read a lot.

  • 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.