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County Extension

  • New Year resolutions every gardener should make

    Well, we made it through another year and survived one heck of a hot summer. In the months of January and February, the weather is cooler and there is less work to be done in the garden. It is a great time to plan for the upcoming spring.
    As gardeners, there are steps that we can take to improve the environment and ecosystems that surround us. Consider adopting one or more of these resolutions for your garden in the New Year:

  • Some tips for caring for storm-damaged trees

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Luckily, our recent winter storm did not dump enough snow or ice in our area to cause major damage to trees and shrubs, but this is not always the case.
    Winter storms do strike southeastern North Carolina every so often and can cause major damage to trees and shrubs. Even more common is damage caused by tropical systems or intense thunderstorms.

  • Food safety class set

    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, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 13 at the Training Center in the Cooperative Extension building (Bldg. N) at the Government Center in Bolivia. The classroom sessions are from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day.

  • Selecting fruit trees

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Soon you will begin to see containerized fruit trees at your garden center, nursery and co-op. There are many varieties, and you will be confronted with how to choose the right tree for you in your home landscape.

  • Selecting Christmas cacti

    Susan Brown
    Horticulture Extension Agent
    The holidays are here and stores are packed with people trying to find that perfect gift. In the spring, I spend all my money on outdoor plants for my garden. Once the weather changes, I start to purchase indoor plants.

  • Add health to your resolutions

    Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension
    Brunswick County Center
    Well, we’re in the home stretch now...past one holiday and heading fast toward the New Year. This is the week that people think about making resolutions to get the New Year off on the right track.
    Many resolutions tend toward heath issues with vows to lose 50 pounds, stop eating fast food or quit smoking. While admirable goals, they are almost impossible to reach and usually quickly forgotten.

  • Safe food handling

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

  • Landscape for winter with bountiful bark

    Winter can be a drab, blah time in the garden but it certainly doesn’t have to be. In spring and summer, it is easy to find color for any spot in your landscape. There aren’t many plants that bloom this time of year. To add interest during the off-season, focus on interesting textures, colors and shapes.

  • Recipes for last-minute holiday treats

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

  • Winter containers provide interest

    It has finally started to cool down and look and feel more like winter. It is not quite time to throw in the towel though, if you enjoy gardening. Winter containers can be a great challenge, but a rewarding one. Containers can provide year-round interest, depending on the plants you choose.