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County Extension

  • How to prune crape myrtles

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Late January to early March is the time to do needed pruning on tree form crape myrtles. The important concept here is “needed” pruning. We aren’t going to dwell on the barbaric practice of topping these beautiful plants.
    If you have a size problem with a crape myrtle, this is the time to think about removing the plant and replacing it with a plant that better fits the space available. Do not give in to the practice of taking a saw and cutting these beautiful trees off at shoulder height.

  • This January is enjoyable in the garden

    I have been enjoying the weather this year in Brunswick County, a far cry from this time last year. The mild weather has prevented most of my perennials from going dormant and I still have annuals in the garden blooming. My pansies are full of color and have doubled in size. Will this change in the next few weeks?
    The one task I just cannot seem to enjoy this time of year is watering. Most of our winters are moist, but this year my containers are drooping just about every day. When it rains, it never seems to provide enough moisture to nurture the soil.

  • Classes discuss living with osteoporosis

    By Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension Service
    Brunswick County Center
    During the past year, Diana Jones, RN, from the Brunswick County Health Department, and I have taught classes about osteoporosis throughout Brunswick County. We’ve conducted classes at several of the libraries and at the Government Center in Bolivia.

  • 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