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County Extension

  • Preparing your veggie garden for spring starts with a soil test

    This winter was mild and I can’t believe it is already March and time to be thinking about getting started in the garden again. It is still too early for those warm season vegetables to be planted. The first and most important task in the garden, especially here in Brunswick County, is to take a soil test.
    North Carolina is one of the few states that offer this service for free. The soil test report will tell you how much lime or sulfur and fertilizer your garden soil will need per thousand square feet of growing area.

  • 4-H’ers honored for achievement

    Brunswick County 4-H celebrated 2011 with its annual achievement banquet on Friday, Feb. 24. More than 50 youth and their families attended the Super Hero themed festivities. The night was kicked off with a parade of 4-H youth Super Heros.
    As each name was called and introductions read, youth entered the banquet to the applause of friends, family, 4-H volunteers and staff. Dinner was catered by Smithfield Chicken and Barbeque. During dinner, 4-H youth and their families were treated to a slide show of 2011 memories.

  • 4-H teens train with TiLT

    Thirteen Brunswick County teens trained and planned for the 2012 4-H year from Feb. 10-12 through an innovative 4-H program called Teens in Leadership Training (TiLT). These teens spent the weekend at Fort Caswell and were trained in experiential learning, ages and stages, team building, program planning and more.
    TiLT teens lead, supervise, help plan and assist with Brunswick County 4-H Summer Fun programming and school enrichment. This is the second year of training and assisting these teens to become leaders in Brunswick County.

  • Religion briefs

    Trinity UMC sets March 4 services
    “The Apprentice Mary Magdalene” will be the title of the Rev. Jeff Roberts’ and associate pastor Michelle Sabin’s sermons on Sunday, March 4, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport.
    Based on scripture from Luke 8:1-2, this is the second in a sermon series titled “The Apprentice,” based on the TV series, a look at some of the followers of Jesus.

  • Food poisoning can be dangerous

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

  • Take command of your leftovers

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

  • Potassium is needed by plants

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    As we deal with nutrient management laws and high nitrogen prices, we sometimes lose track of just why we really use fertilizers to produce crops.
    We know we need them because the soil sample results tell us to apply them. We know adequate fertility leads to improved yields, but why? We have spent so much time looking at the negative aspects of fertilizer that I thought it might be enjoyable to look at why a nutrient like potassium is needed by plants.

  • Topping trees causes decline

    Everyone can relate to that feeling of panic after making a cut and realizing you’ve just ruined the shape of your shrub.
    Or perhaps you have ignored a plant’s obvious structure problem because you were afraid or unsure of what pruning action to take.
    I continue to see poor pruning decisions throughout the county. The other day after teaching a class on proper pruning techniques, I came home to a neighbor topping their crape myrtles. Why is this bad?

  • Find the perfect place for that new plant

    By Judy Koehly
    Master Gardener
    The perfect place to spend a beautiful day is in the nursery looking at the fresh new plants. Once you fill your cart and bring the plants home, it is imperative you spend a little time checking out the requirements of the plant and finding the best place in your garden for it to grow to its greatest potential.

  • Dinner’s ready: Slow cooker safety

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