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County Extension

  • Brunswick County celebrates healthy counties, healthy families

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

    Our Brunswick County Commissioners have proclaimed this National County Government Month. The theme for this celebration is “Healthy Counties, Healthy Families.” This is a great time for us to look at the programs and services that we have here in Brunswick County that encourage and support healthy families in our community.

  • Burweed and sandspur have sharp burrs

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    There are two weeds found in lawns that have sharp burs: burweed and spurweed. It’s easy to get them confused, since their names are often used interchangeably, but there are ways to tell the difference, which is important since correct identification of a weed is the first step in controlling it.

  • Have you seen a kudzu bug in Brunswick County?

    In 2009, the kudzu bug, Megacopta cribraria (F.), also known the bean plataspid, lablab bug, or globular stinkbug, was reported in nine counties in northeastern Georgia. The following year, the insect had been found in more than 60 counties North Carolina.
    Since then, surveys by NCSU Entomology Department and the N.C. Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services have confirmed the presence of the kudzu bug in kudzu patches and soybean fields in more than 55 counties. It is likely present in many other counties, but simply has not yet been seen there.

  • Sample your lawn for mole crickets

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener

  • 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.