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County Extension

  • Disease problems are homegrown

    Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Beautiful plants often don’t live up to their potential. Getting to the root of problems like disease and wilt sometimes starts with a look in the mirror, says University of Georgia experts.

  • Volunteers honored for work with museum, planetarium

    Volunteers at the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium were honored on Oct. 25 at the annual volunteer recognition luncheon at the museum, attended by more than 85 volunteers. Special awards were presented to the following individuals for their outstanding service during the past year:
    Museum Volunteer of the Year: Cookie Rance; Planetarium Volunteer of the Year: John Misiaszek; Volunteer Lifetime Achievement: Sue McCann; Museum Rookie of the Year: Anne Neely; and Planetarium Rookies of the Year: Amy and Alex Sludds.

  • County Extension briefs

    Master Gardeners plan classes
    The Master Gardeners of Brunswick County offer a unique horticulture class for Brunswick County residents. The class provides the basic knowledge needed to maintain a yard/garden in coastal North Carolina.

  • More than just fried green tomatoes

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

  • Controlling fire ants

    Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Fire ants can ruin picnics and football games. Treating fire ant colonies in the fall can help edge out future colonies, lessening the likelihood they’ll steal your chips or nip at your toes.
    Fire ant colonies have been growing through the summer and have reached their peak size. Attacking those colonies now will help next spring when they start to swarm again. Fire ants are easier to kill in the fall for four main reasons:

  • Microgreens can be grown all winter

    Microgreens are edible greens that range in size somewhere between sprouts and mature salad crops. They are easy to grow, fast and delicious. Some examples of microgreens include: arugula, beets, cabbage, carrots, chard, kale, kohlrabi, mustard and peas.

  • Get more daily calcium

    Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension
    Brunswick County Center
    Calcium is an important mineral for people of all ages. It helps build stronger, denser bones early in life and to keep bones strong and healthy later in life. Most Americans can use more calcium in their diet.
    We all know calcium is found in milk products, but to aid in the quest to get more calcium, many popular foods and drinks are now fortified with calcium.

  • Fall ornamental vegetables and herbs for your garden

    Tom Woods
    Master Gardener

  • N.C. youth attend horticulture convention

    From landscaping a roof to delving into the details of sweet potato production, youth from North Carolina traveled to California to share their favorite plant stories at the 77th annual National Junior Horticultural Association’s annual convention in San Diego.
    Twenty-four youth and adults formed the North Carolina delegation brought their best plant knowledge to bear on a series of contests designed to test communication and problem solving skills.

  • Invasive plants upset balance and have the potential to spread everywhere

    Have you ever taken a walk through the woods and noticed the same invasive plant covering the entire ground? Why do some weeds thrive so well that it seems they could take over the world?
    Some common invasive species you may be familiar with are kudzu, wisteria, privet, ivy, and even Bradford pears. Small forest openings, forest road right of ways, and areas under and beside forest canopies are often occupied by invasive non-native plants. If you live near one of these spaces, you may be battling noxious weeds.