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County Extension

  • Become a food gardener: Grow your favorite vegetables in the fall

    Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    If excessive heat and drought ruined your summer garden or, like me, prevented you from planting one, now is the time for your second chance.
    Many favorite vegetables can be planted over the next month for harvest throughout the fall and into winter. What’s more, FoodGardener, a new email service from Pender Cooperative Extension, will increase your chances of success by keeping you up to date on when and how to plant as well as how to sustainably manage garden pests.
    Fall Vegetable Gardening

  • Vitamin D: the ‘sunshine’ vitamin

    Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension
    Brunswick County Center
    If you’ve been to a doctor lately, chances are you’ve had a blood test for vitamin D. In recent years, doctors are routinely asking for this test to determine if you have enough vitamin D in your body.

  • Now’s a great time to plant Japanese maples

    Japanese maples make quite a statement in the landscape. There are hundreds of named cultivars available. You can find them in just about any color from deep red foliage to bright green, creamy white, yellow, pink or orange.
    Almost any variety will have spectacular fall color along with an amazing architectural branching structure. Many varieties have colorful leaves throughout the season. Another benefit to these maples is they can tolerate some shade—not deep shade, but dappled light.

  • Choose workplace snacks with your waistline in mind

    Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    N.C. Cooperative Extension
    Brunswick County Center


    Last week I talked about the potential food safety pitfalls of eating at your desk. Habitually eating at our desks can be hazardous to your health for a couple of other reasons.

  • Prevent bagworm defoliation of conifers

    Tom Woods
    Master Gardener

  • Desktops double as dining tables for those eating lunch at the office

    Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    N.C. Cooperative Extension, Brunswick County Center

  • Turf talk: The best coastal grasses

    Whether you are establishing a new lawn or renovating an existing one, deciding when to apply fertilizers and fungicides so they are most effective can be a tough call. No one type of grass is best suited for all situations. Your decision should be based on region, climate, intended use and desired appearance.

  • Sudden oak death affects more than oak trees

    Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    University scientists and forestry experts are using rhododendron leaves as bait to detect the presence of a disease that can kill Georgia’s historic oak trees. The disease, sudden oak death, isn’t as quick as the name implies, making it a hard disease to track.
    And despite several years of work, researchers at the University of Georgia and the Georgia Forestry Commission haven’t gotten to the bottom of it yet.

  • See these cheerful spring-blooming bulbs pop up next spring

    Ever walk by an abandoned home where someone once lived and gardened and notice a blanket of spring-flowering daffodils?
    While the rest of the woods are bare, hundreds of daffodil blossoms form a cheerful carpet of bulbs, perhaps where a garden once stood. Bulbs have and will stand the test of time. Their vigor and self-reliance inspire me to arrange and plant bulbs in my own garden.

  • Tips on how to harvest rainwater

    Rainwater harvesting is the idea of capturing stormwater runoff, often from rooftops, and storing the water for later use. When we have heavy rains such as with Hurricane Irene, most of that water is diverted into stormwater drains or ditches and is carried away before it penetrates the ground. Rain barrels or more complex cisterns can be installed to capture runoff and provide water for plants during drier periods. Increasing development along with the drought has increased the demand on municipal water supplies.