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County Extension

  • Weeds and the silly season

    I was listening to meteorologist Joe Bastardi on the radio several days ago talking about the cold December on the East Coast. He said this pattern repeats itself every 11 years based on sunspot activity. I do seem to remember that December 1999 was pretty cold, but December 1988 was too long ago for my synapses to fire on that. Whatever the reason, it looks like December will be either the coldest or the second coldest on record. 

  • Food safety class begins Jan. 10

    Learn the right techniques for handling, preparing, serving and storing foods safely during the ServSafe Food Safety for Restaurant Managers class offered in four sessions on Jan. 10, 24, 31 and Feb. 7 at the Training Center in the Cooperative Extension building (Building N) at the Government Center Complex in Bolivia. The four-hour classroom sessions begin each day at 12:30 p.m. 

  • Bountiful bark

    By Susan Brown
    Brunswick County Extension

    Winter can be a drab, blah time in the garden but it certainly doesn’t have to be. In spring and summer, it is easy to find color for any spot in your landscape. There aren’t many plants that bloom this time of year. To add interest during the off-season, focus on interesting textures, colors and shapes. Evergreen trees and shrubs are a good choice to liven up a winter landscape. It is not hard to find a variety that will suit your needs.

  • Garden winners and losers in 2010

    This politically correct world we live in doesn’t like to pick winners and losers, but life is all about winning some and losing some—even in the garden. Here are my picks of several winning performers in the garden for 2010.

  • Master Gardener classes

    Master Gardener class begins Feb. 8

    The Brunswick County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service will offer its popular Master Gardener Volunteer Program beginning Feb. 8. This program is designed to teach home gardeners the basics of horticulture for coastal North Carolina.

  • Stop vegetable-destroying diseases before they start

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener

    North Carolina’s climate is perfect for growing many vegetables. It’s also the perfect place for plant-destroying diseases but there are things home gardeners can do to protect their bounty.

  • Surviving the holidays and all their goodies

    By Melissa Hight
    County Extension

    When holiday goodies are the focus of every event from cookie exchanges to parties, the world can feel like an endless nutrition minefield. Paired with all the eating and drinking, there’s plenty of unrealistic holiday health advice from all sorts of “experts.”

  • Protect your plants when the temperatures drop

    Susan Brown
    County Extension

    The weather outside is frightful. The nighttime temperatures are unbearable. Even the day temperatures are less than desirable lately. If we don’t even want to be outside, think of how our plants must feel.

  • Is it possible to have flowers during the cold winter months?

    As a person who needs to be outside at least part of every day, cold weather always darkens my mood. I know they have pills for that (thank you, Lexapro), but if you’re not into better living through chemistry, another way to brighten a cold winter day is with plants that bloom now. 

  • How to grow, care for the Confederate rose

    Tom Woods 
    Master Gardener

    Donald Adams of Oak Island provided much of the information in this article on how to propagate, grow and enjoy the Confederate rose.

    The time is approaching when it is time to take cuttings. After frost and cold temperatures end the flowering season for the beautiful Confederate rose (Hibiscus Mutabilis), the plant should be cut back to approximately 4 inches above the ground.