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County Extension

  • 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. 

  • Prepare your own food to control your sodium intake

    Melissa Hight
    County Extension Service

    Trying to lower your blood pressure or reduce your sodium intake? If you read food labels, you will see most prepared and processed food items are full of sodium. Why not try preparing your own favorite dishes and season them with herbs? With a little creativity, you’ll get great flavor, less sodium and a healthier meal.

    How much seasoning do you use?

  • Enjoying Christmas cacti

    Susan Brown
    Horticulture Extension Agent

  • Growing old man’s beard

    One of my favorite things to do is visit plant nurseries. It’s always fascinating to see the innovations and all of the great plants. And, the people are some of the best folks around. It’s even more fun when I get introduced to a new, or just improved, plant. In recent weeks, I have seen a new selection of Shantung maple and an improvement of our native fringe tree or Old Man’s Beard.

  • Tips on gardening for N.C. newcomers

    Tom Woods 
    Master Gardener

    Humid weather, high rainfall and nutrient-deficient soils are just a few of the challenges you might face as a gardener new to Brunswick County, but North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension specialists and agents agree there are also upsides to gardening here.

    If you recently moved to North Carolina and want to start a garden, you need to forget everything you know about gardening. No longer can you stick a plant in the ground and expect it to grow.

    Clay and sand

  • Celebrate the poinsettia

    By Susan Brown
    Horticulture Extension Agent

    It’s that time of year again to celebrate and consume a great deal of food. Time to hang those lights, decorate those Christmas trees and shop until we drop. Work in the garden has started to wind down. Some days of winter can be dreary and cold.