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County Extension

  • Trouble with tomatoes? It could be tomato spotted wilt virus

    While there are many plant diseases that make growing tomatoes a challenge in the Southeast, a relatively new disease threatens to make homegrown tomatoes almost impossible for many local gardeners.
    Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV) is different from most tomato diseases because it is caused by a virus rather than a fungus or bacteria. Most virus diseases in plants cause the infected plant to show strange color patterns on the leaves or flowers and may cause stunting, but usually do not kill their host plant outright.

  • Keep dinner guests smiling with safe grilling and food preparation

    Do you like your neighbors and friends and want to keep them happy? If so, when you invite them over for a cookout, make sure the food is safe. Bacteria can multiply quickly in warm, summer temperatures and can turn outdoor entertaining into a neighborhood nightmare. 

    Food safety is just as important when grilling outdoors as it is in the kitchen. Food that is not handled properly can make you sick. To keep guests safe from food-borne illness, follow these tips.

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  • Roundup: A great weed control tool, but it may be harmful to some plants

           

     

  • Brunswick County 4-H program hosts annual fashion revue for participants

     Brunswick County 4-H hosted its annual fashion revue on May 17 at the Cooperative Extension office. 

    After a welcome and introduction by 4-H agent Blair Green, members showed off their homemade garments during a fashion show. Participants were judged on such criteria as construction, fit and presentation.

    Participating in the 9-11 age division were: Alexis Apple, daughter of Trisha and Donald Apple of Ash; Lydia and Mary Ellen Lewis, daughters of Jim and Vicki Lewis of Calabash; and Amanda Rossell, daughter of Timothy Rossell of Bolton. 

  • The North invades the South again but it doesn’t work with plants

    Many people who move down into Southeastern North Carolina from more northern and colder climates bring with them a preference for plants they grew so beautifully in the North. 

  • They add color to the landscape but don’t get too attached to Mimosas

     Mimosas are putting on their summer show of silky, pink flowers all over southeastern North Carolina. With beautiful flowers and incredibly fast growth, you would think this medium-sized tree would be a popular addition to the landscape. Unfortunately, this plant tends to be a little on the trashy side with seedlings popping up all over the place. 

  • They add color to the landscape but don’t get too attached to Mimosas

     Mimosas are putting on their summer show of silky, pink flowers all over southeastern North Carolina. With beautiful flowers and incredibly fast growth, you would think this medium-sized tree would be a popular addition to the landscape. Unfortunately, this plant tends to be a little on the trashy side with seedlings popping up all over the place. 

  • 4-H plans photo contest; Brunswick students can participate

    The North Carolina 4-H Photo Contest is open to all North Carolina youth ages 9-18. Participants do not have to be current members of 4-H.
    The purpose of this exhibition is to provide a showcase of youths’ photographic accomplishments.

  • 4-H Summer enrichment program begins June 11

    Brunswick County 4-H, sponsored by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, will offer a variety of activities, field trips and day camps for children ages 5-19 through the Exploring the World of 4-H Summer Enrichment Program beginning June 11.
    Registration can be made through the Cooperative Extension 4-H office in person or online or via mail. For links to the catalog of activities, visit www.brunswick.ces.ncsu.edu.

  • Prepare now to protect plants from Japanese beetles

    Japanese beetles and other summer beetles will soon be busy chewing plants. The Master Gardeners will respond to many calls concerning these beetles. Let’s look at these evil critters.
    Adult Japanese beetles live for about four to six weeks, lay eggs and die. The rest of the year, the beetles live underground in a grub stage. These plump, C-shaped white grubs literally turn up in gardens when the soil is tilled in the spring. They feed on the roots of grass and other plants before maturing into adult beetles the next summer.
    Adults can fly in and out