Today's Features

  • Nitrogen fertility has a significant impact on large patch development. High nitrogen levels promote the growth of soft, succulent leaves that are susceptible to attack by the large patch fungus. To help prevent disease outbreaks, apply a low rate of nitrogen fertilizer at 4 to 8-week intervals or use a slow-release nitrogen source to maintain an even growth rate. To reduce disease outbreaks during the winter and early spring, avoid fall applications of nitrogen fertilizer. Finally, maintain phosphorus and potash fertility levels according to soil test recommendations. In addition:

  •  You know there is no better teacher than experience, although it often makes for expensive lessons. One thing I love about my job is having this forum to tell you about my gardening experiences, so here we go with a summer plant performance update for 2010.

    Zoysia grasses have received lots of breeding interest in the last 10 years or so. That extra work is beginning to pay some dividends for anyone who tries to grow a decent lawn in this challenging area we call home. 

  •  U.S. Cellular plans to kick off the school year with the return of Calling All Teachers, a campaign that donates $1 million to fund creative and impactive classroom projects submitted by public school teachers. 

    Through Sept. 15, teachers are invited to register on DonorsChoose.org as a “U.S. Cellular Teacher” and post their requests to be considered for funding. So far, more than 1,490 teachers have signed up.

  •  Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS) provides the Adopt-A-School and Volunteer Program to Brunswick County Schools to enhance the quality of education by bringing the community and its resources to the children. 

    Through business, church, agency and civic group partnerships brokered for each individual school, CIS helps schools in their efforts to provide a better education for the children of Brunswick County.

  • Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Aug. 30

    Stew beef au jus, mashed potatoes, green peas, Jell-O, apple juice, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Aug. 31

    Chicken/dumplings, pickled beets, peaches, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Sept. 1

    Pork cutlet/gravy, sweet potatoes, turnip greens, pears, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Sept. 2

  •  It seems as though olives have been around since the beginning of time. Grown throughout most of the world, the Mediterranean area is home to almost 90 percent of the world’s olive trees.

    From the beginning, the calming and healing properties of olive oil has been recognized, which may account for the olive branch having long been used as a symbol of peace. 

  •  Prepare your palate for an evening of culinary delights at the year’s premier dining experience—from shrimp ’n grits and crab dip to barbecue and prime rib, Brunswick County offers the best of regional cooking and more.

    And there is only one place where you can sample the culinary creations of the area’s finest chefs. Join Communities in Schools Oct. 21 for the 9th annual Benefit Gala for Children featuring A Taste of Brunswick County.


  • Creativity and imagination, often with a playful edge, distinguish the work of two artists featured this month at Franklin Square Gallery in Southport.

    Claire Sallenger Martin of Supply has spent a lifetime in the arts, developing her own unique style. Rebecca Pierre of Oak Island, a published poet and professional writer, turned to pottery for yet another form of artistic expression.

    Martin and Pierre will showcase their newest original creations from Aug. 23 to Sept. 25.

  • The Downtown Shallotte Committee's first-ever ArtsFest in Rourk Gardens was a success, organizers said.

    Committee member Karen Hart said the 16 artists who participated all want to return and have ideas for the next ArtsFest. ‘The quality of the art was amazing,’ Hart said. The event also featured a performance by a trio from the Wilmington Symphony.