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Today's Features

  • By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Late January to early March is the time to do needed pruning on tree form crape myrtles. The important concept here is “needed” pruning. We aren’t going to dwell on the barbaric practice of topping these beautiful plants.
    If you have a size problem with a crape myrtle, this is the time to think about removing the plant and replacing it with a plant that better fits the space available. Do not give in to the practice of taking a saw and cutting these beautiful trees off at shoulder height.

  • I have been enjoying the weather this year in Brunswick County, a far cry from this time last year. The mild weather has prevented most of my perennials from going dormant and I still have annuals in the garden blooming. My pansies are full of color and have doubled in size. Will this change in the next few weeks?
    The one task I just cannot seem to enjoy this time of year is watering. Most of our winters are moist, but this year my containers are drooping just about every day. When it rains, it never seems to provide enough moisture to nurture the soil.

  • Cape Fear Farm Credit scholarships available
    The 2012 Cape Fear Farm Credit scholarship applications are now available. Up to $14,000 in scholarship money will be awarded to selected high school seniors residing in the association’s 12-county servicing territory.
    The scholarships are based on academic awards and honors, extracurricular activities, work experience, and the student’s commitment to southeastern North Carolina agriculture and rural development.
    The scholarship application deadline is March 2.

  • Many of you have asked for recipes with a limited number of ingredients. When checking out my database, a number of cookbooks and even those online, I’ve found that five ingredients seem to be the magic number.
    By using what is in your pantry (and just a few additional items), you can keep dinner simple and affordable and just as healthy and delicious. These recipes all use minimal ingredients, not counting salt, pepper, various herbs and seasonings and a liquid, yet still offer wonderful taste and good nutrition.

  • Thursday, Jan. 19
    Weight Watchers, weigh-in at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m., Southport Presbyterian Church, 1025 E. Moore St., Southport. For details, call (800) 651-6000.
    Rotary Club of Shallotte, meets 12:30 p.m. at Starz Grill at Planet Fun, Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Visiting Rotarians welcome.
    VFW Post 7288 bingo, 5:30 doors open, early birds start at 6:30 p.m. Carter Drive, Calabash. Call 579-3577 for information.

  • Brunswick County’s newest community foundation, the Ocean Ridge Charities Association (ORCA), announced its first-ever grants to several local charities in late November. The awards totaled $2,500 and were divided among six county nonprofits: New Hope Clinic, Providence Home; Wave4Kids, Boys & Girls Homes of N.C., First in Families and the Brunswick County Literacy Council.

  • “Life does not give us meaning. Life has only the meaning we give it,” from Happiness by Joan Chittister (Eerdmans). That statement stopped me in my tracks.
    I put down the paper I was reading and began to think about those words, to view them while considering my own life. The new year is in its early stages. I still have time to review and renew my understanding of life and the meaning I give it. I still have the opportunity to discern who I might be and become this year and what I might do differently, as a result.

  • By Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension Service
    Brunswick County Center
    During the past year, Diana Jones, RN, from the Brunswick County Health Department, and I have taught classes about osteoporosis throughout Brunswick County. We’ve conducted classes at several of the libraries and at the Government Center in Bolivia.

  • Well, we made it through another year and survived one heck of a hot summer. In the months of January and February, the weather is cooler and there is less work to be done in the garden. It is a great time to plan for the upcoming spring.
    As gardeners, there are steps that we can take to improve the environment and ecosystems that surround us. Consider adopting one or more of these resolutions for your garden in the New Year:

  • By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Luckily, our recent winter storm did not dump enough snow or ice in our area to cause major damage to trees and shrubs, but this is not always the case.
    Winter storms do strike southeastern North Carolina every so often and can cause major damage to trees and shrubs. Even more common is damage caused by tropical systems or intense thunderstorms.