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Today's Features

  • After four or five months of growing, many landscape beds are probably in need of a good weeding and edging. Most plantings would benefit from a late summer renovation. This would include hand pulling the annual weeds and grasses and spraying a contact herbicide on the tough perennial weeds and grasses, if you have any.

  • Our lawns have had a much better season than last year. Most areas have received a bit of natural irrigation and the warm temperatures have helped our grasses fill in and recover. Keep a good thing going as we slide toward fall by adding potassium and be prepared to knock large patch out before it kills parts of your lawn.

  • Gov. Mike Easley on Monday reconvened the legislative session for 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27, to discuss the boat trailer bill he vetoed Aug. 17.

    State and county tourism officials watched the bill closely and favored its passage, saying recent citations of recreational fishermen for towing certain size trailers are resulting in complaints and bad press for the state.

    According to the state constitution, when a veto occurs after the General Assembly has adjourned, the governor is required to reconvene the session within 10 days of the veto or the bill becomes law.

  • Are you one of those many gardeners wondering what to do with all those eggplants that just seem to keep showing up?

    Eggplant isn’t a particularly popular vegetable in the United States, but it’s a favorite in many areas of the South.

    Thomas Jefferson, who experimented with many varieties of plants in his Virginia garden, is credited with introducing eggplant to North America.

    Eggplant, a member of the nightshade family along with potatoes, tomatoes and peppers, is actually a fruit, and is classified botanically as a berry.

  • Labor Day looms, announcing summer’s demise with a huge sigh of regret. For a brief moment, we will celebrate the cessation of work and creation of play. Grills heat up, families gather and relaxing is the word of the day.

  • On the morning of her 28th birthday, Jaime Atwell and her maid of honor, Shannon Hughes, dipped out of the line outside Filene’s Basement in Washington D.C., which curled around two Washington D.C. city blocks, and staggered groggy-eyed to a nearby Starbucks.

    They had not eaten in hours. They had arrived at the Savoy Hotel on Wisconsin Avenue at 2:30 that morning, after a flat tire extended their road trip to eight hours, and awoke before dawn to get in line.

  • The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has purchased property adjacent to its Sunset Harbor Boating Access Area to improve parking in the area.

    The purchase—the first from the N.C. Waterfront Access and Marine Industry (WAMI) Fund—will also enable the commission to focus its resources on much needed renovations to the existing boat ramp on the Intracoastal Waterway. The WAMI funds will also provide funding to develop a small public fishing pier, said Gordon Myers, deputy director.

  • Maggie Stephens will start sixth grade in the fall, and she is already considering a career as a crime scene investigator.

    Like thousands of other students in Brunswick County, she is preparing for Aug. 25, the first day at her new school—Shallotte Middle.

    Maggie says math is her best subject, and after spending the summer in a school-age kids program at Tiny Tots Child Center near Shallotte, she’s ready for the challenges of middle school.

  • Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit renewed every 60 days. For more information, call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Every first Friday through December

  • Last week’s article was about some of the issues people have brought up about the use of mulches in the landscape.

    I promised this week we would look at the benefits of mulching, but before we proceed, I want to let you read what our specialist from N.C. State provided to ease some of the concerns about the use of mulch and the presence of termites. Excerpt from Mike Waldvogel:

    The bottom line