County Extension

  • The right way to water your lawn

    By Sam Marshall
    Extension Agent, Agriculture-Horticulture
    Water is a key component of any beautiful lawn or garden, but not all plants are the same. Different plants have different watering needs and the amount of water your yard needs will depend on what is growing there, your soil type, and recent weather conditions.

  • Pressured to use the right method

    There are times when working in the kitchen can be creative. Then there are times when creativity or trial-and-error is risky and dangerous. Canning is the latter. When canning food, it is important to follow the instructions and recipes closely. Don’t guess. People frequently ask me for processing times and I always tell them that I’ll need to look it up. I don’t try to remember, because I may remember wrong.

  • Four-day throw away

    There’s this odd odor coming from your refrigerator. You dig around and find something green and moldy. You’re not quite sure what it used to be, but now it’s a perfect science fair project. In addition to causing a cleaning problem, this could be costing you money.

  • All you wanted to know about butterflies, part I

    By Shirley Waggoner Eisenman
    Extension Master Gardener Volunteer

  • Some tips for food safety when the power goes out

    I originally wrote this column back in August 2011 when everyone in Brunswick County was preparing for Hurricane Irene. Fortunately we were spared major damage from that storm.  But I thought it might be a good idea to share this information again, before we’re all in a hurry to get things done before another storm.

  • Downy mildew coming to a garden near you
  • You can’t beat a fresh tomato

    There really is something wonderful about fresh grown tomatoes. One of my favorite tastes of summer is a sandwich with a thick slice of tomato as fresh from the garden as possible. I saw a sign at a local farmers’ market once that said, “Grown in the dirt and ripened by the sun.” Can’t beat that!

  • Black twig borers: Tiny insects pose a big threat to trees

    By Sam Marshall
    Horticulture Extension Agent

    What’s small and brown, about half the length of a grain of rice, and has the potential to kill your ornamental trees and shrubs? Why, the black twig borer, of course.
    But have you ever actually seen one? Unless you happen to be extremely observant and own a high-powered microscope, then the answer is most likely no. However, the black twig borer is fast-becoming a major pest in nurseries and home landscapes throughout surrounding counties.

  • Putting up green beans for a cooler season


  • July is Baked Beans Month

    It seems that every food has a month and every month has a food. July is Baked Beans Month. That seems logical. July is a great time for family reunions, holiday cookouts and picnics. Baked beans traditionally have been a perfect addition to these menus.
    First, let’s explore the joy of beans. Why dedicate a whole month to these legumes, especially in the produce-rich height of summer? Well, beans are pretty amazing. They are high in protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, yet low in sodium and fat.