County Extension

  • Bluebirds need help with housing if they’re going to make a comeback

    By Charlie Spencer
    Master gardener
    Bluebirds are flying over the area in search of accommodations. It’s a little early, but like other smart animals, it’s time to plan ahead. Bluebirds are particular in their nesting habits.

  • Too much screen time can put on the pounds

    Last week I had the opportunity to teach another class as part of Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less (ESMMWL) program at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center. The ESMMWL class is a 15-week program developed by the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and N.C. Public Health.
    It is part of the statewide movement called Eat Smart, Move More...North Carolina. The whole idea is to increase opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity wherever North Carolinians live, learn, earn, play and pray.

  • Eat breakfast to lose weight, says long-term study

    These past couple of weeks I’ve had the opportunity to speak for the Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less class sponsored by the Brunswick County office of the N.C. Cooperative Extension. This is a series of classes held at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center at Brunswick Community College. The goal of these classes is just what the name suggests—to learn how you can eat smart, move more and weigh less.

  • Eggactly what do you want to do with those eggs?

    Seems like people are always coming up with new and interesting ways to cook food, and then they tell everyone on the Internet how to do it. This week, the latest craze is eggs.
    It seems folks on Pinterest and Facebook are offering instructions on how to hard-cook eggs in the oven. I actually heard some of my neighbors talking about this last week, too. Another friend tells me she’s been doing it for years, as when making fancy Italian Easter cookies and breads with decorated eggs baked in the dough.

  • Planting a garden insectary so good bugs will get rid of bad

    By Judy Koehly
    Master Gardener
    As you plan your vegetable garden, you will choose what vegetables you wish to grow, and you should also choose which plants would attract beneficial insects.
    A garden insectary is a small garden plot of flowering plants designed to attract and harbor beneficial insects. These “good insects” prey on many common garden insect pests and offer the gardener a safer, natural alternative to pesticides.

  • TiLT welcomes 11 new Brunswick members

    Brunswick County 4-H Teens in Leadership Training (TiLT) have welcomed 11 new youths to its 4-H Youth Volunteer Program. They were trained, along with four other youths, at the weekend training on Feb. 16-17 at Fort Caswell.
    The new youths, all from Brunswick County, are in sixth through 11th grade. They include: Owen Bell, Nikki Cooper, Bryant Holden, Sadie Huntly, Alison Jones, Bethany Jones, Bobbi Jane Lawrence, Breanna Long, Savanna Moore, Katlyn Toney and Campbell Woody.

  • 4-H’ers celebrate year with Hawaiian achievement banquet

    Brunswick County 4-H celebrated 2012 with a Hawaiian “4-0” theme at its annual achievement banquet on Thursday, March 7. The room was decorated in purple and green with help from Linda Marlowe and flowers made by members of the 4-H Teen Council. All attendees received leis and a spyglass.
    Youth enjoyed a purple and green candy bar and the food catered by Smithfield’s Chicken and Barbeque. Breanna Long shared a comedy skit, and Kenan Bridges and Sammi Lawrence sang “Lucky.”

  • Let’s talk carrots, baby—they’re 4 calories each, and good

    How can something as simple as carrots be so confusing and dare I say controversial?
    This past week, I once again got an email telling me not to eat baby carrots. I couldn’t just forward this on to my unsuspecting friends. I had to learn more about the concern. Was there some merit in this warning?

  • Don’t neglect watering your plants during the winter

    By Judy Koehly
    Master Gardener
    Plants don’t need as much care in winter as they do in summer, but it is important not to neglect watering your plants during the winter.
    Some ice or wind damage is unavoidable, but a lot of cold weather damage to plants’ cells is caused by dehydration. In our region, normal winter precipitation is enough for plants because their cold-weather watering needs are considerably less. However, making sure your plants have adequate hydration is the best way to protect them in harsh weather.

  • Master Gardeners to have plant sale April 4-6