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County Extension

  • Brunswick County 4-H program hosts annual fashion revue for participants

     Brunswick County 4-H hosted its annual fashion revue on May 17 at the Cooperative Extension office. 

    After a welcome and introduction by 4-H agent Blair Green, members showed off their homemade garments during a fashion show. Participants were judged on such criteria as construction, fit and presentation.

    Participating in the 9-11 age division were: Alexis Apple, daughter of Trisha and Donald Apple of Ash; Lydia and Mary Ellen Lewis, daughters of Jim and Vicki Lewis of Calabash; and Amanda Rossell, daughter of Timothy Rossell of Bolton. 

  • The North invades the South again but it doesn’t work with plants

    Many people who move down into Southeastern North Carolina from more northern and colder climates bring with them a preference for plants they grew so beautifully in the North. 

  • They add color to the landscape but don’t get too attached to Mimosas

     Mimosas are putting on their summer show of silky, pink flowers all over southeastern North Carolina. With beautiful flowers and incredibly fast growth, you would think this medium-sized tree would be a popular addition to the landscape. Unfortunately, this plant tends to be a little on the trashy side with seedlings popping up all over the place. 

  • They add color to the landscape but don’t get too attached to Mimosas

     Mimosas are putting on their summer show of silky, pink flowers all over southeastern North Carolina. With beautiful flowers and incredibly fast growth, you would think this medium-sized tree would be a popular addition to the landscape. Unfortunately, this plant tends to be a little on the trashy side with seedlings popping up all over the place. 

  • 4-H plans photo contest; Brunswick students can participate

    The North Carolina 4-H Photo Contest is open to all North Carolina youth ages 9-18. Participants do not have to be current members of 4-H.
    The purpose of this exhibition is to provide a showcase of youths’ photographic accomplishments.

  • 4-H Summer enrichment program begins June 11

    Brunswick County 4-H, sponsored by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, will offer a variety of activities, field trips and day camps for children ages 5-19 through the Exploring the World of 4-H Summer Enrichment Program beginning June 11.
    Registration can be made through the Cooperative Extension 4-H office in person or online or via mail. For links to the catalog of activities, visit www.brunswick.ces.ncsu.edu.

  • Prepare now to protect plants from Japanese beetles

    Japanese beetles and other summer beetles will soon be busy chewing plants. The Master Gardeners will respond to many calls concerning these beetles. Let’s look at these evil critters.
    Adult Japanese beetles live for about four to six weeks, lay eggs and die. The rest of the year, the beetles live underground in a grub stage. These plump, C-shaped white grubs literally turn up in gardens when the soil is tilled in the spring. They feed on the roots of grass and other plants before maturing into adult beetles the next summer.
    Adults can fly in and out

  • A lot less controversial: proposed lawn healthcare reform

    Healthcare legislation has dominated news coverage for the last few months. The health of your lawn is a bit less controversial but almost as important to lots of home gardeners.
    Some folks make fertilizing the lawn more complicated than the intricacies of the latest government budget proposal, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

  • All you wanted to know about butterflies: Part III

    Listed below are some of the public gardens you may visit in North Carolina that have butterfly gardens or habitats:
    •North Carolina Zoological Park, Asheboro
    •Magic Wings, Museum of Life and Science, Durham
    •Roper Mountain Science Center’s Butterfly Garden, Greenville
    I hope you enjoy your butterfly garden. A good website for more information is: http://butterflywebsite.com/. Below is a list of the Top 10 butterflies and host plants:

  • Recent dry times have some lawns struggling in Brunswick County

    Our lawns and gardens have been struggling through some dry times lately, so lots of folks have been firing up those irrigation systems or dragging hoses to make up the difference.
    Newly planted trees, shrubs and lawns and vegetable gardens need the most help. Well-established trees and shrubs will be just fine even if they do drop a few leaves. Just remember to water thoroughly and deeply each time and wait for slight signs of stress to time your next watering.