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Creating Living Wall Art

Creating living wall art is easy to do. All you need is a shadowbox, frame, poultry wire, soil, carefully selected plants, and you have all the materials to ...
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Wonderful idea for adding living art to your outdoor garden room from an Illinois Cooperative Extension Master Gardener.

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug — Entomology (Penn State University)

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More on brown marmorated stink bugs from Penn State.

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PLANET: Professional Landcare Network Student Career Days - Backyard Wisdom

PLANET: Professional Landcare Network Student Career Days - Backyard Wisdom | Good Gardening News and Advice | Scoop.it
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Horticulture Students and Landscape Professionals Come Together for 37th Annual Career Days at Auburn University.

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Ants! Ants! Ants! - Backyard Wisdom

Ants! Ants! Ants! - Backyard Wisdom | Good Gardening News and Advice | Scoop.it
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The second Don’t Bug Me webinar set for Friday, March 1 discusses tramp ant species such as tawny crazy ants and Argentine ants. Bethany O’Rear, a regional home grounds agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, will host the free webinar set for 1 p.m. Central time.

 

She says these ants don't sting, but they cause problems.

 

Bethany and I talked recently on Backyard Wisdom about the upcoming webinar and her guest expert, Dr. Paul Nester, aTexas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist working in integrated pest management.

 

More information can be found at the Ants! Ants! Ants event page including how to connect to the webinar. On March 1, participants can use this link to connect to the webinar.

 

The webinar is sponsored by eXtension and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. The webinar series is coordinated by the Imported Fire Ant eXtension Community of Practice.

As upcoming webinars approach, watch eXtension’s Don’t be Bugged Webinar Series page for more information on particular webinars.

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Crop Rotation: Vital in Vegetable Garden - Backyard Wisdom

Crop Rotation: Vital in Vegetable Garden - Backyard Wisdom | Good Gardening News and Advice | Scoop.it
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Home gardeners should always remember that crop rotation is important in the home vegetable garden.  Check out the infographic of vegetable families.

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Camellias Offer Elegant Beauty and Style - Home Grounds Blog

Camellias Offer Elegant Beauty and Style - Home Grounds Blog | Good Gardening News and Advice | Scoop.it
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Camellias are one of the glories of the winter garden in the South.

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Wordless Wednesday: Buzz! - Backyard Wisdom

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Buzz! What would we do without pollinators?

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CenUSA Bioenergy Project: What Master Gardeners are learning about biochar, soils, and bioenergy (Part 1) « Extension Master Gardener

CenUSA Bioenergy Project: What Master Gardeners are learning about biochar, soils, and bioenergy (Part 1) « Extension Master Gardener | Good Gardening News and Advice | Scoop.it
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Citizen science---it is just one of many things that Master Gardeners do. Learn more about how Master Gardeners are helping research biochar and whether it is suitable as a soil amendment.

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More on Seed Starting and Growing Transplants for the Garden - Backyard Wisdom

More on Seed Starting and Growing Transplants for the Garden - Backyard Wisdom | Good Gardening News and Advice | Scoop.it
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Part two of podcast series on starting seeds, raising transplants and getting transplants off to right start in garden.  You will find lots of links to good resources and information.

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Resistant varieties help avoid winter diseases

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http://georgiafaces.caes.uga.edu/?public=viewStory&pk_id=4635#

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Plants with resistance help fight winter diseases.  Learn about resistant varieties of pansies and other winter annuals

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Planning To Build A Rain Garden: Nifty App to Help You

NEMO is an educational program for local land use officials that addresses the relationship of land use to natural resource protection
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Check out this nifty app to help you design a rain garden.  It will help you determine size and location, what plants to use and even how to maintain it.

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Creating Living Wall Art

Creating living wall art is easy to do. All you need is a shadowbox, frame, poultry wire, soil, carefully selected plants, and you have all the materials to ...
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Wonderful idea for adding living art to your outdoor garden room from an Illinois Cooperative Extension Master Gardener.

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Learn How to Manage Ants and Other Pests Via Don’t Bug Me Webinars - News Line

Learn How to Manage Ants and Other Pests Via Don’t Bug Me Webinars - News Line | Good Gardening News and Advice | Scoop.it
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Got ants? Tired of ladybug invasions in the fall? Brought home bed bugs from your last trip? Alabama Cooperative Extension professionals will moderate a free webinar series that will take on all of these topics. In 2013, most of the webinars will be on fire ants and other invasive ant species.  Other topics for the year include bed bugs and various insects that invade homes each autumn. 

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Soil conservation saved the farm, changed the face of Southern farming | Cotton content from Southeast Farm Press

Soil conservation saved the farm, changed the face of Southern farming | Cotton content from Southeast Farm Press | Good Gardening News and Advice | Scoop.it
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It all begins with the soil and the land.

 

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HGIC - Invasive Species: Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

HGIC - Invasive Species: Brown Marmorated Stink Bug | Good Gardening News and Advice | Scoop.it
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Brown marmorated stink bugs are an invasive species that can cause both commercial and home growers lots of headaches.

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State Drought Monitor

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Really glad to see the extent of the drought finally decreasing across Alabama.

 

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Ants! Ants! Ants! Webinar Set for March 1 - News Line

Ants! Ants! Ants! Webinar Set for March 1 - News Line | Good Gardening News and Advice | Scoop.it
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The second Don’t Bug Me webinar set for Friday, March 1 discusses tramp ant species such as tawny crazy ants and Argentine ants. Bethany O’Rear, a regional home grounds agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, will host the free webinar set for 1 p.m. Central time.

O’Rear says these ants don't sting, but they cause problems.

 

 O’Rear says that the webinar’s expert is Dr. Paul Nester, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Serviceprogram specialist working in integrated pest management.

 

More information can be found at the Ants! Ants! Ants event page including how to connect to the webinar. On March 1, participants can use this link to connect to the webinar.

The webinar is sponsored by eXtension and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. The webinar series is coordinated by the Imported Fire Ant eXtension Community of Practice.

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Wordless Wednesday: Redbud Trees In Bloom - Backyard Wisdom

Wordless Wednesday: Redbud Trees In Bloom - Backyard Wisdom | Good Gardening News and Advice | Scoop.it
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Redbud trees offer a burst of early spring color. Most years, they are one of the first vividly colored flower to bloom in my garden.

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Not All Soil is Created Equal - Backyard Wisdom

Not All Soil is Created Equal - Backyard Wisdom | Good Gardening News and Advice | Scoop.it
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I confess.  I have soil envy.  When I see photos of the gardens of  friends who live up the East Coast or perhaps in the Midwest, I wish that my garden had that beautiful dark crumbly soil that seems to beg to have something planted in it.

But here’s the harsh reality.  I live in Alabama, and I am probably never going to be able to transform my dense red clay soil into something that looks exactly like my friends up East have.

 

Dr. Charles Mitchell, a soil scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension, says most Alabama gardeners are trying to grow in what was once the subsoil. More than 200 years of land clearing and farming practices that did not preserve the soil led to extensive erosion across the state, leaving the red clay subsoil at the surface.

Mitchell says one reason for our challenging soils is our climate.

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Now Is Time To Soil Test - Backyard Wisdom

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It’s a question that every Master Gardener gets asked at least once, but for many of us it’s the most frequent question that we answer.  The question may come in via the Master Gardener Helpline.  It may get asked at a workshop being taught by Master Gardeners.   

 

It’s a question every county Extension agent answers frequently as well.

 

Do I really have to soil test?


The simple answer—yes, you really should have your soil tested every couple of years, especially if you plan to to do something new in that area of your yard.

 

Check out the post for additional information on soil testing and understanding your report.  You will even find a you.tube showing you the correct way to take a soil sample.

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Don’t Be Bugged Webinars Begin This Friday, Feb. 2 - Backyard Wisdom

Don’t Be Bugged Webinars Begin This Friday, Feb. 2 - Backyard Wisdom | Good Gardening News and Advice | Scoop.it
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The first Don’t Be Bugged webinar will provide answers on what works and what doesn’t work to control fire ants. Dani Carroll, a regional home grounds agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System will host the free webinar on Friday, February 1 at 1 p.m. Central time.

 

“Do a web search, and you will find lots of sites with home remedies for fire ant control,” says Carroll. “They are all over the internet. This webinar will help ordinary people learn what works and what doesn't.”

 

In this week’s Backyard Wisdom, I talk with Dr. Kathy Flanders about the webinar series.  You will get a preview of the first webinar, future ones and learn how the series was created.  You can listen to our conversation here .

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Container Gardening - Backyard Wisdom

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There are lots of folks who would love to grow flowers or maybe a tomato or two, but they just don’t have any suitable ground to grow in.  They don’t have to give up their dreams.  They need to consider alternative growing options.  One of the easiest options is to grow in containers.  You can grow almost any flower or many vegetables in containers successfully—provided you give the plants the right conditions.  Read more here and find links to publications and podcasts.

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Wordless Wednesday: Survivor Tree at the Oklahoma City National Memorial - Backyard Wisdom

Wordless Wednesday: Survivor Tree at the Oklahoma City National Memorial - Backyard Wisdom | Good Gardening News and Advice | Scoop.it
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Beautiful image of the Survivor Tree at the Oklahoma National Memorial. This American elm is more than 80 years old and provided the only shade in a nearby parking lot before the 1995 bombing.  From the initial planning, it was clear that this tree would be a part of the memorial.  You can read more about the tree here -- http://www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org/secondary.php?section=5&catid=120 ;

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Nursery Industry Searching for New Potting Materials - Backyard Wisdom

Nursery Industry Searching for New Potting Materials - Backyard Wisdom | Good Gardening News and Advice | Scoop.it
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Dr. Cheryl Boyer of Kansas State University was on Backyard Wisdom recently to talk about her research into regional and more sustainable potting substrates for the nursery industry.  You can read more here and find the link to the podcast.

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Basic Rose Terminology « American Rose Society

Basic Rose Terminology « American Rose Society | Good Gardening News and Advice | Scoop.it

Via Chris VanCleave
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If roses in all their forms confuse you, this should help clear matters up.

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2011 Healthy Gardens Training Series

2011 Healthy Gardens Training Series | Good Gardening News and Advice | Scoop.it
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Great info on a variety of garden topics including seed saving, pollinators and home canning on these archived videos.

 

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