gardening goings on by SherryBlanton
Aug 13, 2011 | 11923 views |  0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

view as list
Lunch and Learn 2014
by SherryBlanton
Apr 07, 2014 | 1047 views |  0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink



Beyond My Backyard

Lunch and Learn, April 23: Rene Morrison, JSU Field School,

A series of free gardening programs sponsored by the Calhoun County Master Gardeners and held the 4th Wednesday of the month from April through September at Cane Creek Community Gardens. Noon to 1 PM. Please bring your lunch. For more information call the Calhoun County Extension Office at 256-237-1621.



Propagating Hydrangeas

Lunch and Learn, May: 28: David Doggett, Jefferson County Master Gardener

A series of free gardening programs sponsored by the Calhoun County Master Gardeners and held the 4th Wednesday of the month from April through September at Cane Creek Community Gardens. Noon to 1 PM. Please bring your lunch. For more information call the Calhoun County Extension Office at 256-237-1621.



June 25: Hayes Jackson, ACES, “Sensational Salvias”

A series of free gardening programs sponsored by the Calhoun County Master Gardeners and held the 4th Wednesday of the month from April through September at Cane Creek Community Gardens. Noon to 1 PM. Please bring your lunch. For more information call the Calhoun County Extension Office at 256-237-1621.



July 23: Dani Carroll, ACES, “Creating a Bee Friendly Garden”

A series of free gardening programs sponsored by the Calhoun County Master Gardeners and held the 4th Wednesday of the month from April through September at Cane Creek Community Gardens. Noon to 1 PM. Please bring your lunch. For more information call the Calhoun County Extension Office at 256-237-1621.



August 27: Jason Powell, Petals from the Past, “ Tough Plants for Southern Gardens

A series of free gardening programs sponsored by the Calhoun County Master Gardeners and held the 4th Wednesday of the month from April through September at Cane Creek Community Gardens. Noon to 1 PM. Please bring your lunch. For more information call the Calhoun County Extension Office at 256-237-1621. 

 

September 24: Hayes Jackson, ACES, “Easy Plants for Difficult Places”

A series of free gardening programs sponsored by the Calhoun County Master Gardeners and held the 4th Wednesday of the month from April through September at Cane Creek Community Gardens. Noon to 1 PM. Please bring your lunch. For more information call the Calhoun County Extension Office at 256-237-1621.

 

 

 

 


Tree Amigos Master Gardener Plant Sale
by SherryBlanton
Apr 07, 2014 | 613 views |  0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Join the Calhoun County Tree Amigos Master Gardeners for their plant sale. Unusual perennials, trees, and shrubs will be featured at the sale, Saturday, April 12, 8am - 11am, Cane Creek Community Gardens at McClellan. We have two different ornamental quince with huge intensely colored flowers (one is bright red and the other is magnificent pink and no thorns)

Sale proceeds benefit the Tree Amigos program. For information please call 256-237-1621.


Camellias
by SherryBlanton
Dec 12, 2013 | 7707 views |  0 comments | 466 466 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

If you don’t have a camellia in your garden, or you have several, now is the perfect time to add at least one more. Many are in bloom this time of the year and lots more will be coming into bloom over the next several months. A walk though the garden yesterday showed at least a dozen with big fat bud or in flower. Camellias are not picky. As the State Flower of Alabama they are a natural for our gardens. Camellias prefer acid soil, like azaleas, and gardenias. If you do not know your soil pH, that is, whether you have acid or alkaline soil, now is the perfect time to perform a soil test with a kit from the Calhoun County Extension Office. Soil tests are inexpensive and can save you lots of money in incorrect or unnecessary fertilizer and sickly plants. Camellias need well drained soil, too. They prefer dappled sun light; shade through pine trees is great. Although there are a few who can take full sun, but the hot afternoon sun is never good for them. The early morning sun can often burn the blossoms and full shade may hamper their blooming. Camellias must be watered until they are acclimated to their new home but once they are content, they can be quite drought tolerant. The biggest no- no when it comes to planting is planting it too deep. Camellias should be planted high, that is with the top of the soil line in the pot about an inch over the ground level. If the gardener continues to pile lots of mulch around the trunk, the plant to be will be too deep. Mulch up around the trunk is never a good thing as this habit encourages disease and insects. However, a nice layer of mulch around the roots keeps the soil cool in summer and warmer in winter, keeps down weeds, and protects a plant from encroaching weed eaters.

There is a huge choice of camellias on the market. First of all, there are camellia sasanquas which bloom from early fall to December; then there are the camellia japonicas which bloom from December to spring. Sasanquas typically have more but smaller flowers. Japonicas are noted for their magnificent large blooms. I have seen camellias with white, yellow, red, pink, and variegated flowers. There are camellias that grow in an upright form; others that grow in a spreading form. I have seen them more than 12 feet high also. There are lower growing ones like ‘Shishi-Gahsira’. It is important to know the mature size of your plant so that you give it the room it needs to be happy. The only pruning a camellia should ever need might be to prune off the tall sprouts it sometimes grows.

Take a trip to the nursery and look at the camellias. You will come home with more than one. Guaranteed!


2014 Master Gardener Class
by SherryBlanton
Dec 12, 2013 | 895 views |  0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
If you have been thinking about taking the Master Gardener Training Class, tomorrow is the very last day to register. The cost is $125 and the class lasts from January to April and meets every Wednesday from 9 until 3. We have a great time; we learn so much from talented educators and make good friends in the bargain. The MG program has been a life changing experience for so many in our association. To register, stop by the Calhoun County Extension Office in the Administration Building on Noble Street by close of business tomorrow.  Please join us; I can promise you it is the best time and money you can spend.  

Fall Fest
by SherryBlanton
Oct 17, 2013 | 4503 views |  0 comments | 161 161 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Fall Fest Flower Show
Fall Fest Flower Show
slideshow
Lots of family friendly fun!  Kids activities including a hayride and moonbounce!  Live music, and contests galore - canning, quilting, arts & crafts & a flower contest/show. For contest information and rules, call 256 237 1621.

Fall is for Planting
by SherryBlanton
Sep 24, 2013 | 2648 views |  0 comments | 103 103 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Fall officially started on September 23rd. The afternoons are warm; the mornings, however, are nice and cool and have inspired me to get out in the yard and enjoy the pleasant temperatures. Fall can be a really busy time for the gardener. Fall is a great time to do a soil test; should your results show that you need to add lime, the winter months will allow the lime to be incorporated into the soil before the next growing season begins. A soil test now will also allow you to see what other improvements need to be made to the soil. Fall is not a good time to add fertilizer as you don’t want to cause your plants to have a growing spurt and tender shoots be killed by the first frost. However, you can add amendments such as compost to the soil  It is time to cut back the spent annuals and clean the perennial bed.

Fall is a great time to start a compost pile with all those wonderful leaves that will soon be covering the lawns. When others begin bagging and carrying their leaves to the curb, you can pick up those bags and add them to your compost pile. Chopped up leaves and pinestraw make great mulch too! 

The most important point about fall for gardeners is that we are at the best time to plant in our area (with mid winter being the second best). Fall planting allows the us to take advantage of how a plant grows. During the winter, plants become dormant, meaning they are growing more slowly and are not having to expend loads of energy on putting on leaves and flowers. So new plants can spend the winter months growing a strong root system. Another positive of fall planting is that Mother Nature will keep them watered over the winter. (However, if the days are very dry, you will need to supplement the rainfall.) Newly planted ornamentals and trees are not stressed by intense heat and drought as they can be, if planted in the spring..

Fall is also a good time to add winter color, such as pansies to your landscape. There is nothing more wonderful than a container or a bed of pansies to provide winter time cheer. 

Make a visit to a garden center and bring home something new to add to your landscape.  Enjoy!


Camellia Workshop
by SherryBlanton
Sep 09, 2013 | 2421 views |  0 comments | 154 154 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Camellias and Companion Plants Workshop

Join Calhoun County Extension Urban Horticulturist Hayes Jackson on September 27th at Cane Creek Community Gardens for a Workshop on growing camellias and companion plants in Central Alabama.  The Workshop will be from 10am til 2pm.  There will be a fee of $15.00 and lunch will be provided.  Plants will be available for purchase from Tree Amigos 4H club volunteers.  Call the Extension Office at 256.237.1621 for additonal information and registration.  Participants must pre-register by September 19, 2013.

Fruit Workshop
by SherryBlanton
Aug 27, 2013 | 3165 views |  0 comments | 207 207 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Photo

IS IT FALL YET?
by SherryBlanton
Aug 26, 2013 | 1599 views |  0 comments | 111 111 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
FALL!
FALL!
slideshow
The summer has been wonderful for flowers and peaches. The tomatoes have been delicious too! Extension Agent Dani Carroll had a super article in the Star yesterday about planting a fall/winter garden. It is time. Herbs like parsley and cilantro grow better if planted in the fall also. Start watching your favorite garden centers for plants for your landscape as we will move into the best planting time in Alabama: late October, early November. It is time to decide if you want daffodils or tulips and get orders in to your favorite bulb source for late fall planting.

Fall is a good time to take stock of your garden and decide what you would like to add as planting season will be here before you know it. Happy planting.

Ever Had a Deer Eat All your Flowers?
by SherryBlanton
Aug 09, 2013 | 2891 views |  0 comments | 150 150 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Limiting Backyard  Wildlife Damage

Friday, September 13, 2013 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, CT

Calhoun County Extension Auditorium, 1702 Noble Street

Cost:  $5

 

Animals to be discussed:

Bats                Squirrels         Moles                          Voles 

Deer                Mice                Rabbits                       Chipmunks

Snakes            Armadillos      Raccoons

 

Registration fee covers snacks, reading materials and registration.

To register, contact our office at 256.237.1621 by September 6th.

 

 


page
2 3 .. 8 
Comments must be made through Facebook
No personal attacks
No name-calling
No offensive language
Comments must stay on topic
No infringement of copyrighted material


Friends to Follow



Most Recommended
Today's Events

event calendar

post a new event

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Marketplace