Upcoming Events

The 30th Annual Montgomery Co. Natural Resources Tour

Come out and participate in the Annual Montgomery County Natural Resources Tour on Thursday, October 25, 2018. Open the attachment for more information.  

         TOUR TOPICS:

* Controlling nuisance animals through trapping
* Dinosaurs through the Black Belt!
* Sharing your property through Education
* Bee Presentation
* Educational Exhibits – Everything from tractors to trees!

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Organic Gardening Techniques

Hosted by
Alabama Cooperative Extension & Capital City Master Gardeners Association
Wednesday, August 15th 2018
Grace Episcopal Church 906 Pike Road
Pike Road, Alabama
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

To sign-up or for more information, contact the Montgomery County Extension office at 334-270-4133. Cost is $30 per person and includes lunch.

Pre-Registration and Payment is required by Thursday, August 9th

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2018 River Region Successful Aging Initiative

The 2018 event is fast approaching and we invite you to receive education and resources at the upcoming River Region Successful Aging Initiative on Thursday, September 20th at Multiplex @ Cramton Bowl. 

9:00 a.m. -– 2:00 p.m.

Please fill out the below registration form and mail to – 5340 Atlanta Hwy., Montgomery AL 36109. If you need more information, contact us at 334.270.4133 or email bixlekr@aces.edu

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Fire Ant Management Workshop

Fire Ant Management Workshop
Hosted by the
Alabama Cooperative Extension System
 Thursday, May 17, 2018
 Founders Station in Pike Road
4902 Pike Road
Pike Road, Alabama
 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

The topics discussed at this meeting include fire ant biology, management approached, and fire ant control materials.  There is no registration fee, but seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Please pre-register by calling the Montgomery County Extension Office at 334-270-4133 by Wednesday, May, 16.

Muscadine Production

A Few Thoughts on Muscadine Production

Many things could be said on Muscadine production, but here are a few things to think about once you have decided on what type of trellis system you will build. No matter the kind of trellis system you have for your Muscadine, I recommend an H brace at the ends of the trellis. It is very strong and would not be a hazard to trip over as a guy-wire system would. A nine gauge wire or larger should be used the length of the trellis to support the fruiting arms (cordons). The trellis wire should be secured to the end posts on the H brace, but allowed to slip through the line posts. This wire can stretch and will need to be tightened each year after pruning. I like installing a wire strainer on the trellis wire to keep it tight. You can easily find wire strainers in the electric fence department at most farm supply stores, and they will allow you to tighten the wire with a wrench.

During the dormant season when you are tightening your wire, it may be a good time to go ahead and check for tendrils that may be wrapped around the permanent parts of the plant such as the trunk, fruiting arms, or even the spurs. These tendrils can girdle the vine at that point so make sure you remove any tendril that may cause problems. If a tendril has girdled the plant to the point of killing part of the vine, you should cut the dead part out and replace it as the plant starts growing the following spring. Once Muscadine leaf out they are hard to see so the best time to check for girdling tendrils would be during the dormant season. However, if you did not check before your plants leafed out, I would not wait until they go dormant again. Anytime is a good time to remove a girdling tendril.

Try not to wrap the fruiting arms around your wire to hold them up. The arms should be loosely tied to the wire with wide straps or something that will not girdle the cordons. Some people loop a wire through a piece of old water hose and tie to the trellis wire to support the arms.

It is recommended to prune Muscadine between December and March. I would make sure to prune Muscadine before the new growth begins in the spring. Before pruning Muscadine, you need to remember that Muscadine bloom on new growth stemming from one year old wood. When pruning, you should prune the long vine of last year’s growth back to 3 to 5 buds, which may be five or so inches long. We refer to that five inch long shoot as a spur and the new growth from that spur will be the shoots that bloom and produces fruit. If we prune like this each year the spurs get farther away from the arm, so eventually around year 5 or 6 we may do some spur thinning. That would be removing a portion of the spur to allow new vines/spurs to be produced.

We have a very good publication titled Commercial Muscadine and Bunch Grape Production Guide that has a lot of information on Muscadine production. The guide has a table that lists many different Muscadine cultivars and lists characteristics such as sugar content, size, hardiness, plant vigor, harvest season, etc. If you have any questions on Muscadine production, give us a call at your local Extension office.

My area of responsibility is Commercial Horticulture, which is the production of horticultural crops to sell. This would include nurseries, sod farms, Christmas tree farms, cut flower production, fruit production, and vegetable production. I have an email list that I use to send information out to growers on a regular basis. If you would like to sign up to be on my email list, send an email to me at eastwil@aces.edu, and I will gladly add you to the list. If you are interested in other topics, I suggest contacting your local Extension office in order to be added to other Extension email lists.

Dr. Chip East
Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Photo courtesy of USDA ARS

Orchids – Growing Techniques ~ How & When to Repot

Friday – March 16, 2018
Montgomery County Extension Office
5340 Atlanta Hwy.
Montgomery AL
9:00 – 11:00 am

Bring your favorite Orchid that needs repotted…. we are providing Pots, Soil & Fertilizer.

 Registration is required – limited seating
To sign-up or for more information, contact 334-270-4133.
Cost is $20.00 which includes all necessary materials for repotting your Orchids.

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2017 Montgomery County Natural Resources Tour

Please plan to participate in the 2017 Annual Natural Resources Tour on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Laslie Hall’s Property. This year’s tour will emphasize Trees & Shrub response to drought, Pine Beetle infestations and management, Wildlife management including Eagles, Ducks and other birds. Directional signs will be posted along the roadways to help you find the property.

Registration will begin at noon followed by the welcome ceremonies and the tour wagons will depart at 1:30pm.

Registration is $10.00 per person, which will help cover the cost of serving a meal. Please pre-register by Friday, October 20 so we can have a delicious meal ready for you. We will have several exhibitors this year and there will be plenty of opportunities to visit with them, to see and learn about their products or services. If you have any questions, please call 334-270-4133.

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