AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Greenhouse tours, a presentation on permeable pavements and hands-on activities will be part of the lineup when the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station’s Plant Science Research Center hosts a free public open house and rainwater-gardening class Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. The center is located on the Auburn University campus at 75 Woodfield Drive.
The tours at the center will be conducted from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and will spotlight several research projects under way in the greenhouses and research field – projects focused on such issues as integrated organic pest management; disease management for ornamentals, field crops and vegetables; and an evaluation of banana varieties.
AUBURN – Auburn University’s Donald E. Davis Arboretum will host a class about choosing plants that are good for our native landscape and avoiding ones that threaten it. The hour-long program, “What’s So Great About Native Plants,” will be offered Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 4:30 p.m. at the Davis Arboretum Pavilion.
A representative from the Alabama Invasive Plant Council will present information on which plants pose the most severe threat to our native landscape and how to identify them. The arboretum staff will discuss the best native plants to grow in this area, as well as the connection between the wild creatures we enjoy, their food and their habitat.
AUBURN – Teach a man to raise fish – and grow plants – and you’ll help feed his family and fellow citizens for a lifetime. That’s a new twist being applied to the age-old proverb at Auburn University, where researchers are combining fish farming and horticulture to help Alabama farmers find new income streams.
Jesse Chappell, associate professor in the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures and specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, is working with professor Jeff Sibley of the Department of Horticulture on the use of fish greenhouse wastewater to fertilize plants in an adjacent greenhouse.
“We want to provide an opportunity for farmers to have more on-farm income,” Chappell said. “We are seeking ways to produce plants more economically through new opportunities.”