Tomato blossom-end rot

County Agent’s Corner

Q: I am having trouble with my tomatoes. I have noticed brown spots near the base of the fruit. They start out small, but continue to increase in size. What is this disease and how can I get rid of it? A: Well, if it is any consolation, you are not alone. We have been getting several calls from folks […]

Recipe Corner

Alice Springs Chicken 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced4 boneless, skinless chicken breastsSeasoning salt1 cup honey mustard sauce(recipe at right)4 slices bacon, cooked1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded Layer mushrooms in the bottom of a baking dish. Add chicken and sprinkle with seasoning salt. Top with bacon and ¾ cup of the honey mustard sauce. Sprinkle cheese over the top. Bake at […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, June 23, 1932

Cotton growing from old stalks Reports still come to The Democrat of cotton growing from the old 1931 stalks. J.C. Ballew, who lives on route 1, Cleveland, has found several stalks that are growing nicely and he believes will produce cotton again this year. He brought one of them to The Democrat office. Mr. Ballew says that in 1906 he […]

Out and About

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There has been so much going on in our world recently, I really do not know what to write about in this month’s column. There is certainly more that can be said about the coronavirus cases being on the rise. According to what I see on my infrequent trips into the public domain, I sense many of us are tired […]

Squash pollination problems

County Agent’s Corner

Q: I was walking in my vegetable garden the other day and noticed that some of my squash blossoms are falling off. What is going on? Is this an insect problem? What should I do? A. I have gotten several calls recently similar to yours, so don’t feel alone. There are several different issues that may result in blossom drop, […]

Recipe Corner

Hissy Fit Dip 1 lb. sausage 16 oz. sour cream 8 oz. Velveeta cheese, cut into small cubes 4 oz. muenster cheese 1 tsp. onion powder ¼ tsp. garlic powder 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 1 Tbsp. dried parsley Lightly spray a 9 x 9 pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a skillet, cook sausage until no longer pink […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, June 19, 1973

Outdoor cooking AUBURN – “Always put safety first when cooking outdoors,” says Dr. Billy Powell, Extension food scientist. Place your barbecue grill away from buildings, trees, dry grass, and shrubs. And have a water pistol handy to put out flare-ups. Use liquid charcoal lighter fluid, an electric starter, or kindling to start your fire instead of gasoline or kerosene, Powell […]

Between the Lines

Class of 2020, Let me be one of the 763 people who will likely give you advice. Bear with me. What a wild ride. The light at the end of the tunnel, a.k.a. your senior year, has been a mess. You’ve all had to do it differently and you pulled it off beautifully. Without harsh complaining you rolled with the […]


County Agent’s Corner

Well, I think that summer is officially upon us, and nothing says summer like tomatoes. While yours may not be ripe quite yet, there are some things to be looking for now to ensure a delicious, homegrown tomato sandwich is in your future. When it comes to tomato problems, they fall into three categories – cultural, disease, and insect. Often, […]

Recipe Corner

Strawberry Brownies 1 box strawberry cake mix2 eggs1/3 cup oil1 cup powdered sugar1/2 to 2 Tbsp. milk Line an 8” square baking pan with parchment paper. Mix cake mix, eggs, and oil with a hand mixer until well combined. Spread batter evenly into pan. Bake for 15 minutes or just until set. Be careful not to overcook. Allow brownies to […]

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