“Regardless of geographical region or culture, gardening is perhaps the most common and shared experience of Nature.”
― S. Kelley Harrell, Nature’s Gifts Anthology
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Sipping Nectar From Cardinal Spear
Gardeners have their favored places; places with bins of seed and bags of Black Cow, places with gloves for pulling and tools for digging; places where chicks are peeping and green thumbs twitching; places with shelves and shelves of seedlings and even more friendly advice just for the asking; places where you’re always welcomed with a smile and a “y’all come back now” when you leave. Ready to get up and go?
Here are few places to get your green thumb twitching!
St. Elmo Feed and Seed
Bryant Career Technical Center
Bing’s Booth at the Mobile Flea Market, 401 Schillinger Road
Shore Acres Plant Farm
Underwood Pecan Farm – fruit trees, blueberry bushes
Special Event: Mobile Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale – native species
Green Thumb Resources
Alabama Cooperative Extension Service ANR0063 Planting Guide for Home Gardening in Alabama
A pansy blossom is more than a pretty face. Blossoms can add interest and surprise to a salad on one’s table as well as adding color to a winter bed or garden container. Thriving in the Mobile winter landscape, these annuals can be purchased in a variety of colors at local garden centers. Learn more at the following link.
While many gardens in the United States are covered in snow, Gulf Coast gardens display a variety of flowers including the pinked blossoms of dianthus. Loving full sun and part shade, dianthus brighten the landscape from October till spring. Learn more about these winter bloomers at the following site. Dianthus
Gardeners with itchy green thumbs may still find splashy ornamental kale and cabbage available in garden centers. These sun lovers are perfect for Mobile winters, so scratch that itch and fill a border or large container with these cold-loving annuals. Learn more at the following links.
Ornamental Cabbage and Kale
Thanks to a mild winter climate, residents in the Mobile area can enjoy picking their own citrus. While many have discovered Meyer lemons and kumquats, others have discovered the juicy sweetness of tangelos and tangerines. The above examples are found in the backyard of a Fowl River resident-twice blessed! Find more information about these orange treats at the following links.
Tangerines & Tangelos
Lemon lovers take note-this lemon cultivar is suitable for Mobile gardens. Learn more about Meyer lemons at the following website. Now is the time to plant .
Through the generosity of the Gulf Coast RC&D Council, the KMB outreach program will have more opportunities to address its mission of motivating Mobilians to take greater individual responsibility in their community environment. The $9,030 grant award will be used to support campus beautification, school recycling, school presentations, and community interactions and cleanup activities. An example of GCRC&D support can be found in the December blog postings. GCRC&D funding made it possible for the illustrations to be made into posters for use in presentations and interactions.
Due to GCRC&D support, KMB outreach coordinator, Phyllis Wingard, will conduct a teacher workshop on January 30, 2020, at the Jon Archer Agricultural Center to apprise schools of $500 campus beautification grants available to schools in Mobile County. Information concerning the workshop is being sent to school principals. Thank you to Gulf Coast Resource Conservation and Development Council for helping to make Mobile County a greener, cleaner and more beautiful place to live.
Learn more about the Gulf Coast Resource Conservation and Development Council at the following link. GCRC&D
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
A or B Which choice is the earth friendly choice?
Small groups of citizens across Mobile County are taking responsibility for their communities by forming teams to make their neighborhoods greener, cleaner and more beautiful places to live. They are verifying Ms. Mead’s statement, by changing the world, one neighborhood at a time. The Love Your Community program, a collaborative effort of County Commissioner, Connie Hudson and Keep Mobile Beautiful, Inc., can help groups start improving their neighborhoods by providing tools and supplies for cleanup activities. Click on the link below to get started.
Love Your Community
The generosity of the Gulf Coast Resource and Conservation Development Council, has provided grant funding to allow the six sets of illustrations demonstrating individual choices that make our community a greener, cleaner and more beautiful place to live, to be made into posters for use in Mobile County school and community presentations. Learn more about the contributions the Gulf Coast RC&D makes to the South Alabama gulf coast region at the following link. GCRC&D
“We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do.” Barbara Ward
A or B Which will you choose?
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
-George Bernard Shaw
A or B Which will you choose?
One time use plastic products are not earth friendly choices. Plastic straws find their way into waterways, bays, and the Gulf of Mexico, becoming threats to wildlife. Avoiding the use of plastic straws or using paper straws are better choices.