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Fall Vegetable Garden

As the summer vegetable crops reach maturity, August and September are an ideal time to plant cool-season crops for …

Houseplants

Indoor Plant Lighting

Plants provide many benefits to all of us—from appealing artistry to health, hopefully both. However, planning for enough light …

Crape Myrtle Bark Scale

Crape myrtles are ubiquitous in home and commercial landscapes in our area, but a new pest has the potential …

Milkweed bugs on Milkweed

Milkweed Bug

The bond between monarch butterflies and milkweed plants is a good story. Monarchs cannot survive without milkweed. Monarch caterpillars …

Fall Armyworm

Fall Armyworms Invade!

In late summer, almost every year, caterpillars invade turfgrass throughout the south as they move northward from their southern …

Sudden Tree Death

A rash of dying trees has been cropping up across the region and most of the calls are the …

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Fall Garden

Heat lovers like tomatoes and eggplants are coming off the bushes in droves and it’s time to begin thinking …

Invasive Species

There are many benefits to planting natives in the garden. Native plant species co-evolved with native animal life, especially …

Heat Damaged Tomatoes

Hot Summer Days

Hot summer days and excessively dry conditions are two challenges for gardeners as well as for our plants. When …

Large Patch in Lawns

Our southern climate is a perfect catalyst and climate for pest pressure: diseases never truly disappear with our winter …

Japanese Beetle, Adult

Japanese Beetles

Hordes of shiny metallic green destroyers emerge from the ground to feed on fresh, young foliage. They ravage the …

Common Tomato Diseases

Last month I mentioned that an important criterion when choosing tomato varieties is disease resistance. Plant breeders have developed …

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Oh Deer!

White-tailed deer are a pest even in urban areas. Despite our best efforts, deer do damage to landscape plantings …

Summer Heat on Plants

Summer is quickly approaching and so is the North Carolina summer heat. Ensuring your plants are healthy and happy …

Home Irrigation

While walking with a blueberry grower a few weeks back, we stopped at a young blueberry shrub with dramatic …

Understanding Tomato Varieties

Tomatoes are easily the most popular crop grown in home vegetable gardens (though the part we eat is most …

Pickling Cucumbers

Climbing Cucumbers

Cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) has been grown and bred for centuries. It is mentioned in the Bible and in …

Cover photo for Strawberry Disorders

Strawberry Disorders

Sun shining, temperatures soaring which can only mean it’s mid-spring and strawberry season is in eastern North Carolina! It’s …

Bats

The Importance of Bats

Set aside the spooky Halloween tales. In reality, bats serve as important pollinators of many food plants and provide …

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Lettuce

This publication discusses growing and harvesting head lettuce, the most important salad vegetable grown in …

Fresh Market Tomato Production Piedmont and Coastal Plain of North Carolina

The tomato is a warm season crop. With special production practices you can produce your …

regional turfgrass map

9. Lawns

This lawns chapter from the Extension Gardener Handbook reviews installation and care of turfgrass as …

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Cyclamen Mite and Broad Mite in Ornamental Plants

This Entomology Insect Note describes the biology and control of the cyclamen and broad mites, …

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Darkwinged fungus gnat

Darkwinged Fungus Gnats

This Entomology Insect Note describes darkwinged fungus gnats, an insect pest of some field crops, …

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Cypress weevil

Cypress Weevil

This Entomology Insect Note describes the biology and control of the cypress weevil, an insect …

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Figure 1. Immature cottony cushion scale insects.

Cottony Cushion Scale

This Entomology Insect Note describes the biology and control of cottony cushion scale, an insect …

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Figure 1. Crapemyrtle aphids.

Crapemyrtle Aphid

This Entomology Insect Note describes the biology and control of the crapemyrtle aphid, a common …

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