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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 …

White-tailed deer 19Aug2015 lamjohnm

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 …

Cover photo for Earth Day

Earth Day

April 22 was Earth Day, and was a great opportunity to remind us that plants are good for the …

Rose Rosetta Disease

Rose Rosette Disease

Rose rosette is a viral disease that has been increasingly common on many rose species and cultivars in North …

Cover photo for Seed Starting

Seed Starting

March 21 is behind us. It’s officially spring! Some warmer days and still cold nights, so it still may not …

Reduced Fruit Yield

We’re in sight of full-blown spring, which means steady, warming temperatures, an explosion of plant growth, and dreams of …

Cluster of Tomatoes

Trouble Growing Tomatoes?

Trouble Growing Tomatoes When: Saturday, April 13, 2019 Time: 11 a.m. until noon Where: Broadway Hardware & Supply 305 N. Main Street Broadway, NC …

NCSU Plant Picture

Geocaching Fun - Into the Woods

Geocaching Fun When: Saturday, April 6, 2019 Time: 1–3 p.m. Where: San Lee Park 572 Pumping Station Rd. Sanford, NC 27330 Would you like to discover and …

Carolina Cickadee Bird

Gardening for the Birds

Continued expansion of housing developments is reducing and degrading habitats for native species, but your garden can provide valuable …

Marigolds & tomatoes

Tomatoes and Marigolds

Growing up we always planted marigolds in with our tomatoes. This practice was folklore wisdom that got handed down …

Fungus Gnats

Fungus Gnats in Houseplants

I propagate several houseplants. Some are heirlooms that have been in the family for many decades and I share …

Recent Publications related to Lawn & Garden

Summer Cover Crops

There is growing interest in the use of short-season summer annual legumes or grasses as …

Weed Control in Vegetable Gardens

Weeds are unwanted plants in gardens that reduce available moisture, nutrients, sunlight and growing space …

Raspberries in the Home Garden

In the case of specialty or non-traditional small fruit crops in the Southeast, red raspberries …

Muscadine Grapes in the Home Garden

Muscadine grapes are well adapted to the Coastal Plain of North Carolina, where temperatures seldom …

Bunch Grapes in the Home Garden

Grapes are welcome summer treats that can be eaten fresh, processed into jellies, jams, juice …

Caring for Your Lawn and the Environment

This factsheet provides information on how to keep a lawn healthy and attractive and how …

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A master gardener performs research in Mecklenburg County

IV. NC State Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program Policies

This chapter of the NC State Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Guidelines covers policies of the …

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Photo of fritillary butterfly

Hummingbirds and Butterflies

This publication describes how you can transform your backyard into an area that welcomes nectar-seekers, …

1 week agoWorking With Wildlife