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Bye Bye Birdie?

According to new research published in Science this month, birds are in crisis. Nearly 3 billion birds are gone. …

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Native Plant Hike With Nature Photography

Garden Life Series Event Native Plant Hike with Nature Photography Saturday, November 16, 2019 10 a.m. until noon San-Lee Park 572 Pumping Station Road Sanford, …

Turf in the Fall

True to North Carolina, our fall has had a slow, unpredictable start, and that can lead to some confusion …

Farm-City Week Activities

Join city and country folk as we celebrate our annual Farm-City Week. Farm-City Week in Lee County is November …

Applying fertilizer

Understanding Plant Nutrition

“Put-It-To-It” is not the best fertilizer plan for our gardens. I often hear that phrase from folks who apply …

Soil Testing

With the growing season winding down, it’s hard to start thinking about what needs to happen for next year, …

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 …

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Winterizing the Herb Garden

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Eastern North Carolina Planting Calendar for Annual Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs

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