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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 …

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 …


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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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