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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 …

Mixed Signals

Lately, our weather has been keeping us on our toes and sending us mixed signals: a teasing glimpse of …

Frost damage on strawberry bloom by B. Poling

False Spring

False spring occurs during winter when the weather becomes unusually warm before getting very cold again. The air is …

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Growing Fruit Can Be Fun

Growing fruit can be fun, supply your family with fresh, tasty, and nutritious food and you don’t need an …

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Blueberries in the Home Garden

Blueberries are among the major fruit crops of North Carolina, which produces nearly 40 million pounds of blueberries worth …

Purposeful Pruning

I think we’ve all been there before–loppers in hand, a shrub in front of us, questioning when and how …

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Muscadines

Want to grow grapes in the south? If so, you have two choices – plant muscadines or plant another …

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Planning Next Year’s Garden

The New Year is Here! Hopefully the seeds we’ve saved over from last year or ordered new from our …

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Hellebores or Lenten Rose

Capture the charm of winter this season with hellebores, also called Lenten Roses. This unique small evergreen groundcover adds …

Muscadine Grapevine Management Workshop

Dr. Mark Hoffman, NC State University Small Fruit Specialist, and Minda Daughtry, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Lee County Center …

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Holiday Poinsettia

It’s that time of year already! From the stores in the shopping mall to the restaurant, the inescapable sounds …

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Christmas Cactus

The Holiday season is here, with cheerful decorations, including unique holiday plants. One of my family’s favorites is the …

Symbol of the Holidays

The passing of Thanksgiving Day marches us closer to the next big holiday……. Christmas! The season begs the question, …

Why Farming Matters

Farming has played an important role in North Carolina’s history and continues to contribute to the culture and economy …

Recent Publications related to Lawn & Garden

Summer and Fall Flowering Bulbs for the Landscape

Summer and fall flowering bulbs provide another dimension to gardening. They add beauty and interest …

Peonies for the Home Landscape

Peonies are long-lived, perennial flowers that produce large flowers in the spring. Colors include black, …

Dahlias for the Home Landscape

Dahlias, are a popular addition to the landscape because they have a wide height range …

Roses for North Carolina

Sooner or later most home gardeners think about growing roses. Landscape uses are quite varied …

Hints for Fall-Planted Spring and Early Summer Flowering Bulbs

This publication offers guidelines on planning a garden and buying bulbs, as well as planting …

Qualifiers for Quagmires: Landscape Plants for Wet Sites

Wet, poorly drained soils present one the most difficult challenges for growing plants in the …

Controlling Sedges in Landscape Plantings

More than 40 sedge species may be found in North Carolina landscapes. Although grass-like in …

Postemergence, Non-Selective Herbicides for Landscapes and Nurseries

Manual removal of weeds is time consuming, expensive, and often results in damage to landscape …