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Extension Master
Gardeners

Since 1979 North Carolina Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers have been guiding homeowners in making environmentally sound decisions in their gardens, lawns and landscapes. Extension Master Gardener volunteers work with NC Cooperative Extension to provide gardeners with unbiased, research based information on gardens, lawns and landscapes. Under the guidance of Extension agents, volunteers complete a 40 hour training program, pass an examination, and complete a 40 hour internship. To remain active in the program volunteers must log a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service and 12 hours of continuing education each year. Seventy three counties offer the Extension Master Gardener program and there are currently over 4,000 active Extension Master Gardener volunteers.   Go to NCEMGV.org for information on how EMGVs can help you, how you can become and NC EMGV, and how you can support the program.

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Extension Master
Gardeners

Since 1979 North Carolina Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers have been guiding homeowners in making environmentally sound decisions in their gardens, lawns and landscapes. Extension Master Gardener volunteers work with NC Cooperative Extension to provide gardeners with unbiased, research based information on gardens, lawns and landscapes. Under the guidance of Extension agents, volunteers complete a 40 hour training program, pass an examination, and complete a 40 hour internship. To remain active in the program volunteers must log a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service and 12 hours of continuing education each year. Seventy three counties offer the Extension Master Gardener program and there are currently over 4,000 active Extension Master Gardener volunteers.   Go to NCEMGV.org for information on how EMGVs can help you, how you can become and NC EMGV, and how you can support the program.

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Tomato Late Blight
image by Gerald Holmes - Bugwood

Tomato Late
Blight

Phytophthora infestans is the oomycete responsible for both Tomato Late Blight and Potato Late Blight and was the cause of the 1840 Irish Potato famine. Tomato Late Blightimage by Margaret McGrath, Cornell Bugwood[/caption] It also attacks other members of the solanacea family including petunia and nightshade affecting all above-ground portions of the plant. Symptoms appear first on the younger leaves as irregularly shaped lesions and white cottony growth on the underside of the leaf. Cool (nights in the 50s-60s and days in the 80s), wet weather and clouds provide optimal conditions for the disease. Tomato Late Blightimage by Gerald Holmes - Bugwood[/caption] Management Grow resistant varieties Plant early in the season Prevent water from staying on leaves Remove infected leaves, fruit, plants, and weeds .

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Downy Mildew
Image by Gerald Holmes -- Bugwood

Plant Disease
Factsheets

NC State Plant Disease Fact Sheets have disease management recommendations for organic growers and for home gardeners. Cedar apple rust on Serviceberryimage by Lucy Bradley[/caption] There is a description of the disease, a list of host plants, diagnostic cues and images, everything you need to identify and manage disease problems in your garden and landscape.

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HomemadeSpinningCompost3-PatrickBeggs

So many reasons to
compost . . .

Compost incorporated into the soil increases the organic matter content, improves the physical properties of the soil, helps roots penetrate better, holds moisture, provides aeration to plant roots, suppresses some diseases and supplies some essential nutrients. Compost can also be applied to the soil surface to conserve moisture, control weeds, reduce erosion, improve appearance and keep the soil from gaining or losing heat too rapidly. (Excerpt from the Extension Gardener Manual, Composting Chapter by Rhonda Sherman.) For more information see http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/topic/composting/backyard/

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Canterbury Bells

Some NC Farmers Stay Local

80% of the cut flowers sold in this country come from outside the US.  Its an industry that has a world wide value estimated at over $40 billion.  NC State Extension Master Gardener MORE »

Sam Marshall

Brunswick Agent Teaches IPM to Master Gardeners

Brunswick County Horticulture Agent Sam Marshall explained some basic Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, tenets on the Master Gardener podcast Getting Dirty with Master Gardeners. Sam explained that IPM strategies produce long-term solutions and often at less cost MORE »

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13th Annual Natural Learning Initiative Design Institute

The Whole Child in Nature Designing and programming children’s outdoor environments for play, learning, and well-being. Learn how naturalized outdoor environments offer children opportunities to engage with the natural world (plants, animals, rocks, air, MORE »

Dr. Jeana Myers demonstrates the interactive topographic sand table in the Dig It exhibit at the NC Museum of Natural Science
Photo: Dr. Lise Jenkins, EMGV, Durham county

Digging in at Dig It popular

Dig It! The Secrets of Soil Exhibit open through August 16, 2015 Wake county’s Horticulture Extension Agent, Dr. Jeana Myers, toured the NC Museum of Natural Science special exhibit Dig It: The Secrets of MORE »

Carol McPherson, EMGV in Orange County and reporter for "Tree Talk" image by Gregg McPherson

Tree Talk: Live Oaks popular

Meet the Live Oak on Getting Dirty with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers audio program. Carol Mcpherson, an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer in Orange county, provides a free, 11 minute introduction to this southern favorite. MORE »

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Dig It! The Secrets of Soil at the Museum of Natural SciencesWed Jul 29 - Wed Jul 29, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601
— 6 hours away
Dig It! The Secrets of Soil at the Museum of Natural SciencesThu Jul 30 - Thu Jul 30, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601
— Tomorrow
Dig It! The Secrets of Soil at the Museum of Natural SciencesFri Jul 31 - Fri Jul 31, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601
— 2 days away
Dig It! The Secrets of Soil at the Museum of Natural SciencesSat Aug 1 - Sat Aug 1, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601
— 3 days away
Dig It! The Secrets of Soil at the Museum of Natural SciencesSun Aug 2 - Sun Aug 2, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601
— 4 days away
Dig It! The Secrets of Soil at the Museum of Natural SciencesMon Aug 3 - Mon Aug 3, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601
— 5 days away
Bats for Pest Control WorkshopMon Aug 3, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Where:
Silk Hope, NC
— 6 days away
Dig It! The Secrets of Soil at the Museum of Natural SciencesTue Aug 4 - Tue Aug 4, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601
— 6 days away
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