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December Tips for the
Gardener - 9 minute video

Check out this 9 minute video on Poinsettias, Christmas Cactus, Christmas trees and more. Featuring Linda Blue


December Tips for the
Gardener - 9 minute video

Check out this 9 minute video on Poinsettias, Christmas Cactus, Christmas trees and more. Featuring Linda Blue

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Asian lady beetles
have begun their search for winter quarters.

image by Saaby[/caption] Beetles have begun focusing their attention on finding a place to spend the winter. Among their favorite sites are crevices in tree bark, rock outcroppings, and buildings. In most cases, the beetles are a minor inconvenience but occassionally people's houses have been inundated with literally thousands of lady beetles. The beetles can pinch and some people can develop allergies to airborne particulates from lady beetle carcasses. If you squish them, the beetles excude an odor and leave a yellow-brown stain, however, beetles do not cause structural damage. Management: exclusion vacuume up indoor beetles blacklight traps More Information by Mike Waldvogel and Patty Alder

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Extension Master

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.

Public Gardens Map

Public Gardens

Check out the Map of Public Gardens on the NCSU Gardening Portal *  Click on a marker for detailed information about that garden. * Use the zoom tool on the left to focus in on a particular area or to view a larger area. * Click and drag to reposition the view. *  Click a type of garden in the key to view only gardens of that type. *  Scroll down below the full size map for an alphabetical listing of gardens.

Searchable Database of Plants

Searchable Database
of Plants

Searchable Database of Plants[/caption] plants.ces.ncsu.edu  Identify the perfect plant for your yard!  Seach by height, light requirements, leaf color, flower color, ability to atract butterflies and song birds, and much more.

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