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Cucurbit downy mildew , Bottom of leaf
image by Gerald Holmes

Cucurbit downy
mildew

A foliar, fungal like disease of cucumbers, cantaloupe, melons, squash and pumpkins, Pseudoperonospora cubensis generally arrives in North Carolina in May or June and escalates through fall. Cucurbit downy mildew, Top of leafimage by Gerald Holmes[/caption] Minimize cucurbit downy mildew damage by: Keeping leaves dry when possible: Water the soil rather than the plant Use drip irrigation Water early in the day Space plants to allow air circulation. Plant early in the season to harvest before fall when disease levels are highest in North Carolina. At present, no resistant varieties are available. More Information and Images

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Cucurbit downy mildew , Bottom of leaf
image by Gerald Holmes

Cucurbit downy
mildew

A foliar, fungal like disease of cucumbers, cantaloupe, melons, squash and pumpkins, Pseudoperonospora cubensis generally arrives in North Carolina in May or June and escalates through fall. Cucurbit downy mildew, Top of leafimage by Gerald Holmes[/caption] Minimize cucurbit downy mildew damage by: Keeping leaves dry when possible: Water the soil rather than the plant Use drip irrigation Water early in the day Space plants to allow air circulation. Plant early in the season to harvest before fall when disease levels are highest in North Carolina. At present, no resistant varieties are available. More Information and Images

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Public Gardens
Map

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.

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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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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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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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Protect your Backyard Chickens

Avian Infuenza is a virus transmitted by migrating birds, here is some background information and tips for protecting your flock during the fall migration (September and October). History Dec 2014 – First case in MORE »

Ginkgo Leaves

Tree Talk: Meet the Ginkgo Tree

The Ginkgo tree is an ancient species that has much to offer in your landscape —especially their brilliant, but short lived fall color.  But you have to be a little… sexist… when you MORE »

Mitch Woodward

Stop North Carolina’s #1 Water Pollutant popular

NC State Extension Water Quality Specalist, Mitch Woodward is on a mission to stop North Carolina’s #1 water pollutant.  The problem starts right in our own backyards and each one of us has MORE »

Bryce Lane

Introduction to Plant Identification popular

The Path to Successful Gardening  Six Week Course taught by Bryce Lane NCSU Professor & Lecturer Emeritus, Dept. of Horticultural Science Location JC Raulston Arboretum Registration $220 (Friends of the Arboretum Members, $180) Syllabus MORE »

The Children's Center

The Children’s Center- Using Nature as a Teacher popular

In the News The Horticulture Therapy program at the Children’s Center in Winston-Salem was featured recently in The Camel City Dispatch, Winston-Salem’s online news daily: http://www.camelcitydispatch.com/the-childrens-center-using-nature-as-a-teacher-4873/  Kudos to JoAnn Yates and Jennifer Manning for MORE » – from   Therapeutic Horticulture

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Avian Influenza - Regional Workshop for Small Flock and Backyard Bird OwnersTue Sep 8, 2015
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Where:
Duplin County Center, 165 Agriculture Drive, Kenansville, NC 28349
— 6 days away
Pollinator Garden TourWed Sep 9, 2015
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
480 Hillsboro St, Pittsboro, NC 27312, USA
— 7 days away
Avian Influenza - Regional Workshop for Small Flock and Backyard Bird OwnersFri Sep 11, 2015
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Where:
Burke County Center, 130 Ammons Drive Suite 2 Morganton, NC 28655
— 1 week away
The Great NC Tree Conference, Greensboro, NCThu Sep 17 - Thu Sep 17, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
Greensboro Marriott Downtown, 304 North Greene Street, Greensboro, NC 27401, United States
— 2 weeks away
The Great NC Tree Conference, Greensboro, NCFri Sep 18 - Fri Sep 18, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
Greensboro Marriott Downtown, 304 North Greene Street, Greensboro, NC 27401, United States
— 2 weeks away
Bug Fest!Sat Sep 19, 2015
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM Where:
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601, United States
— 2 weeks away
NC Extension Master Gardener Conference, Cary, NC, 9/21-9/22/2015Mon Sep 21 - Mon Sep 21, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
201 Harrison Oaks Boulevard, Cary, North Carolina, 27513
— 3 weeks away
NC Extension Master Gardener Conference, Cary, NC, 9/21-9/22/2015Tue Sep 22 - Tue Sep 22, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
201 Harrison Oaks Boulevard, Cary, North Carolina, 27513
— 3 weeks away
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