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Quick Links to featured NC Cooperative Extension resources for Gardeners

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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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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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Basil Downey
Mildew

A fungal disease that attacks in hot humid months, Basil Downey Mildew often show up in July. Leaves turn yellow and then brown with dark fuzzy spores on the undersides. Image by Sandra Jensen[/caption] This fungus is selective and only attacks basil. There is no effective treatment. Remove infected basil plants and seedlings. Basil Downey Mildew needs a live host so it is fine to compost the diseased plants but do not save seed which may also be infected.  Do not replant with basil until after frost. Prevention is the key. Keep leaves dry by applying irrigation to the soil, not the plant. Space plants to promote air circulation and rapid drying of leaves after rain. More images and information: Growing Small Farms NC State Plant Pathology

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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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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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8th Annual Paw Paw Festival popular

Free Event! The 8th annual NC pawpaw festival will be held 10 am -1 pm, Saturday, August 29, 2015 at the Forsyth County agriculture building, 1450 Fairchild Road, Winston-Salem, NC. Food made with pawpaws will MORE »

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Dig It! The Secrets of Soil at the Museum of Natural SciencesTue Jul 28 - Tue Jul 28, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601
— 32 minutes away
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
— Tomorrow
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
— 2 days away
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
— 3 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
— 4 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
— 5 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
— 6 days away
Bats for Pest Control WorkshopMon Aug 3, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Where:
Silk Hope, NC
— 7 days away
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