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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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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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Coastal Planting Guide

Native Plants for
Coastal North Carolina Landscapes

http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/plantbiology/ncsc/Coastal_Planting_Guide.pdf Funded by the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation and developed through a collaboration between the US Fish & Wildlife Service and researchers at the North Carolina State University Herbarium, as well as numerous partners, including the Beach Vitex Task Force, the North Carolina, Aquarium, and Sea Grant. To request a hard copy, please contact:Dale Suiter (USFWS) http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/plantbiology/ncsc/Coastal_Planting_Guide.pdf[/caption]

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Certify your
Pollinator Garden

The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Register your pollinator friendly garden, large or small. Even a container garden can serve pollinators. www.millionpollinatorgardens.org Pollinator gardening 1. Use plants that provide pollen and nectar. 2. Provide a water source, such as a small water garden or bird bath. 3. Situate your pollinator garden in a sunny site with a wind break. 4. Select a wide variety of plants to ensure there are flowers throughout the season. 5. Do not use pesticides near your pollinator plants. Select Plants that Attract Pollinators Planting guides Pollinator Conservation Guide

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Boxwood Blight Active Again

After a lull of several months, samples of suspected boxwood blight have been coming to the NCSU Plant Disease and Insect Clinic (PDIC) over the course of the last month. Just this week …

– from the   PDIC blog
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Protect your Backyard Chickens popular

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 popular

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

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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EVENTS View All
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
— 3 days away
Pollinator Garden TourWed Sep 9, 2015
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
480 Hillsboro St, Pittsboro, NC 27312, USA
— 4 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
— 6 days 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
— 2 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
— 2 weeks away
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