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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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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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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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Resources

Quick Links to featured NC Cooperative Extension resources for Gardeners

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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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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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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 »

Paw Paw Sign

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
— 3 hours 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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