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Extension Gardener Newsletters Extension Gardener Newsletters[/caption] Subscribe to the Extension Gardener email listserv to receive notification when new editions of the newsletter have been posted to the Extension Gardener Portal . Extension Gardener is a quarterly newsletter written by horticultural experts across the state with regional editions focused on the North Carolina coastal plain, mountains, and piedmont.

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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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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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Potato late blight
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Potato Late
Blight

Both potatoes and tomatoes can quickly be defoliated by Phytophthora infestans, an oomycete active in wet cool conditions. In North Carolina disease damage occurs from June through the end of the season. Potato late blightimage by Howard F. Schwartz --bugwood[/caption] Management Strategies: Grow varieties known to be resistant to Potato late blight Use disease free seed potatoes Plant early to avoid disease Limit leaf wetness (water the soil, not the leaves, use drip irrigation, space plants to allow air circulations) Remove and discard infected plants More information and images.

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Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Butterflies in Your Backyard popular

New and improved and even better than before. “Butterflies in Your Backyard” has been updated and  re-released with a beautiful new cover.  Available for free online  (PDF version linked), it has wonderful information on North MORE »

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Lawns and Lawn AlternativesTue Aug 30, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Where:
Chatham Agriculture Building, 65 E. Chatham St., Pittsboro
— 3 days away
Lawns and Lawn AlternativesThu Sep 1, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Chatham County Agriculture Building, 65 E. Chatham St., Pittsboro
— 5 days away
Second Saturday - Seed the Corridor - Raleigh, NCSat Sep 10, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
Blount and Person Streets, from South Park through Downtown Raleigh and up to Mordecai
— 2 weeks away
Pollinator Gardening Workshop & Garden TourMon Sep 12, 2016
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
— 2 weeks away
Pollinator Garden TourWed Sep 14, 2016
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
— 3 weeks away
Pollinator Gardening Workshop & Garden TourSat Sep 17, 2016
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
— 3 weeks away
Pollinator Gardening Workshop & Garden TourTue Sep 20, 2016
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
— 3 weeks away
JC Raulston Arboretum's 40th Anniversary SymposiumFri Sep 23, 2016
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606, USA
— 4 weeks away
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