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Compost Bin

Food residuals make
up 21% of waste. Instead of throwing it way, compost it into a valuable amendment for your soil.

Image by Danny Lauderdale[/caption] Food scraps and yard debris comprise 28 percent of the solid waste generated in the United States (U.S. EPA, 2011). Many people are surprised that the largest category of waste being thrown away is food residuals--over 21 percent of the total! Instead of discarding food waste down sink drains or in the garbage, you can easily turn it into a valuable soil amendment for your landscape, garden and lawn. (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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Compost Bin

Food residuals make
up 21% of waste. Instead of throwing it way, compost it into a valuable amendment for your soil.

Image by Danny Lauderdale[/caption] Food scraps and yard debris comprise 28 percent of the solid waste generated in the United States (U.S. EPA, 2011). Many people are surprised that the largest category of waste being thrown away is food residuals--over 21 percent of the total! Instead of discarding food waste down sink drains or in the garbage, you can easily turn it into a valuable soil amendment for your landscape, garden and lawn. (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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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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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 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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Fun with Muscadines for the Whole Family popular

I hope that these recent weeks have found you enjoying the brimming bounty, the juicy delight, the healthful wonder of the muscadine grape! Whether you eat the seeds or spit them, or crunch MORE »

Plant Diagnostic Workshop Set for October 7, 2016

The Plant Disease and Insect Clinic (PDIC) will conduct a hands-on workshop in plant disease diagnosis for NCCE Area Specialized Agents and County Agents. Date: Friday, October 7, 2016Time: 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Place: …

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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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Second Saturday - Seed the Corridor - Raleigh, NCSat Oct 8, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
Blount and Person Streets, from South Park through Downtown Raleigh and up to Mordecai
— 7 days away
Pollinator Garden TourWed Oct 12, 2016
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
— 2 weeks away
Pollinator Garden TourSat Oct 15, 2016
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
— 2 weeks away
Second Saturday - Seed the Corridor - Raleigh, NCSat Dec 10, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
Blount and Person Streets, from South Park through Downtown Raleigh and up to Mordecai
— 2 months away
Second Saturday - Seed the Corridor - Raleigh, NCSat Jan 14, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
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Second Saturday - Seed the Corridor - Raleigh, NCSat Feb 11, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
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— 4 months away
Second Saturday - Seed the Corridor - Raleigh, NCSat Mar 11, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
Blount and Person Streets, from South Park through Downtown Raleigh and up to Mordecai
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Second Saturday - Seed the Corridor - Raleigh, NCSat Apr 8, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
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— 6 months away
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