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Harold Johnson

Award-Winning Radio
Show and Podcast from EMGVs

Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Harold Johnson is the radio show host of Getting Dirty in Your Garden.[/caption] Extension Master Gardener Volunteers produce an award-winning syndicated radio show and podcast. Our stories explore gardening in our region, the intersection of horticulture and innovation, and the people who are leading the way. Visit Our Site Donate to Support Our Program!

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Harold Johnson

Award-Winning Radio
Show and Podcast from EMGVs

Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Harold Johnson is the radio show host of Getting Dirty in Your Garden.[/caption] Extension Master Gardener Volunteers produce an award-winning syndicated radio show and podcast. Our stories explore gardening in our region, the intersection of horticulture and innovation, and the people who are leading the way. Visit Our Site Donate to Support Our 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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Potato late blight
image by Gerald Holmes--Bugwood

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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Extension Gardener
Newsletter

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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Tomato Late Blight
image by Gerald Holmes - Bugwood

Tomato Late
Blight

Phytophthora infestans is the oomycete responsible for both Tomato Late Blight and Potato Late Blight and was the cause of the 1840 Irish Potato famine. Tomato Late Blightimage by Margaret McGrath, Cornell Bugwood[/caption] It also attacks other members of the solanacea family including petunia and nightshade affecting all above-ground portions of the plant. Symptoms appear first on the younger leaves as irregularly shaped lesions and white cottony growth on the underside of the leaf. Cool (nights in the 50s-60s and days in the 80s), wet weather and clouds provide optimal conditions for the disease. Tomato Late Blightimage by Gerald Holmes - Bugwood[/caption] Management Grow resistant varieties Plant early in the season Prevent water from staying on leaves Remove infected leaves, fruit, plants, and weeds .

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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
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Lawns and Lawn AlternativesThu Sep 1, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Chatham County Agriculture Building, 65 E. Chatham St., Pittsboro
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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:
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Pollinator Garden TourWed Sep 14, 2016
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
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Pollinator Gardening Workshop & Garden TourSat Sep 17, 2016
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
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Pollinator Gardening Workshop & Garden TourTue Sep 20, 2016
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
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JC Raulston Arboretum's 40th Anniversary SymposiumFri Sep 23, 2016
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM Where:
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