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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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NC Extension Master Gardener Logo

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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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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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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June Beetle Time!

It happened. As I was walking back from lunch my friend and I saw them, buzzing around like little fighter jets. These insects were not wasps, or flies, or dragonflies, but green June …

– from the   PDIC blog
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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Pollinator Garden TourWed Aug 10, 2016
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
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Second Saturday - Seed the Corridor - Raleigh, NCSat Aug 13, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
Blount and Person Streets, from South Park through Downtown Raleigh and up to Mordecai
— 3 weeks away
Pollinator Garden TourMon Aug 15, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
— 3 weeks 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 months away
Pollinator Garden TourWed Sep 14, 2016
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
— 2 months away
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
— 3 months away
Pollinator Garden TourWed Oct 12, 2016
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
— 3 months away
Pollinator Garden TourSat Oct 15, 2016
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
— 3 months away
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