Featured stories and content

Potato late blight
image by Gerald Holmes--Bugwood

Potato Late

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.

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!


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


Extension Gardener

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.

NEWS View All
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 »

More News
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
— 4 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
More Events