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NC Tree Identification

Trees of North Carolina A Free, On-Line Plant Identification tool Featuring native and naturalized trees of North Carolina. Includes images of bark, twigs, …

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Southeastern Vegetable Crop Handbook

Everything you need to know to successfully grow vegetables in the Southeast including: varieties, planting dates, fertilizer recommendations, cover …

Bryce Lane

Introduction to Plant Identification

The Path to Successful Gardening Six Week Course taught by Bryce Lane NCSU Professor & Lecturer Emeritus, Dept. of Horticultural Science Location JC Raulston …

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2015 Native Plant Conference

Scholarships are available for student/ beginning professional/ K-12 educators to attend the 2015 Cullowhee Native Plant Conference, July 15-18, …

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Asparagus - Grow It, Eat It!

Versatile asparagus is a nutritional powerhouse that pairs well with fish, beef, shrimp, veal, chicken, and pasta, but is …

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Hard Freeze Predicted for Much of the State

Protect tender plants and newly set fruit from freezing temperatures! Tips for Protecting your plants More Detailed Weather Information What to Do Cover frost …

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Choosing and Using Edible Flowers

Enjoy the Flavor, Color, and Texture That Flowers Can Bring to Food. “Choosing and Using Edible Flowers” by Cyndi …

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42,000,000+ Households Gardening

According to a study conducted by the National Gardening Association in 2014 more than 42 million households will grow a …

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Support Native Pollinators

Identify Native Bees Attract them to you backyard Learn to build a bee house Elsa Youngsteadt’s Top 5 reasons to garden for native …

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Storm Damage to Trees

Recent snow and ice storms have caused extensive damage to trees. Consider hiring a certified arborist to help assess …

Recent Publications related to Agriculture & Food

Pole Bean Production

Pole beans are grown commercially in the mountain counties and, on a limited scale, in …

Planting Rate Recommendations for Organic Soybean Producers

For organic soybean producers increased seeding rates improve early soybean canopy density, which shades out …

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Figure 1. A backyard greenhouse.

A Small Backyard Greenhouse for the Home Gardener

This publication presents plans and instructions for an easily constructed greenhouse that costs approximately $100 …

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The Economic Impact of North Carolina's Shellfish Mariculture Industry

Factsheet summarizing the economic impact of North Carolina's shellfish mariculture industry.

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Phorid Flies

Phorid flies are small flies that breed in moist, decaying organic matter and can be …

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Proper Postharvest Cooling and Handling Methods

This publication provides information on cooling basics, common produce cooling methods and other steps for …

Packaging Requirements for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

This publication describes types of packaging for fresh fruits and vegetables, including each packaging's functions, …

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Spotted Lanternfly

This factsheet offers information on the biology and management of the spotted lanternfly, an invasive …