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‘Almanac Gardener’ has economic emphasis during its 26th season

In April, the half-hour home horticultural program “Almanac Gardener” launched its 26th season. Telecast for 20 weeks from April through August, “Almanac Gardener” is one of the longest running series on UNC-TV and is a co-production of UNC-TV and NC Cooperative Extension at N.C. State University. Mike Gray, of NCSU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is host and co-producer of the program.

Gray’s regular Extension panelists include Karen Neill, Guilford County horticultural agent; Linda Blue, Buncombe County horticultural agent; Bill Lord, Franklin County environmental agent; Lucy Bradley, NCSU urban horticultural specialist; Stephen Greer, Forsyth County horticultural agent; Charlotte Glenn, Pender County horticultural agent, and Amy-Lynn Albertson, Davidson County horticultural agent.

With the stressful economy, a special emphasis this season has been on saving money by planting a vegetable garden and preparing fresh vegetables. “Almanac Gardener” is including features from The Produce Lady, Brenda Sutton, Rockingham County family and consumer sciences agent.

“Almanac Gardener” panelists will also continue to help viewers conserve water with tips on collecting and using rainwater for irrigation.

Field features this season include: “Starting a Spring Garden”, “Growing Spring Lettuce”, “Growing Broccoli”, “Growing Cabbage”, “Asheville Farmers Tailgate Market”, “Preparing Greens”, “Preparing Cabbage”, “Preparing Turnips”, Preparing Spring Greens”, “Preparing Sweet Potatoes”, “Water Independence/Going Off the Grid”, “Building Landscape Planting Beds to Conserve Water”, “Drought Tolerant Plants”, “Xeriscaping”, “Gardening for Exercise”, “ Reducing Stress by Using the Right Gardening Tools” and “Taming a Swarm of Bees.”

The show airs Saturdays at noon on the statewide UNC-TV network, with repeats at 11:30 a.m. on Sundays.