Archive for the ‘Lawn and Garden’ Category

Almanac Gardener begins 31st season

Almanac Gardener, a weekly horticulture program of UNC-TV, began its 31st season on April 5. The weekly show features long-time host Mike Gray and N.C. Cooperative Extension horticulture agents sharing information and tips for home gardeners.

Poinsettia pointers

Pink poinsettias being tested by NCSU

Poinsettias remain a perennially popular holiday plant, both for gifts and decorations. But how do much water do they need? And how can you get them to flower again? Cooperative Extension at N.C. State University provides answers to these and other timely topics on its poinsettia portal at http://poinsettias.ces.ncsu.edu/.

Entomologist is State Fair’s giant pumpkin king

bacheler with the pumpkin

As an Extension entomologist at N.C. State University, Dr. Jack Bacheler helps folks grow crops without giving up too much to insects that feast on plants. This year, Bacheler himself has a gardening success story – he is the proud producer of the State Fair’s biggest pumpkin.

Guilford’s Great Tomato Festival offers 33 varieties for tasting

Hand holding and slicing tomato

This summer’s tomato season got off to a slow start, with cooler spring temperatures and heavier-than-normal rainfall. But that didn’t stop tomato lovers from turning out for the fourth annual Great Tomato Festival in Greensboro, organized by N.C. Cooperative Extension in Guilford County and N.C. A&T State University.

Workshops show urban farms how to utilize compost

New guidelines will allow urban farms and community gardens to compost up to 1,000 lbs. of food waste each week. Learn how to safely convert food waste to rich compost at two workshops — May 14 and June 17 — offered by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems.

Garden delights and highlights

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A new garden calendar from N.C. State University’s urban horticulture program highlights events, tours, workshops and conferences for beginners and pros taking place at Cooperative Extension centers, gardens, arboretums and other sites throughout the state.

Racing to stop the cankerworm

Undergraduate researcher Bobby Chanthammavong and technician Greg Bryant examine the remains of cankerworms stopped in their tracks by tape covered with a sticky paste. Without their efforts, the annoying pests might have killed the tree.

Controlling cankerworms is tricky, but on a foggy Friday, entomologist Steve Frank and his colleagues head out on their weekly mission: preventing the cankerworm, an annoying pest, from defoliating North Carolina’s urban deciduous trees. Read more in N.C. State University’s Bulletin.

N.C. State scientists work to stop the spread of boxwood blight

Boxwood blight defoliation

Since colonial days, the boxwood has been an important part of American gardens and landscapes. Research from N.C. State University is designed to help keep it that way, in spite of the threat to the plant posed by a disease new to the United States.

13th worm conference attracts 120

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Rhonda Sherman’s vermiculture conference attracted 120 people this year from around the U.S. and five other countries.

TV show nominated for two regional EMMYs

Simone Keith and Bryce Lane

N.C. State University’s television show, In the Garden with Bryce Lane, has been nominated for two regional EMMY® Awards. This is the third straight year of nominations for the show and brings the total number of the show’s Emmy nominations to five.

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