Archive for the ‘Lawn and Garden’ Category

Swain County Farmers Market takes off, thanks in part to Extension Master Gardener’s leadership

Mike Glover and heritage chicken

For years, organizers of the Swain County Farmers Market struggled to get vendors and customers, but an enthusiastic Master Gardener volunteer helped the market blossom in 2011 with a new location, new vendors and new customers.

Cabarrus Master Gardeners welcome spring with a festival of earthly delights

Plant and Herb Festival

In Cabarrus County, nothing heralds spring like the Plant and Herb Festival that Master Gardeners hold each year at the Piedmont Farmers Market in Concord. More than 70 vendors and 4,000 visitors are expected at this year’s event, which takes place Saturday April 14.

Guilford County Master Gardeners grow a community gardening network

Charlie's Garden entrance

When interest in community gardening began to spike a few years ago, Master Gardeners in Guilford County created a network that gives leaders of such gardens a way to connect with and learn from others while taking advantage of the wealth of gardening information available through Cooperative Extension.

Right as rain

Rain garden installation

When it comes to lessening the effects of water pollution, residential and commercial rain gardens are becoming increasingly popular in North Carolina, thanks in large part to N.C. State University and its Cooperative Extension Service.

“In the Garden” nominated for regional EMMY awards

Bryce Lane

The N.C. State University TV program “In the Garden with Bryce Lane” has been nominated for two regional EMMY® Awards.

Pollinator garden shows off fall color

Debbie Roos

As the sun sets on a bright October day in Chatham County, Agricultural Extension Agent Debbie Roos leads a group of 10 on a tour of the Pollinator Paradise Garden at Chatham Mills, a renovated facility that is home to the Chatham Marketplace cooperative and other clients. Roos hosts the monthly tours throughout the garden’s growing season, and each month, the garden is different, she says.

Produce grown in flooded gardens poses food safety risks

Flooded garden

Produce grown in gardens that were submerged by floodwaters during or after Hurricane Irene can pose a health risk. A new food safety info sheet from North Carolina Extension explains the risks and what you can do to avoid getting sick.

Master Gardeners offer custom license plate

N.C. Master Gardeners Volunteer Association and N.C. State University have partnered to develop a North Carolina Master Gardener license plate. Legislation approving the new custom license plate was approved this summer by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Bev Perdue.

Vermicomposting conference offered in October

Rhonda with worms

North America’s only symposium on mid-to-large scale vermiculture and vermicomposting is coming to Chapel Hill Oct. 10-12. Get the tools you need to start or expand your earthworm or vermicompost production operation. And learn about the latest research on the effects of vermicompost and extracts (tea) on plant growth and on disease and pest reduction. The conference agenda is available at www.bae.ncsu.edu/workshops/worm-conference/agenda.php.

Container gardening in the piedmont is topic of new publication

Container gardening

You can grow and harvest vegetables, fruits, and herbs in the piedmont of North Carolina practically year-round. A new Cooperative Extension calendar shows you how.

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