Archive for the ‘Lawn and Garden’ Category

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.

In Lee County, Extension supports tornado recovery

Sen. Richard Burr with extension staff

On April 16, Seth Holt was working on his farm in Lee County, when he saw a dark cloud headed his way. Holt, a Lee County agricultural Extension agent, took shelter from what turned out to be a major thunderstorm on his farm. But later he realized how lucky he had been when he saw the devastation that tornadoes had done to his county.

Agriculture agents receive communications awards

vegetable greens in garden

A North Carolina Cooperative Extension agriculture agent and an agent team have received communications awards from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. Shawn Banks of Johnston County won first place in the feature story category. A team of agents in the Successful Gardener program won in the fact sheet category.

‘Almanac Gardener’ resumes on WUNC-TV

Mike Gray

“Almanac Gardener” resumes its run on WUNC-TV on June 18. Taking viewers through the finer points of garden planning, maintenance and blooming innovation, the show features Mike Gray and fellow experts from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

‘Almanac Gardener’ enters 28th season

Mike Gray

Whether you’d like to cultivate a window box of flowers, a backyard patch of vegetables or an acre full of healthy grasses, join Almanac Gardener’s Mike Gray as he and his fellow Cooperative Extension experts take viewers through the finer points of garden planning, maintenance and blooming innovation.

Nursery collaborates with N.C. State to solve production challenges

Jill and John Hoffman

From its greenhouses and farm in Rougemont, Hoffman Nursery sells ornamental and native grass liners — or starter plants — wholesale to customers all across the United States and Canada. But when the company’s owners need solutions to production problems, they frequently look much closer to home — to the agricultural research and Extension experts at N.C. State University.

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