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NC Cooperative Extension Cut Flower Portal

Cut Flower Portal

NC Cooperative Extension Cut Flower Portal[/caption] Comprehensive Cut flower information including new cultivar evaluation, production strategies, postharvest handling and more.

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NC Cooperative Extension Cut Flower Portal

Cut Flower Portal

NC Cooperative Extension Cut Flower Portal[/caption] Comprehensive Cut flower information including new cultivar evaluation, production strategies, postharvest handling and more.

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Soil and Site
Clean-up

        Compost your yard waste! As you cut back perennials in preparation for the winter, think about returning that bounty to your garden as compost.  Compost is nature’s favorite fertilizer and soil conditioner.  Recycle grass clippings, leaves and healthy (not diseased) garden refuse.          Use shredded leaves as mulch, Fallen leaves contain lots of nutrients, but they decompose slowly.  Help the process along by grinding up your leaves and using them in vegetable or flower gardens, rather than sending them to the dump.  Don’t have a shredder? Rake the leaves into rows and run over them with a mower, preferably one with a bagger attachment.         Be sure to rake up debris around and under rose bushes.  Black spot disease can overwinter in fallen leaves and appear next spring.         Now is also the time for site analysis! Walk around your yard, noting what need to be worked on, cleaned up or removed.  Mark these areas on a map of the yard so they can be worked on later this winter.

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Extension Gardener

Extension Gardener™ is a statewide horticultural program that provides timely, research-based horticultural information. It helps Carolinians: increase their gardening knowledge, manage their landscapes, and sustain the environment.

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Tips for October

This is the best time of the year to move plants.  If you have to dig and transplant a plant, make sure that you water the soil thoroughly to make digging possible.  Then you will have to water the plant regularly in its new location. Bulbs are typically planted in October.  Healthy bulbs from well-adapted plants can be planted in December or January.  Some spring-flowering bulbs are good choices for our landscapes.  In general, spring-flowering bulbs avoid the most drought-prone times of the year by going dormant in summer and early fall.         There is no need to fertilize dead grass and currently there isn’t enough moisture for new grass to get started.  This could change if you are under a rainstorm or two, but most people will need to hold off planting cool-season grass until warmer temperatures in the late winter or early spring.

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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 Lauderdale and Lucy Bradley is available on-line for free. Full of guidance on how MORE » – from   Gardening

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Floriculture InfoSearch

Floriculture InfoSearch is a powerful, but focused search engine designed to bring you floriculture information from the scientific literature, trade and association magazines/websites, NC State University, and the American Floral Endowment Floriculture Archive MORE »

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Veggie Varmint

The “Veggie Varmint” contest, hosted at the Burke County fair each year, is delightful, creative way to connect children with produce. Without the pressure to “EAT IT”, children (and adults) are encouraged to MORE »

Downy Mildew
Image by Gerald Holmes, courtesy of Bugwood

Downy Mildew

Downy mildew is here! Look on the tops of leaves for angular, yellow to brown wounds that stop at a leaf vein. Management suggestions: • Plant early in the season so you can MORE »

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Greenstriped Mapleworms

Greenstriped Mapleworms Greenstriped mapleworms are found in the piedmont the end of June and early July. As their name suggests their preferred hosts are maple trees, but they are also found on boxelder MORE »

Emerald Ash Borer 
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Emerald Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer, a beautiful but extremely destructive, exotic insect pest, has now been detected in North Carolina. These beetles kill ash trees by feeding on the trunks. So far Person, Granville, MORE »

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Residential Rain Garden WorkshopWed Oct 22, 2014
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Where:
Chatham County Extension Center, 65 E. Chatham St., Pittsboro
— 10 hours away
Residential Rain Garden Certification Thu Oct 23, 2014
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM Where:
Chatham County Cooperative Extension, 65 E. Chatham St., Pittsboro
— Tomorrow
Plantsmen's Tour - JCRA 2nd Tuesday of Month 1pm - RaleighTue Nov 11, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Where:
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
— 3 weeks away
Plantsmen's Tour - JCRA 2nd Tuesday of Month 1pm - RaleighTue Dec 9, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Where:
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
— 2 months away
Plantsmen's Tour - JCRA 2nd Tuesday of Month 1pm - RaleighTue Jan 13, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Where:
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
— 3 months away
Plantsmen's Tour - JCRA 2nd Tuesday of Month 1pm - RaleighTue Feb 10, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Where:
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
— 4 months away
Plantsmen's Tour - JCRA 2nd Tuesday of Month 1pm - RaleighTue Mar 10, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Where:
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
— 5 months away
Plantsmen's Tour - JCRA 2nd Tuesday of Month 1pm - RaleighTue Apr 14, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Where:
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
— 6 months away
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