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Fall Clean-up

       First and foremost, cleanup and throw away any diseased plant material. Leaving diseased plant material on your plants or on the grounds provides a source for re-infection for next year.         Continue to rake leaves off the lawn.  Consider using raked fallen leaves as mulch around trees, shrubs or in flowerbeds.  Shredded leaves break down quicker and don’t blow around as much.  You can run your lawn mower over leaves to shred them before putting them in your flowerbeds.  Also consider placing shredded leaves in your compost pile or using a mulching bladed to chop leaves up and re-distribute them back onto your lawn.          Leaves aren’t the only things that can go in a compost pile.  As you cut back perennials and pile up other non-diseased garden refuse in preparation for the winter, return that bounty to your garden in the form of compost.  Compost is nature’s favorite fertilizer and soil conditioner. For information on how to compost: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/pdf/ag-467.pdf         A couple reminders: make sure pesticides are properly stored for the winter (follow label instructions).  An insulated building is enough for most pesticides, but a few should stay above freezing. Run all the gas out of small engines before storing for the winter as this will keep deposits from forming in the carburetor and will prevent hassles next spring.

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fallleaves nov

Fall Clean-up

       First and foremost, cleanup and throw away any diseased plant material. Leaving diseased plant material on your plants or on the grounds provides a source for re-infection for next year.         Continue to rake leaves off the lawn.  Consider using raked fallen leaves as mulch around trees, shrubs or in flowerbeds.  Shredded leaves break down quicker and don’t blow around as much.  You can run your lawn mower over leaves to shred them before putting them in your flowerbeds.  Also consider placing shredded leaves in your compost pile or using a mulching bladed to chop leaves up and re-distribute them back onto your lawn.          Leaves aren’t the only things that can go in a compost pile.  As you cut back perennials and pile up other non-diseased garden refuse in preparation for the winter, return that bounty to your garden in the form of compost.  Compost is nature’s favorite fertilizer and soil conditioner. For information on how to compost: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/pdf/ag-467.pdf         A couple reminders: make sure pesticides are properly stored for the winter (follow label instructions).  An insulated building is enough for most pesticides, but a few should stay above freezing. Run all the gas out of small engines before storing for the winter as this will keep deposits from forming in the carburetor and will prevent hassles next spring.

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Fall Preparation for
Next Year's Garden

          Now is a good time to check your garden journal and find out what worked and what didn’t and start making plans for next year!  This is also a good time to do a soil test in order to have plenty of time to plan your spring fertilization.         If you are planning a cool season lawn, apply a quick-release fertilizer such as 10-10-10 around Thanksgiving.  Remember to put no more than 1 lb of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn.         If blossom-end rot plagued your tomato crop this growing season, the soil pH could be low.  Lime is slow acting, so apply lime to next year’s tomato bed now.

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Please take our quick online survey to share with us how we can improve Extension Gardener and help you become a more successful and sustainable gardener. Take the survey: http://go.ncsu.edu/extensiongardenersurvey  The survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete. It asks questions about how you have used Extension Gardener information, how Extension Gardener can better meet your needs, and about your garden and gardening practices. The survey was developed using NCSU's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) survey builder tool, and will be available through 11:59pm, November 28, 2014. All responses are anonymous and you may opt out of any questions you prefer not to answer. Your time and thoughtful feedback are greatly appreciated!

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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 »

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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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