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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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Hybrid Crape Myrtle

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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lettuce oct

*March Edibles*

Planting        It's time to plant cool weather crops.  In the piedmont, as soon as the soil can be worked, plant lettuce, mustard greens, sugar snap peas, radishes, onions, potatoes, spinach and cole crops.  If a ball of soil crumbles after being squeezed in your fist, the soil is workable. Transplant cabbage, broccoli and other members of the cabbage family now.  Protect them from temperatures below 20° F. In the mountains, mid-March is a good time to start tomato transplants indoors for planting in the early May.         Asparagus spears should be making an appearance in the next couple of weeks. Pest Control   Pest control for peaches and apples is critical in the period right after blooming, check the Disease and Insect Managment in the Home Orchard guide for details.. Pruning:        There is still time to finish pruning grape vines.  They may drip sap, but that isn’t a problem.  Prune roses by removing all but 4 to 6 canes.  Cut above an outward facing bud.

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honeybee Mar

*Inviting Bees to
Your Landscape*

       Bees are very important not only to agriculture (they pollinate about 75 % of fruits, vegetables and nuts species around the world), they are also very important to many flowering plants.  About 70 % of flowering plants rely on insects for pollination, bees being one of the more important pollinators.  Your landscape can benefit greatly from attracting bees.         Consider placing a block for orchard mason bees in your landscape.  Orchard mason bees pollinate spring fruit trees, flowers and vegetables.  They are non-aggressive and one may observe them at a close range without fear of being stung.  Directions for making a block from scrap lumber can be found on the NC State Website at http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/notes/Other/note109/note109.html        Ground dwelling bees will be showing up soon around the coastal plains and most in the piedmont and foothills a week or so later.  They may scare people but they are non-aggressive and beneficial for pollination. Remember, don’t spray with insecticides plants that are blooming.

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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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