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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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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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Growing Small Farms: Organic Gardening, Pest management, Photos, Events, Buyers guide, Pollinators, Bees, Pastured Poultry, Cover Crops and more!

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Image by Seth Nagy[/caption] Pest Alert: Leaf galls In the spring you have probably noticed unusual growths and bumps on leaves, especially on maples and oaks. These protective structures are called leaf galls. They form when an insect or mite tricks the plant into protecting the pest’s developing offspring. Leaf galls are a type of abnormal plant growth, typically caused by plant growth-regulating chemicals injected by the insect during egg-laying or produced by the developing insect. Usually the growth is so distinct that the insect or mite can be identified by the resulting gall. More than 2,000 different types of gall-forming insects occur in the United States. Galls can form on any part of the plant, not just leaves. Most are formed by gall wasps, gall midges, or gall mites. Less common gall producers are aphids, psyllids, and gall flies. Some galls are formed by bacteria, fungi, and nematodes. A leaf gall associated with white oak leaves is caused by the small wasp Neuroterus saltarius. The female’s ovipositor inserts an egg into the leaves. A gall forms on the leaf’s underside around the developing wasp. Once the gall has developed, it drops to the ground, where the insect completes development. Two common galls found on maples are eye spot leaf gall and bladder leaf gall—both caused by mites. Although leaf galls don’t cause problems and insect galls can be ignored, some bacterial and nematode galls do cause problems. If you observe weak growth or stress in a plant with galls, try to identify the gall and find the right treatment. Your county Extension center can help. Otherwise, just enjoy the wonder of Mother Nature. — Seth Nagy

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Listen to the Weeds .
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Image by Kathleen Moore[/caption] When weeds are present, it usually indicates something is missing from the growing conditions the turfgrass is experiencing. Recognizing the different kinds of weeds helps to unravel the mystery of what needs to be changed to achieve a healthy lawn. Too little nitrogen allows white clover, crabgrass, broomsedge, and speedwell to thrive. While the opposite, excess nitrogen from too much fertilizer, will yield annual bluegrass, chickweed, and ryegrass. Weeds that indicate you’re mowing too closely and too frequently include annual bluegrass, chickweeds, moss, pearlwort, and crabgrass. Soil conditions can also play a major role in weed development. If you have compacted soils, you’ll find these weed combinations: annual lespedeza, broadleaf plantain, goosegrass, prostrate knotweed, and prostrate spurge. With wet soils, lawns will have moneywort, pearlwort, liverwort, moss, and sedges as their weed indicators. In dry soil conditions, yellow woodsorrel, black medic, and bracted plantain are commonly found. Before mowing starts this spring, take time to see what types of weeds are present in your lawn. Continue to monitor the kinds of weeds that appear. Their presence will let you to know what changes need to happen to cultivate a dense and healthy lawn. — Jan McGuinn

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Dig it! The Secrets of Soil! popular

Dig It! The Secrets of Soil May 16–August 16, 2015 There are more living creatures in a shovelful of rich soil than there are people on the planet. Yet, more is known about 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 »

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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 »

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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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11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601
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8th Annual Pollinator Day CelebrationSat May 30, 2015
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
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11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601
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