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Seedlings under light

Start seeds for fall
planting

In July and August, start seeds indoors for cool-weather annuals for fall planting.  Try foxglove, pansy, alyssum, snapdragons, ornamental cabbage (kale) and prim roses. Pansy seeds germinate well when stored in the refrigerator (not freezer) for 10 to 14 days before planting.

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Seedlings under light

Start seeds for fall
planting

In July and August, start seeds indoors for cool-weather annuals for fall planting.  Try foxglove, pansy, alyssum, snapdragons, ornamental cabbage (kale) and prim roses. Pansy seeds germinate well when stored in the refrigerator (not freezer) for 10 to 14 days before planting.

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To find NCSU resources when doing a web search, tack “site:.ncsu.edu” to the end of your search. For example “Kudzu Bug site:.ncsu.edu” This will limit the search to items within the ncsu.edu domain. You can search all Universities by using "site:.edu

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Lilac leaf with powdery mildew

Dealing with powdery
mildew

Hot, dry weather favors powdery mildew. It is typically not fatal to woody ornamentals but can make them look bad. Consider replacing susceptible plants with resistant varieties.

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Field of flowers

Prolong the flowering
period

Remove spent blossoms to prolong the flowering period.  The plant puts energy into the blossom to attract a pollinator.  Once the fruits/seeds begins to develop the plant no longer needs pollinators or flowers so all the energy goes into the fruits/seeds.  By removing the spent flower, you prevent the fruit/seed from developing and the plant has to start the reproductive cycle over with a new flower.

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Plants Pests and Pathogens at 10 a.m. June 24, 2014 popular

The June Plants Pests and Pathogens webinar will start at 10:00 tomorrow, Tuesday, June 24. The featured presentation is “Attracting Songbirds to your Garden” from Chris Moorman, Coordinator of the Fisheries, Wildlife, & MORE »

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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 »

Porcupine with a sweet potato body and green bean spines.

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
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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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High Tunnel WorkshopMon Aug 11, 2014
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
— 3 weeks away
Plantsmen's Tour - JCRA 2nd Tuesday of Month 1pm - RaleighTue Aug 12, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Where:
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
— 3 weeks away
Pollinator Garden TourWed Aug 13, 2014
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
— 3 weeks away
National Honeybee Day CelebrationSat Aug 16, 2014
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Where:
Old Waynesborough Park, U.S. 117 Alternate, Goldsboro, NC, United States
— 3 weeks away
Plantsmen's Tour - JCRA 2nd Tuesday of Month 1pm - RaleighTue Sep 9, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Where:
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
— 2 months away
Pollinator Garden TourWed Sep 10, 2014
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
— 2 months away
Pollinator Garden TourWed Oct 8, 2014
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
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Plantsmen's Tour - JCRA 2nd Tuesday of Month 1pm - RaleighTue Oct 14, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Where:
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
— 3 months away
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