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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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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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*Edibles in
February*

You can start  pruning dormant fruit trees in February.  After pruning consider spraying with a dormant oil to kill over-wintering insects. Grape vines can also be pruned this month.  Remember that fruit buds can only form on one-year old canes (canes that grew last spring).         February is a good month to start tomato, pepper and eggplant seeds indoors.  Wait until 3 or 4 weeks before the 90% frost-free date to start cucumbers, melon and squash.  Starting seeds indoors is easy and economical.  It is not necessary to use grow lights, as ordinary fluorescent lights will usually be enough for seedlings.  For more information on starting seeds in your home read “Starting Plants from Seeds,”

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*Pruning Ornamentals*

        Lightly prune boxwoods during late February.  If you haven’t pruned your butterfly bush, do so during this month. Prune summer bushes like butterfly bush, abelia, hibiscus, hydrangea, beautyberry, althea, rose of Sharon, and bush roses to encourage new growth.  They bloom only on new growth and hard pruning in the winter will encourage new growth in the spring.         Cut back dormant ornamental grasses or grass-like ornamentals such as liriope and mondo grass to remove last year’s unsightly foliage.  If clumps have become too big for the area, divide them and share with friends or plant in other areas of the yard.         Remove any old camellia blooms  and pick up and dead blooms off the ground to prevent spreading petal blight. Finish cleaning up any seedheads left for the birds in the perennial garden.  Cut back old foliage on most perennials with the exception of lantana, verbena, salvia and anything with a hollow stem that extends in to the ground.  Wait until March to cut those back.

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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
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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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Growing In Place Symposium - Natural Learning Initiative - RaleighThu Mar 5, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM Where:
Marbles Museum, 201 East Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
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10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
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— 1 week away
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