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Fall Gardens and
Planting in the Fall

        Fall is a good season for planting.  The cool weather permits the establishment of a root system before next year’s hot weather.  In most cases, watering plants at the time of planting will be all the water they will need to get through the winter.  Just remember, come spring and summer, they will need more water if it doesn’t rain.          Fall is also an ideal time for planting many trees and shrubs.  The roots will continue to grow some in the soil, giving them a jumpstart over plants that will be planted in the spring.  Late fall can also be a great time to plant trees and shrubs as they don’t need as much water during this time of the year and will become established before next year’s growing season.  Now through early February is an ideal time to plant deciduous trees, shrubs and perennials, while evergreens can be planted through November.  November is also a good time to plant spring-flowering bulbs.  These bulbs can be planted without water, as nature should hopefully provide the limited amount of water they will need.         In addition to planting, fall can also be a good time to move plants around the yard.  Moving plants in the fall reduces the amount of transplant shock the plant will go through.  If the plant is evergreen, remember that it still needs to be watered so it doesn’t dry out and die.  Always allow adequate space for plants to grow to their mature size.  A common mistake is placing a large or fast-growing plant where there is not enough room for its full height and spread.  When this happens you will spend your entire time pruning in an attempt to keep the plant a size nature never intended it to be.  Find out how large a plant can be expected to grow and then place them where they can fulfill their potential.

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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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Which Flowers Are Edible?

Flowers are more than just a colorful addition to your landscape. Flowers are an important food source for pollinators such as honeybees and some varieties are also edible to people. You can liven MORE » – from   Chatham County Center

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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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Fall Is For PlantingTue Nov 4, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Chatham County Extension Center, 65 East Chatham St., Pittsboro
— 4 days away
Fall Is For PlantingWed Nov 5, 2014
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Where:
Chatham County Extension Center, 65 East Chatham St., Pittsboro
— 4 days away
Plantsmen's Tour - JCRA 2nd Tuesday of Month 1pm - RaleighTue Nov 11, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Where:
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
— 1 week away
Plantsmen's Tour - JCRA 2nd Tuesday of Month 1pm - RaleighTue Dec 9, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Where:
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
— 1 month away
Plantsmen's Tour - JCRA 2nd Tuesday of Month 1pm - RaleighTue Jan 13, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Where:
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
— 2 months away
Plantsmen's Tour - JCRA 2nd Tuesday of Month 1pm - RaleighTue Feb 10, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Where:
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
— 3 months away
Plantsmen's Tour - JCRA 2nd Tuesday of Month 1pm - RaleighTue Mar 10, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Where:
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
— 4 months away
Plantsmen's Tour - JCRA 2nd Tuesday of Month 1pm - RaleighTue Apr 14, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Where:
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
— 5 months away
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