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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™ 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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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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New Video: Gardening When Deer Live Nearby

Enjoy this excellent new 20 minute video on strategies for coexisting with deer in the landscape. Lois Chatham and Sara Haigh, Extension Master Gardener Volunteers in Dare County,  identify deer resistant plants and strategies to keep deer MORE » – from   Gardening

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New Video on Gardening on The Outer Banks

Check out this outstanding new video by Extension Master Gardener Volunteers in Dare County! Kudos to Shannon Brooks and her whole team, especially EMGV Barbara Koeblin, the media talent for this 23 minute episode MORE » – from   Gardening

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New Edition of Extension Gardener Posted popular

Check out the latest edition of the Extension Gardener Newsletter Winter 2016! https://extensiongardener.ces.ncsu.edu/extgardener-our-latest-issue/ Congratulations and thank you to Managing Editor Shawn Banks, Regional Editors Randy Fulk, Donna Teasley and Sam Marshall and Katy MORE »

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What Is Wrong With My Basil Plant?

If you’re planning to make pesto from your summer basil crop, do it sooner rather than later. This is because basil downy mildew, a fungal disease that attacks basil leaves, is now active MORE »

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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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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 harvest MORE »

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Low Maintenance LandscapingSun Feb 14, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
Greensboro Arboretum, 401 Ashland Dr, Greensboro, NC 27403, United States
— 2 days away
Totally Tomatoes - From Seed to SandwichesWed Feb 17, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
High Point Public Library, 901 N Main St, High Point, NC 27262, United States
— 5 days away
Totally Tomatoes - All About our Favorite FruitWed Feb 17, 2016
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr, Greensboro, NC 27410, United States
— 5 days away
Blueberry ProductionThu Feb 18, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
Rockingham County Agricultural Center 525 NC 65 Reidsville, NC 27320
— 6 days away
Totally Tomatoes - All About our Favorite FruitSun Feb 21, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
Greensboro Arboretum, 401 Ashland Dr, Greensboro, NC 27403, United States
— 1 week away
Beneficial Insects: It's a Bug-Eat-Bug WorldMon Feb 22, 2016
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr, Greensboro, NC 27410, United States
— 1 week away
Shiitake Mushroom Inoculation WorkshopTue Feb 23, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Rockingham County High School, 180 High School Rd, Reidsville, NC 27320, United States
— 2 weeks away
Shiitake Mushroom Inoculation WorkshopTue Feb 23, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Rockingham County High School, 180 High School Rd, Reidsville, NC 27320, United States
— 2 weeks away
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