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NC Extension Gardener Handbook

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This national award-winning book was developed especially for Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers and home gardeners and is a primary source for research-based information on gardening and landscaping successfully in the southeast. The Extension Gardener handbook is a fundamental reference for any seasoned gardener, but it is written so clearly, it also appeals to beginners just getting their hands dirty. It explains the “why and how” basics for every gardening subject from soils and composting to vegetable gardening and wildlife management. Advice on garden design, preparation, and maintenance for all types of plantings including lawns, ornamentals, fruits, trees, and containers.

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This 728-page, 8.5 X 11″, hardback handbook also provides practical tools like 1,067 color images, detailed graphics, 109 tables including 5 diagnostic tables, case studies, frequently asked questions, and specific management strategies for insects, diseases, weeds, and other pests. Written by a team of the state’s leading horticulture experts, it contains a wealth of information to support you in creating and managing thriving gardens, lawns, and landscapes. This is an essential book for serious gardeners in North Carolina and the southeast.

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