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Extension's Gardening Portal at NC State University provides access to a wealth of information, events and resources for gardeners in North Carolina.  Managed by the State Urban Horticulture Specialist and Cooperative Extension Horticulture Agents throughout the state, it is your doorway to guidance about successfully growing vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers and ornamentals in your landscape.

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Plants in Flower Trumpet Creeper, Phlox, Butterfly Weed, Daylily, Red Hot Poker, Rose-of-Sharon, Sourwood, Crapemyrtle, Stewartia, St. John’s Wort, Abelia, Peegee Hydrangea, Chaste-Tree, Canna, Dahlia, Shasta Daisy and summer annuals. Fertilizing Continue sidedressing your garden vegetables. July is the month we recommend giving landscape plants a second (last) feeding of fertilizer. Take soil samples form your lawn areas for testing. Soil boxes are available at the County Extension Center. Planting Plants of brussel sprouts and collards can be set out in mid-July. You can begin your fall vegetable garden this month. Plant beans, carrots,brussels sprouts, and tomatoes in July. Start broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower plants in peat pots to transplant into the vegetable garden in mid-August. Begin repotting overgrown houseplants. Pruning Prune “bleeder” trees like maple, dogwood, birch and elm this month. Prune the fruiting canes of raspberry and blackberry plants after harvest is over. Cut canes at ground level. Prune off dieback limbs on hybrid rhododendron, azalea, mountain laurel, and blueberry. Trim hedges as needed. Continue pruning white pines and narrowleaf evergreens like juniper early in the month. Remove faded flowers on flowering perennials to encourage a second flowering. Pinch your chrysanthemums the first week only! Do NOT prune spring flowering shrubs now. Spraying Spray the following landscape shrubs for the following insect pests: arborvitae (bagworms), azalea and pyracantha (lace bug). Spray for Japanese beetles as needed. Continue with rose spray program. Spray your tree fruits and bunch grapes on a regular basis. Spray the following vegetables if insects are observed: cucumber (cucumber beetle), squash (aphids), tomato and eggplant (flea beetle). Spray woody weeds like poison ivy, honeysuckle and kudzu with a recommended herbicide. Lawn Care Remember to change direction when moving your lawn. Travel north to south on one mowing and east to west on the next cutting. Continue feeding your zoysia lawn with fertilizer. Do NOT give tall fescue or bluegrass lawns any fertilizer this month. Maintain 3″ mowing height. Propagation This month is still a great time to take semi-hardwood cuttings of azaleas, holly, rhododendron and many other shrubs. July is an ideal time to divide and transplant your iris and daylilies. Specific Chores July is a good month to see if and where your home can use some additional shade trees. Blossom-end rot may be seen on tomatoes this month. Two factors – too little water and too little lime in the soil – may be the reason. In dry weather, both your vegetable garden and landscape plants will benefit from a good soaking watering. Slow watering will penetrate the root zone better. Apply 1″ of water early in the day.


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Alexander Junior Livestock Show

The 2016 Alexander Junior Livestock Show will be held Saturday, August 27 at H&H Arena.  The show is open to 4-H and FFA members from the following counties:  Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Caldwell, Catawba, MORE »

Quality Hay Making Tips

Set baler pickup tines about one inch above the ground. This helps prevent contaminating the hay with dirt, which raises ash percentages and reduces digestibility. Baler wear and tear caused by picking up MORE »

4-H Mini Garden

It is time to sign up for Mini Garden. If you would like to participate in the Mini Garden Program please call the 4-H Center by Friday, April 15. Seeds will be available MORE »


4-H Summer Opportunities

Alexander 4-H Summer Opportunities Calendar is now available.  Lots of fun events have been planned and we look forward to spending the summer with your youth.  If you have any questions please call MORE »

A New 4-H Horse Club

We are excited to announce that we are offering a new horse club for 4-H’ers. Denise Vick, of Alexander County, has opened up her equine facility for 4-H’ers who have an interest in MORE »

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Livestock Club MeetingMon Aug 1, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
376 1st Avenue SW, Taylorsville, NC 28681
— 5 days away
Shooting Sports MeetingMon Aug 8, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM— 2 weeks away
Alexander Beekeepers MeetingMon Aug 8, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Where:
376 1st Avenue SW, Taylorsville, NC 28681
— 2 weeks away
Working Forest Summit 4Wed Aug 10, 2016
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM Where:
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 NC-49, Concord, NC 28025, USA
— 2 weeks away
Webinar - Assessing Sustainability for Agricultural and Urban ForestsThu Aug 11, 2016
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Where:
— 2 weeks away
Cornerstone CloversMon Aug 15, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
376 1st Avenue SW, Taylorsville, NC 28681
— 3 weeks away
Livestock Club MeetingMon Sep 5, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
376 1st Avenue SW, Taylorsville, NC 28681
— 1 month away
Shooting Sports MeetingMon Sep 12, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM— 2 months away
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