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Caring for Your Fall Mums

So you bought some mums this fall…. I mean why not, they are gorgeous!! They add so much color …

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November Garden Calendar

Plants in Flower Witch hazel camellias American beautyberry Hollies Nandinas Pyracantha Washington Hawthorne Fertilizing Use wood ashes around the vegetable garden, bulb beds, and non-acid loving plants …

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September/October Garden Calendar

Plants in Flower Helenium/Sneezeweed Japanese anemone Rose-of Sharon/Hardy hibiscus Butterfly bush Dahlia Bluebeard Canna Lily Tickseed Chrysanthemum Lavender Crocus White turtlehead Liriope Russian …

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Green Thumb Gazette Newsletter

We have a new horticulture newsletter that is being sent out each month that will help homeowners stay in-the-know …

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August Garden Calendar

Landscape Plants & Trees in Flower: Crapemyrtle Rose-of-Sharon Hydrangeas Canna* Dahlia Trumpet Creeper* Liriope Black eyed Susan Cosmos Zinnias Lantana Hyssop/agastache* Tickseed/coreopsis Joe-pye weed *Cari’s Favorites Blanket flower Passion flower Phlox Sedums Asters Beauty berry* Purple coneflower Rattlesnake master* Passion flower Mountain mint* Daylilies Mountain laurel Goldenrod Galax* Fertilizing: Strawberries …

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Weed of the Week

Anyone see these really tall and slender weeds as you are driving around town? Or maybe you have some …

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Weed of the Week

This week’s weed is nominated by B. Harper! Spotted spurge (Euphorbia maculata) is a native weed to all parts …

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July Garden Calendar

Fertilizing We recommend giving landscape plants a second (last) feeding of fertilizer. Planting Begin your fall vegetable garden this month, planting …


Weed of the Week

This week’s weed is carpetweed (Mollugo verticillata). I have been seeing a lot of this around lately in gardens …

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Weed of the Week

Since we missed some weed weeks, we will do three this week! Has anyone seen these guys climbing around? First off, …

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Weed of the Week

This week’s weed is Virginia copperleaf (Acalypha virginica L.) which is part of the spurge family. This upright summer …

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Weed of the Week

A weed for your Wednesday… This week’s weed is mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), a member of the Asteraceae/ daisy family. …

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Weed of the Week

This week’s weed is catchweed bedstraw (Galium aparine). Bedstraw is a prostrate (low and spreading) summer annual weed with …

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Tree Fruit Seminar

Come join us for a “peachy” seminar on how to grow tree fruit successfully here in North Carolina! NC …

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Alexander County Farmers Market

The Alexander County Farmers Market is starting back on Saturday, June 12, 2021, from 8 a.m.–noon! We will be located …

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Weed of the Week

This week’s weed is yellow nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus). Yellow nutsedge is a perennial weed that can spread quickly into …

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Weed of the Week

Hello friendly folk! We are going to be doing a weed of the week series! Starting off this week …

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Weed Management in Perennial Production

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Diseases of Cool-Season Grasses

This guide is designed to help identify the most troublesome diseases associated with cool-season turfgrasses. …

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A Gardener's Guide to Fertilizing Trees and Shrubs

This publication provides basic information on the nutrient needs of trees and shrubs, types of …

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Western North Carolina Planting Calendar for Annual Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs

In western North Carolina, almost any type of vegetable or fruit can be successfully grown …

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Appendix B. Pesticides and Pesticide Safety

This appendix from the Extension Gardener Handbook will help readers to understand the impact of …


Appendix A. Garden Journaling

This appendix from the Extension Gardener Handbook describes the value of garden journaling and different …

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1. Soils and Plant Nutrients

This Soils and Plant Nutrients Chapter from the Extension Gardener Handbook examines the physical and …