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Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel'

Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel'

Hibiscus ‘Midnight Marvel’ (Rose Mallow) is a hybrid cultivar that doesn’t fit into any one species. It is the …

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Pre-Fall Yard Cleanup

In my yard there are a few trees in the back yard that I can see with some dead …

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Pre-Fall Lawn Tips

It has been almost two weeks since I’ve been able to mow my lawn. I’m sure the neighbors think …

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Have You Seen Thickhead in Your Garden?

No, I’m not talking about your brother-in-law. Thickhead or redflower ragleaf (Crassocephalum crepidioides) is an introduced weed that I’m …

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Mulching Your Garden Beds

How was farming possible in the thousands of years before the use of commercial fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides? You …

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Wasps at Porch Lights

In recent weeks we’ve been getting a lot of messages regarding large wasps coming to porch lights. In all …

Vegetable Garden

Vegetable Crop Rotation Tips

If you have a vegetable garden or otherwise grow annual plants, a one-time proven cultural method for preventing disease …

Black Eyed Susan

Drought Tolerant Black Eyed Susan

A native plant selection, Black Eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta is technically an annual plant starting from seed each year in the …

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Planting Cool Season Vegetables

Something most people don’t realize is that many of the crops we call “cool season” vegetables are actually biannual …

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Fertilize Your Summer Lawn

When it comes to lawns, in our area we grow warm season grasses. They should probably be called hot …

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Thunderstorms and Trees

It’s worth mentioning that with the heat comes severe thunderstorms. This means strong winds that can break off dead …

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Signs of Heat Exhaustion

It’s acutely hot outside during the month of July and not something to be trifled with. I was reminded …

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Summer Lawn Mowing Tips

If we keep getting rain a couple times each week, we shouldn’t have to run the irrigation system to …

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Donate Your Extra Produce

Share your garden harvest on Saturdays for those in need. “Plant It Forward” as summer vegetables are ripe for the …

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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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Appendix B. Pesticides and Pesticide Safety

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

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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 …

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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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This factsheet provides instructions on how to properly care for carpetgrass year round. It also …

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North Carolina's native plants provide well-adapted food and cover for the state's wildlife. This publication …

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