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Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers

Since 1979, North Carolina Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers (EMGVs) have been leaders in this internationally acclaimed program, guiding homeowners in making environmentally sound decisions in their landscapes. Trained by North Carolina State University faculty and staff, EMGVs provide research-based information about gardening and environmental stewardship to individuals and communities across the state. EMGVs engage the community through education and outreach on a wide variety of subjects and through a broad spectrum of projects, all designed to maximize their impact.

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 …

Hanging tree limb

Pre-Fall Yard Cleanup

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

Applying Fungicide

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 …

Mulched Garden Bed

Mulching Your Garden Beds

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

Cover photo for Wasps at Porch Lights

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 …

Garden broccoli

Planting Cool Season Vegetables

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

Lawn spreader

Fertilize Your Summer Lawn

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

Dangling tree limb

Thunderstorms and Trees

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