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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.

Japanese Beetle, William Fountain, University of Kentucky, Bugwood.org

June Insects in the Garden

There are a whole host of insects that might be found on trees and shrubs at this time of …

Vegetable Container Gardening

Vegetable Container Gardening

With food costs rising these days, it might be worth planting a few vegetables in a garden, the landscape, …

Azalea branch and stem

Reshaping Azaleas After Flowering

In another video of Extension Gardener on the Crystal Coast, Shawn Banks, discusses how to reshape azaleas that have …

Strawberry plant

Local U-Pick Strawberries

If you’re anticipating filling a basket full of freshly picked red berries, you’ll be happy to know strawberry season …

Soil Sample Box and Form

Spring Soil Samples

**It’s non-peak soil testing season April through Thanksgiving which means no fee. Submit your soil samples to the N.C. …

Squash vine borer larvae

Trick to Prevent Insect Damage

I didn’t realize until I was looking up gardening holidays that April 14 is National Gardening Day. In our …

photo of foliage, thick stems rooting at the nodes with subteranean flowers photo credit: J C Neal

Have You Seen Tropical Spiderwort?

Tropical spiderwort (Commelina benghalensis), a noxious weed, has been found in several landscape beds in Raleigh. See a fact …

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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 …

Calico scales on dogwood.

Calico Scales About to Hatch!

Calico scale, Eulecanium cerasorum, was accidentally introduced to California from Asia in the 1920s. It has now become established …