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Tomato seedlings

Summer Crops and Warm Soil

We have enjoyed a nice cool spring this year, which has allowed us to enjoy spring crops and strawberries …

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Lawns Are Waking Up

As I go on my walks through my neighborhood, I’ve noticed the lawns are growing well and I often …

Pruning Overgrown Hydrangea

Pruning Overgrown Hydrangea

Join N.C. Cooperative Extension, Carteret County Center; horticulture agent, Shawn Banks, in this episode of Extension Gardener on the …

Selection of seed packets

Planting Summer Vegetables

Many of us think of gardening as growing fruits and vegetables. With that in mind, summer crops like cucumber, …

Cornhole board on lawn

Celebrate Your Lawn

Most of us don’t think of the lawn as part of the garden. I dare say that most of …

Theodore Roosevelt Nature Trail Sign

Visit the Theodore Roosevelt Trail

Take a walk with Shawn Banks, County Extension Director, for his fifth walk identifying native plants along the way, as …

Carteret County Extension Master Gardener Plant Sale Flyer

Annual Plant Sale Is Around the Corner!

Make plans now to attend the Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteer Association of Carteret County Annual Spring Plant Sale, Friday, 4/14 …

Loropetalum, Fringe Flower

Pruning and Nourishing Shrubs

A lot of our spring flowering shrubs have already been blooming. I’ve noticed a lot of azaleas, Loropetalum, and …


Pulling and Spraying Weeds

I’m a big fan of lawns and sometimes that can get me into trouble, but that also means I’m …

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Building the Goodness Garden

Here’s another episode of Extension Gardener on the Crystal Coast with Shawn Banks, Director, N.C. Cooperative Extension Carteret County …

spider mites

Spider Mites 

Identification Several species of warm and cool-season Spider mites call eastern North Carolina home. Spider mites are small, no bigger …

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