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April 2019 Garden News

April is a busy month in the garden. The weather is warming up, early-flowering shrubs and trees such as …

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Carpenter Bee Activity

Carpenter bee activity is on the increase. The activity near the end of March and early April was mostly …

Farm Seeker Backlog!

We are experiencing a growing number backlog of farm seekers that have not been published. We apologize about this. …

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Heavy Metal Soil Testing for Hemp

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019 CONTACT: Dr. David Hardy, Ph.D., N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Agronomic Services Division 919-733-2655 NCDA&CS heavy metal …

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How to Create a Container Garden for Edibles in the North Carolina Piedmont

In this publication you will find ideas to get you started growing your own edibles. …

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Good Agricultural Practices for the Production and Handling of Strawberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, and Blueberry

Maintaining good sanitation throughout production and handling of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries is important. …

3 weeks ago

Strawberries in the Home Garden

Strawberries are a welcome addition to any home garden. They are relatively easy to grow, …

A Step-by-Step Approach to Pruning Carlos Muscadine Grapevines

This review presents the key steps involved in pruning a mature Carlos vine for maximum …

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Early Blight of Tomato

This factsheet describes early blight of tomato, including identification, transmission and disease management, and control.

Biomass Production of Biofumigant Cover Crops - 'Caliente' Mustard and Oilseed Radish

A new group of cover crops for winter and summer use include mustards, oilseed radishes …

3 weeks ago

Agritourism Opportunities for Farm Diversification

This publication explores the different types of agritourism activities that are available to farmers and …

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Sulfur Fertilization of North Carolina Crops

Adequate sulfur is necessary for crops, but there’s no one-size-fits-all recommendation for application in North …

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