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Spring leaves arriving on the Muscadine vine that survived the frosts


Spring April has had some crazy weather, and it is the time when people go outdoors to plant their summer gardens. With the weather and spring, the Cooperative Extension office has received numerous MORE »

Showing the spacing between trees


Fruits As most of you know I am very fascinated with tree fruits and I am very excited to announce that our office will soon have a small fruit orchard. This summer our MORE »

4-H & Schools: A Natural Partnership

4-H School Enrichment Programs provide the opportunity for 4-H and local schools (public, private and homeschool) to team up to offer classroom enrichment programs.  The Rowan County 4-H Extension Agent provides educational materials, MORE »

4-H Volunteers Make a World of Difference

Volunteers are the backbone for NC Cooperative Extension programming, especially the 4-H program. 4-H, the youth component of NC Cooperative Extension, provides youth ages five to eighteen with exciting and educational experiences through MORE »

Bull Test Consignments

Attached is the information that was sent out to potential consignors for the 2014-2015 Bull Tests at Butner and Waynesville. It consists of the rules and regulations for the upcoming year, nomination form, MORE »

4-H Q & A

4-H is the youth development program of Cooperative Extension that strives to help youth develop leadership, citizenship, and life skills. Even though it has been around for over 100 years, many people are MORE »

Mechanical pruner

Growing Fruits

Growing Fruits Growing fruits can be very rewarding if they are cared for properly. If fruit trees, shrubs, or vines are neglected it can be hard to get the plants and trees in MORE »

A Bradford Pear that was damaged in a storm

Know what you are Planting

Know what you are Planting Spring can be a great time of the year to start your gardening, but it is very important to know what you are planting before you start. Below MORE »

A farmer growing lettuce in a raised bed under a hightunnel

Methods for Gardening

Methods for Gardening Gardening is a great past time, and many people just love to play in the soil. Because of hectic schedules or limited property, I receive many questions on gardening in MORE »

A mixture of lettuces being grown and ready for harvest


Spring Spring is in full swing and with that starts the questions of farmers’ markets, gardening, and the general outdoors. Being a local food agent, I am privy to all of those details. MORE »

Mountain orchard


Farming Farming is one of the best jobs a person can have; it is also one of the most difficult, demanding, and least thanked professions. Farming used to be the top occupation in MORE »

This is a blueberry branch that has died, which is one of the canes that should be pruned out when someone is pruning.

Pruning Blueberries and Blackberries

Pruning Blueberries and Blackberries This month we have received numerous phone calls on how to prune blueberries and blackberries. As I have mentioned in a previous article on pruning fruits it is best MORE »


Moss  Because of our cold wet winter and less than vigorous lawns, moss seems to be a common complaint for many. The carpet-like weed is often a symptom of existing cultural problems that MORE »

peach ice

Home Gardeners and Icy Weather

Home Gardeners and Icy Weather Mother Nature continues to offer home gardeners a challenge with icy weather earlier in the week followed hopefully normal spring weather. Many are still pondering what to do MORE »

Properly pruned peach trees.

Pruning Fruit Trees

Pruning Fruit Trees Do you have questions on how to prune fruit trees? If so you are among many who make calls to Cooperative Extension every year asking for help on pruning. In MORE »


Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake Mushrooms Have you ever wanted to grow your own mushrooms but didn’t know where to start? This is a common question most Horticulture Extension agents receive since growing your own mushrooms has MORE »

Johnson's Peaches orchard in full bloom (Johnson's Peaches is a North Carolina orchard located in Candor, NC).

Fruit Tree Garden Column

Fruit Tree Garden Column Have you ever had a fruit tree bloom but never produce any fruit? We often receive this question and although there could be a couple of problems such as MORE »

Extension Master Gardeners

Extension Master Gardeners Extension Master Gardeners is a great program where Cooperative Extension agents train volunteers to help educate gardeners using unbiased and researched based information. Because the program is so successful we MORE »

Cover Crops

Cover Crops For some the arctic blast we received this week does not mean much except wearing extra clothing when going outside. However, this kind of weather can wreak havoc on fruit crops. MORE »