Gardening Workshops Will Answer Some Questions

— Written By Danelle Cutting

Garden Column

Danelle Cutting

May 17, 2017

Everything is in full swing, the farmers’ market, Do-It-Yourself Program and harvesting our rhubarb. Our office has received lots of calls on the programs that we are offering this year and a few gardening questions along the way. Here are some of the questions we have received:

Ripe Blackberries

Ripe Blackberries

Question: I am interested in growing my own fruits like peaches and apples, do you have any classes on how to do that?

Answer: Yes, as a matter of a fact we are hosting our second Do-It-Yourself class on growing your own fruits and berries this Saturday (May 20 from 10 am to 12 pm) at the Rowan County Cooperative Extension office 2727 Old Concord Rd., Salisbury. We will start our program at the outdoor shelter and then visit the home orchard site. During this session participants will learn everything there is on how to start their own home orchard. Fruits that will be the primary focus will be apples, peaches, blueberries, blackberries, and grapes. The Extension Master Gardeners will also host their raffle drawing contest afterward. If you are interested in registering please call our office at 704-216-8970.

Question: I am interested in attending your rhubarb workshop but I would like to know what will I learn or see?

Harvested North Carolina Grown Rhubarb

Harvested North Carolina Grown Rhubarb

Answer: The rhubarb workshop will emphasize on how to grow and market rhubarb in the Piedmont of North Carolina. The program will be primarily focused towards growers but homeowners may learn a lot along the way. Topics of the workshop will include: fertility and growing rhubarb using plasticulture, insect and disease management and how to harvest and sell locally grown rhubarb. The class is free and it is being held on Tuesday, May 23 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Piedmont Research Station (8350 Sherrills Ford Rd., Salisbury). If the day is sunny we will be having the program beside the rhubarb field, if it’s rainy that day the program will continue at the research station office. There will also be 2 hours of pesticide credits for N, O, D, and X pesticide applicators. To register for the class please call our office at 704-216-8970.

Immature Paw Paw Fruit

Immature Paw Paw Fruit

Question: What is this tree? I found it in the woods and it has some kind of fruit hanging off of it? Can I eat it and if so what will it taste like?

Answer: This is actually a native Paw Paw tree. It is one of our native fruits and it is actually edible. They usually have four fruits to a cluster but I suspect with the late frost we had this year that it lost two. If these two fruits reach maturity they will be of decent Paw Paw quality size (lack of competing with the two others). Paw Paw’s have a custard-like texture and some say they taste like a cross between a banana and a pineapple. If you attend our Do-It-Yourself program this Saturday you will get to see some of our Paw Paw’s that are growing in our demonstration orchard site. If you would like to grow some Paw Paw’s visit this Extension publication:

Even though this year can be very chaotic with something happening almost every weekend, it does make the hours go by quickly! Working with fruits and vegetables is my passion and I hope you will get to attend at least one of the workshops or activities we have this growing season. If you have any horticulture or gardening questions please contact your local Cooperative Extension agent, Danelle Cutting at 704-216-8970 or email her at

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Photo of Danelle CuttingDanelle CuttingExtension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture and Local Foods (704) 216-8970 danelle_cutting@ncsu.eduRowan County, North Carolina
Updated on Jun 6, 2017
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