Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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FALL GARDENING IN PITT COUNTY

2016-Fall-Coastal-CoverThe Fall Edition of the Extension Gardener is ready for you.  Click here:
EXTENSION GARDENER
 to read current gardening articles related to our growing conditions in Pitt County.  Some of the topics covered are:
  • Raised-bed gardening
  • Leafy greens for fall
  • Nematodes
  • Preparing lawns for cooler weather
  • Spooktacular Plants
  • Chalkbark maple
  • Butterhead and leaf lettuces
  • Soil testing for sustainable nutrient management

Friday, September 16, 2016

MUSCADINE HARVEST

9 1/2 pounds of muscadine grapes (and a few figs) were delivered to the Eastern Carolina Food Bank this week.  All were from our Small Fruit Garden at the Arboretum.
Varieties:  Carlos, Nesbit, and Hunt
Photos by J. Keville

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

FIELD TRIP FOR MASTER GARDENERS

A group of Master Gardeners and Extension Agent Eric recently drove to Goldsboro to see the Small Farm Unit at the Cherry Research Farm.  They picked up tips on composting, season extenders, cover crops, and berries.  Of great interest to many was some of the equipment used.  The Master Gardeners are always looking for was to improve the Arboretum and their own gardens!  Thanks Ann H. for organizing this.



Tuesday, September 6, 2016

POMEGRANATES

 The pomegranate tree (Punica granatum) growing in our Small Fruit Garden has begun to bear fruit.  In addition to having edible fruit, we can also enjoy it's beautiful orange red flowers.  Click here for more info about the history and some growing tips: POMEGRANATES

Monday, August 29, 2016

PITT CO ARBORETUM TOUR

Join a Master Gardener for this month's FREE WALKING TOUR of the Arboretum.  This month's theme is :DEER RESISTANT PLANTS.  While no plant is DEER PROOF (if hungry enough, deer will sample anything), you will learn about plants that are their least favorite to munch on. 

THURSDAY, September 1, 2016
10:00 - 11:30 AM

Meet under the shelter in front of the
AG CENTER
403 Government Circle, Greenville, NC

 
 MAP

Thursday, August 25, 2016

AMARANTH - Not Your Usual Southern Garden Crop

Our Vegetable Garden Curators chose to plant something a little different this year: Amaranthus.  This plant is grown for the edible leaves and the pseudo-grains.  As you can see, it's growth has met their expectations. 
The Amaranth Institure states the nutritional value as follows:
"Amaranth proves to be one of the best suited crops to address certain health problems globally. Seeds are 13 to 15 percent protein, among the highest for any grain. Amaranth seeds are also high in fiber, calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and vitamins A and C.
In addition, combining amaranth seeds with corn, a major component of the local diet, forms a complete protein. Leaves are edible, containing more calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C than spinach, in addition to the high levels of folate and other nutrients present in the seeds."

Visit their website by CLICKING HERE.

For an in depth discussion of this plant, CLICK HERE.