Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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NCSU has been updating their website.  Most of our links go to their researched information.
Therefore, some of our older links no longer work.  We are working on fixing outdated links as we become aware of them and apologize if you are led to a defunct site.

SOLITARY BEE HOUSES

When it's too hot to be out gardening, you need to find indoor projects that still benefit your garden.  One such idea is to build a house for our native solitary bees.  Our Honorary MGV, Brian T., (Spouse of MGV Carol T.) has generously constructed several things around the Arboretum.  His latest creation is a solitary bee house shown below.  You will find it tucked into a corner by the Wildflower Garden.
To read more about these beneficial pollinators and how to build your own house, CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

PRUNING TOMATO PLANTS

WHY PRUNE?
1)  Remove diseased foliage.
2)  Encourage more fruit production.
3)  Increase air circulation in the interior of the plant which may help slow foliage diseases.
4)  Remove yellowing foliage.

Read this article for more on the whys and how to of PRUNING TOMATO PLANTS.

Stop by to see the Arboretum's Vegetable Garden.  You will be surprised to see how much can be grown in a small space.

Friday, July 8, 2016

ÀNNUAL FLOWERS INVITE BUTTERFLIES

Growing in our Butterfly Garden
Zinnias and Pentas are two annual bedding plants that attract butterflies. They are easy to grow, low maintenance, and bloom until frost.  In general butterflies are attracted to flowers that have flat surfaces they can perch on (Zinnias) or have short flower tubes (Pentas).  Wide swaths of red, yellow, orange, pink, and purple blooms will draw them in.
For a long term plan to create your own Butterfly Garden using native plants, check out this resource:  BUTTERFLIES IN YOUR BACKYARD.

Monday, July 4, 2016

HERB GARDENING IN PITT COUNTY

Join the Pitt County Master Gardeners
for a tour of the Arboretum.
The focus this month will be
HERB GARDENING
Meet under the shelter in front of
The Ag Center
403 Government Circle
THURSDAY,  JULY 7TH at 9:00 AM

Click here for information on GROWING CULINARY HERBS


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Have Gardening Questions?

Pitt County Master Gardeners will be at the Farmer's Market* this Saturday, July 2nd, from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM.  You can find them outside under the canopy.  Stop by to have them help you solve any gardening problems you have.  They are giving away free cosmos seeds!
Cosmos sulphureus

 Here is a short article about: COSMOS

*Pitt County Farmer's Market
4560 County Home Road, Greenville 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

POLLINATOR WEEK

About 1/3 of the food we eat is pollinated by bees, butterflies, wasps, and flies.  This week has been designated as 'National Pollinator Week.'  But we gardeners know that inviting pollinators into your garden is an ongoing process.  Take some time to put some flowering plants in your gardens.  Here is a great article to get you started:
 
The perennial plant pictured is Verbena bonariensis.  It is commonly called Tall Verbena as it will grow 3-6 ft. tall.  However it is only the long flower stems that shoot up to that height, giving it a see-through, airy quality.  As you can see, it attracts many of our pollinators.  If left to go to seed, the goldfinches will enjoy them in the fall.