Tuesday, July 26, 2016

SUMMER NEWSLETTER

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The Summer Edition on the Extension Gardener Newsletter is ready for viewing.  Some of the topics for our area include:
  • Sustainable Gardening
  • Rainfall Measurement
  • Mole or Vole?
  • Organic Lawn Management
Click here to download:  COASTAL PLAINS EDITION

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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