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Carolina Calling at the Southern Home & Garden Show
A Winter Feast Garden
Edible and ornamental plants native to the Carolina Piedmont, and some non-native ornamentals are combined in an aesthetically pleasing, functional garden - located in the Garden Showcases. We encourage you to create a winter feast of beautiful plants in your yard – a feast for family and friends – for birds and other wildlife – for the soul – for You.
The Winter Feast Garden is a collaboration between Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardener Volunteers (MEMGV) and UNCC Botanical Gardens Ed Davis, Landscape Architect. Working with a small team of Master Gardeners, Ed conceived of the curvilinear, naturalistic design to demonstrate a garden during the cool-seasons of fall, winter, and early spring that provides visual beauty to nourish the spirit and the eye as well as real nourishment for people and wildlife. Don't miss the Garden Stage Programs-see the schedule here. Join us in the Gardens!
The Sustainable Living Series
If you are new to the region or need a brush-up on gardening or living skills - here is the place to start! The Sustainable Living series is a popular midweek, midday class at the Extension Office in Independence Park.
REGISTRATION is NOW OPEN
Join us for classes from Feb. - Oct. register here
The Science of Home Food Preservation March 11, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Essential for new and seasoned canners-learn the updates and research-based techniques here with Kristin Davis, Extension Agent, Family & Consumer ServicesMecklenburg County Cooperative Extension Center, 1418 Armory Drive. Advance register $5 at mecklenburg.ces.ncsu.edu/sustain/
Small Gardens for Small Spaces: Container Gardening 101 March 25,
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Growing edibles in containers is a creative, effective approach to urban gardening; whether you live in a high-rise apartment, a tiny condo, a house with no backyard, or a college dormitory it is possible to grow nutritious, cost-saving, tasty, garden-fresh vegetables and herbs year-round in containers. Advance register $5 at mecklenburg.ces.ncsu.edu/sustain/
What Charlotte is all about visit the Demonstration Gardens at Independence Park and Freedom Park. MORE...
Gardens and Lawns there's so many gardening tasks to do. For direction and advice... find the February Garden To Do list here by EMG Kathy Bretz.
Seeds for winter sowing
Here is a short test that will tell you if you are ready for the wonderful world of winter sowing. (You’ll pass, I promise.)
1. Are you’re tired of facing spring with more holes in your garden than plants to fill them?
2. Do you hate seeing seedlings fail after being babied on your windowsills or under grow lights?
3. Have you considered a second mortgage on your home to buy plants for the garden, but don’t feel quite ready to go the distance?
If you answered YES to any (or all) of these questions, then read on to learn how winter sowing may be your perfect solution. from Pam Crown, EMG More....
Winter sowing allows you to produce multiple plants with minimal work and outlay. In the fall, seeds are planted in moist potting soil in closed, but ventilated containers and left outside untended until they begin that miraculous sprouting process. For years, I’ve used this method to produce plants for the spring garden.
Have gardening questions right now? Please call our Horticulture HELP desk at 704-336-4011 or email.