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Leaves, leaves, everywhere!
Charlotte, North Carolina, is a city of beautiful trees, many deciduous, which shed their leaves each year. Autumn is the primary time for deciduous trees like maples, poplars, and many of the oaks and elms to shed their leaves, although it can happen at other times also.
Before you throw your hands up in despair, here are a few suggestions for what you might do with all those leaves blowing about in your yard this fall.
Shred leaves with a leaf shredder or with your lawn mower. Pile dry leaves a few inches high and go over them several times with the mower. Incorporate shredded leaves into compost or use for mulching. More....
Debbie Moore Clark, EMG
Gardens and Lawns there's so many gardening tasks to do. For direction and advice... find the December Garden To Do list here by EMG Kathy Bretz.
How to control Squirrels?
First, feed them!
Feeding is the easiest way to prevent squirrels. Scatter shelled or cob field corn on the ground near the trees or bird feeder, or place it on a shallow feeding platform. Squirrels are fond of sunflower seeds and nuts. In backyards where squirrels are causing problems at bird feeders; consider providing an alternative food source. Either wire or nail an ear of corn to a tree or fence post away from where the squirrels are causing the problem. More.... See http://extension.missouri.edu/publications/DisplayPub.aspx?P=G9455.
Factoid: Why so many nests? or The Old Man Gets Booted Out! Each pair of squirrels needs at least two dens; three are ideal. The pair will often live in one den until the female gives birth. At this time, the male is evicted from the den and will use an additional nest or den tree. The young also require dens; and if none are available, they will either migrate or be eliminated by predators. More...
Dave Molinaro, EMG
The Sustainable Living Series
Completed for the year, the Sustainable Living series is a popular midweek, midday class at the Extension Office in Independence Park. If you are new to the region or need a brush-up on gardening or living skills - here is the place to start! Watch for our 2015 schedule coming very soon.
We feature topics on gardening, healthy eating, nature, nutrition and more.
The Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension Sustainable Living Series is a collaboration of Mecklenburg Family and Consumer Sciences and Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardeners to provide citizens with education to incorporate sustainable practices into their lifestyle. From gardening to canning, the Sustainable Living Series connects families with nature, nutrition and sustainability.
What Charlotte is all about visit the Demonstration Gardens at Independence Park and Freedom Park. MORE...
Ready for the next step in your Growing Knowledge? Find out more about becoming a Master Gardener right here. If you have an interest in gardening, a strong desire to share your time and your gardening knowledge with others in our community, along with a love of lifelong learning, you may be a good candidate for the Master Gardener program. About Master Gardeners here... The Extension Master Gardener Program is a volunteer program with the primary purpose of sharing safe, effective, and sustainable gardening practices with the community.
Seeds for winter sowing - do it now
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.)
Pam Crown, EMG
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. 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.
This process was first described on the Web by Trudi Davidoff, a Long Island gardener. Her Web site is http://wintersown.org/wseo1/index.html. What follows is a shortened explanation of her discoveries. Like most garden topics, the Web is an excellent resource for more extensive information. One good place to check is http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/wtrsow/ where you will find an entire community of winter sowing gardeners.
What do you need to get started?
The simple answer is—not much!
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