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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.
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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/
Weekend Workshop: Build Your Own Raised Garden Beds March 28, 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Learn how to build cost-effective, practical raised garden beds for growing your own delicious, nutritious edibles or lovely ornamentals. Mecklenburg EMGs demonstrate and provide hands-on instructions for constructing raised beds. Printed plans and material lists included. Advance register $10 at mecklenburg.ces.ncsu.edu/sustain/
Terrific Tomatoes: Get Your Garden Growing April 3, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m. Learn how to grow a bountiful, organic summer garden. Mecklenburg EMGs teach gardening basics like soil preparation, planting dates, garden layout, harvest extending techniques and best vegetable selections to enjoy through summer into early fall as well as fool-proof gardening tips for juicy, tasty tomatoes as well as other summer vegetables. Advance register $5 at mecklenburg.ces.ncsu.edu/sustain/
Let’s Preserve: Jams, Jellies & Preserves Whether you are making delicious jams for the family or conserves as gifts, this class will provide answers to your questions. Kristin Davis, Extension Agent, teaches safe ways to transform fruits into a variety of spreads, through an interactive hands on format. Program Requirement: The Science of Home Food Preservation. 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 March Garden To Do list here by EMG Kathy Bretz.
March Mania: Under The Woods With Underwood's
by Andrea Sprott
I often think of native woodland plants as being kind of quiet and modest, not drawing too much attention to themselves as they dutifully serve the beauty of the shady garden like the workhorses they often are. That is so not the case with Underwood’s Wake-robin, Trillium underwoodii.
While not a North Carolina native, it is a native of the deep southeast, occurring from the eastern Florida panhandle through southern Georgia and into most of Alabama. Like most of its native siblings, Underwood’s trillium is hardy in USDA Growing Zones 5-9, found mainly in deciduous hardwood understory (part shade to shade), and prefers average to dry soil high in pH, plenty of leaf mold, and good drainage.
What I like so well about this particular species is its relentless magnificence. Breaking ground in early January, this dwarf...more...
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