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The Sustainable Living Series
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!
REGISTRATION is NOW OPEN
Join us for classes from Feb. - Oct. register here
From gardening to canning, the Sustainable Living Series connects families with nature, nutrition and sustainability. Learn more 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.
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....
Factoid: Why so many nests? or The Old Man Gets Booted Out! Each pair of squirrels needs at least two dens; three are ideal. More...
Dave Molinaro, EMG
Have gardening questions right now? Please call our Horticulture HELP desk at 704-336-4011 or email.
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 January Garden To Do list here by EMG Kathy Bretz.
Master Gardener 2015 class
The current winter 2015 new EMG training class openings are now closed. Applications are accepted all year long. We have a waiting list of interested candidates who will be contacted for the 2016 session. 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.
Learn more 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.
What do you need to get started?
The simple answer is—not much!