For and about all things green and growing in Mecklenburg County and the greater Charlotte, NC region. We are happy to be your "go to" gardening website, filled with research-based, how-to garden information presented by Extension Master Gardeners. There's so much to do and see in May and EMGs are here, there, ALL around town - we mean Mecklenburg County. Check the events coming up & Let's Talk Gardening!
Living with Wildlife and Controlling Varmits
Witty, fascinating and very helpful research-based advice on controlling deer, raccoons, moles, voles, yellow jackets, slugs, tomato hornworm and more.
How to mitigate the damage some of these animals can inflict on our ornamental and edible plants and how to coexist and garden successfully with the wildlife in our midst is a growing issue in the Piedmont. ...MORE
Ever wonder... "What Plant is THAT?!"
while cruising along in early spring, you see a brightly flowering "something" and step on the brakes?
Don't miss these answers! Could be:
"Ask a Master Gardener Days” on Saturdays (see the dates) at local farmers markets Charlotte Regional Farmers Market & the Matthews Farmers Market & the Davidson Farmers Market. At these informal plant clinics, EMGs offer expertise on a wide variety of horticultural topics: landscape design + organic gardening + lawn care vegetable gardening+ composting + native plants+plant selection + garden pest, weed, and disease control.
Bring your gardening questions! for times, dates, topics MORE...
"Mastering the Garden Harvest" Annual EMG Conference
June 6 - 8, 2013 Union County Agricultural Extension, Monroe, NC
Featuring three days of Local Food with expert lectures and workshops, farm to table lunch and dinner for Extension Master Gardeners and the public. For more details, visit http://www.mastergardenersunioncountync.org
Listen, Look, and Learn in the Garden
Story Time and Nature Learning at the Freedom Park Demonstration Garden
June 11, 2013 from 10 am - 11 am
Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardeners (EMGs) introduces Listen, Look, and Learn in the Garden the first in a monthly series of educational programs offering children ages 4-5 the opportunity to experience and enjoy the wonders of nature.
Each program will begin with story time; the book sets the stage for a guided walk in the EMG Freedom Park Demonstration Garden and into the surrounding park. Children will be encouraged to explore the story’s theme through interacting with nature. The pilot program will focus on “the five senses - seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and tasting.” This “sunshine or rain” program is free and open to the public; advanced registration is required. MORE....
Location: Program meets at Freedom Park shelter #3 near parking at Lilac Road and Cumberland Avenue Charlotte NC.
Registration: Advance registration is required by June 6, 2013. Register HERE.
EVERY Day - What springtime in Charlotte is ALL about! You are always welcome to visit the Demonstration Gardens at Independence Park and Freedom Park. Walk, Stroller or RUN through the Demo Gardens and see what's in bloom. Come away inspired and refreshed MORE...
There's many gardening tasks to do in May. For direction and advice... find the May Garden To Do list here by Kathy Bretz.
Trees, Shrubs & Groundcovers
· Pruning: Early flowering trees and shrubs (forsythia, flowering quince, spiraea, weigela) as soon as blooms have faded; ornamental plants (holly, nandina and pyracantha); azaleas once blooms fade; deciduous vines like wisteria and Lady Banks roses after flowering.
· Some roses need regular spraying: black spot, powdery mildew and Japanese beetles are coming. Remove leaves and petals which fall around plants to keep diseases and fungi from returning.
· Check leaves of ornamentals: if faded yellow with green veins, chlorosis could be the problem. Cure with light application of Epsom salts MORE...