Hello Piedmont Gardeners! What's green and growing in Mecklenburg County and the greater Charlotte, Piedmont North Carolina region. Get out of the air conditioning and into the great outdoors. Every week, find programs, events, classes, news, hands-on educational fun for the whole family to enjoy. The Garden and Nature Calendar is where to look for outdoor happenings.....Gardener's Forum, HERE.
NC State Extension Gardener
SUMMER 2015 Special Issue : Native Plants. Welcome to a special issue of Extension Gardener. All articles in this issue focus on native plants and how gardeners across North Carolina can incorporate more natives into their landscapes. Why did we decide to focus this issue on natives? To start with, you asked for it...MORE current newsletter
- PIEDMONT NEWS: Choosing the right native Planting edibles for insects Emerald ash borer Deer-resistant natives
- STATE NEWS: Native plants Bird-friendly native plants ‘Von” blackberry Drought-tolerant natives
The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge (MPGC) is a nationwide call to action to preserve and create gardens and landscapes that help revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators across America. We will move millions of individuals, kids and families outdoors and make a connection between pollinators and the healthy food people eat.
The Sustainable Living Series
The Sustainable Living series is a popular midweek, midday class at the Extension Office in Independence Park. Join us for classes.
More details & to advance register here
Find your sustainable way to learn more. Coming up:
Pressure Canning June 12
Garden Beauty on a Budget June 24
Splendid Raw Food Dishes July 8
Got Gardening Problems? Get Solutions! July 22 Dehydrating Food August 12
How to Build a Raised Bed August 20
Fall is for Planting August 26
Landscape Design Basics Sept 23
Cooking with HERBS October 7
Backyard Ecology October 28
Bring Nature Inside November 16
Gardens and Lawns there's so many gardening tasks to do. For direction and advice... find the August Garden To Do list. Or find your garden topic here:
Fruit, Herbs, Vegetables, Eat Healthy
Bulbs, Native Plants, Perennials, Winning Plants
Color, Principles, Theme Gardens, Xeriscapes
GREEN GARDENING PRACTICES
Biodiversity, Composting, Organics, Vermiculture
GARDEN CARE, How to
Beneficial Bugs, Soil Building, Living with Wildlife
Conifers, Pruning, Shrubs, Trees, Lawns
GARDENS AND GARDENING BOOK Reviews
Work Homegrown Fruit into Your Home Garden Landscape
Most of us are growing some type of vegetable, either a dedicated veggie patch or tasty treats tucked into the landscape.
Give some thought now to the other category of “5 a Day”: FRUIT! Incorporating home grown fruit into the garden and landscape can be just as easy and productive with only a few basic requirements.
Most all fruits, as with vegetables, require adequate light, humus-rich soil and necessary water. Remember that a soil test will get you started right and a key location will provide a good beginning. MORE...
There is something very satisfying about growing your own food
But sometimes it’s just not practical. Your house may have a tiny yard; or your back yard may be large, but shaded by lots of trees, allowing for little sunlight. You may live in a condo or an apartment. In those cases, container gardening may be an option. You CAN grow productive vegetables using these few rules...more
Have gardening questions right now? Call the Horticulture HELP desk at 704-336-4011 or email.