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Injury Prevention for Gardeners

Last week, Issac (Agriculture Program Assistant) and I spent some time cleaning up our yard and gardens here at …

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WNC AgOptions 2024 Grant Cycle Open

WNC AgOptions intent to apply deadline Oct. 13, 2023; Application deadline Nov. 17, 2023. Grants for family farms in 2024 WNC …

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Native Seed Saving

Saving seed can be an intimidating task for a beginning gardener. Many seeds have to be preserved in a …

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Growing Grapes in Western NC

Growing grapes in the home garden can be a little bit of work but it is definitely worth it. …

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Root-Bound Plants

Though we may not see it, plant roots are growing underground. Roots often grow just as much under the …

Cover photo for Summer Food Preservation Classes

Summer Food Preservation Classes

Summertime brings an abundance of fruits and vegetables in home and community gardens, at roadside stands and at farmers …

Cover photo for Saving Squash Seeds

Saving Squash Seeds

Cucurbita pepo or the summer squash is a herbaceous annual commonly grown in many home gardens. Known for its …

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How to Create a Container Garden for Edibles in the North Carolina Piedmont

In this publication you will find ideas to get you started growing your own edibles. …

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How to Organize a Community Garden

This publication covers the keys to a successful community garden of individual plots including forming …

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Overview of Forages and Forage Utilization for Pasture-Based Livestock Systems in North Carolina

This publication is an overview of forage species and their use in livestock production systems …

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Extension Programming Models

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Lime Equivalence of Fine-Ground Basalt Rock

Fine-ground basalt rock has recently become available as a soil amendment in North Carolina. This …

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Land Application of Municipal Sludge: Advantages and Concerns

This factsheet explains how proper land application of municipal biosolids can protect public health and …

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Sesame’s Impact on Root-Knot Nematode Populations

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