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Category Archives: Gardening Tips

July Gardening Tips

July Gardening Tips

Lawn Recycle your clippings as you mow instead of bagging and discarding them.  Returning these clippings to the law saves time, energy and money.  Grass clippings contain 4% nitrogen, 1% phosphorous, 3% potassium and smaller amounts of other essential nutrients. Try to change direction when mowing your lawn.  This will help strengthen the roots system and…read more »

Wayne County Extension Master Gardeners Awards Two Scholarships

Wayne County Extension Master Gardeners Awards Two Scholarships

The Wayne County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association recently presented $500 college scholarships to two Wayne County students. Natalia Garcia, of Goldsboro, is a rising junior at North Carolina State University. Natalia is pursuing a degree in horticultural science with a minor in art and landscape design. She plans to design beautiful landscapes on a…read more »

Sweet Corn Season At The Farm Credit Farmers Market

Sweet Corn Season At The Farm Credit Farmers Market

One of the highlights of summer is enjoying fresh corn on the cob. Sweet corn is a popular vegetable for many of our summer cookout meals. You will soon be able to find sweet corn available locally in Wayne County. Even though the specific time of when sweet corn originated cannot be pin-pointed, we know…read more »

RECIPE: Corn and Black Bean Salsa

RECIPE: Corn and Black Bean Salsa

Corn and Black Bean Salsa Recipe from Extension Agent Michelle Estrada Ingredients 1 (16-ounce) jar salsa 1 (15.5-ounce) can unsalted black beans, drained and rinsed 1 ½ cups of fresh corn cooked 1 – 2 fresh tomatoes 2 tablespoons lemon juice ¼ teaspoon garlic powder 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro ½ teaspoon ground cumin Preparation…read more »

Pollinator Day At The Farm Credit Farmers Market On June 19

Pollinator Day At The Farm Credit Farmers Market On June 19

There are many insects and birds we depend on as pollinators in our environment. Honey bees are one well-known pollinator insects. Honey bees often get a bad name by people associating stings with them along with the misconception that they are thought to be aggressive. People that are unfamiliar with honeybees usually group them with…read more »

RECIPE: Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes

RECIPE: Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes Recipe from Extension Agent Michelle Estrada Ingredients 2 pounds of sweet potatoes 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt Preparation Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Peel…read more »

Blueberry Week At The Farm Credit Farmers Market

Blueberry Week At The Farm Credit Farmers Market

It is the start of blueberry season with fresh, tasty berries starting to be available in Eastern North Carolina. For more than 70 years, North Carolina blueberries have been a favorite in the American diet. Blueberries were first planted for commercial production in North Carolina in 1936. They were brought to North Carolina by an…read more »

RECIPE: No Crust Blueberry Pie

RECIPE: No Crust Blueberry Pie

NO CRUST BLUEBERRY PIE Recipe from Extension Agent Michelle Estrada Ingredients 2 cups plus 1/4 cup fresh blueberries, divided 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon almond extract…read more »

June Gardening Tips

June Gardening Tips

As we welcome in summer, our gardens are now in full swing. With the summer weather, we have to keep our gardens watered regularly and be on the outlook for insect and disease problems. Below are gardening tips to help your garden grow through the month of June.  Lawn Mowing at the correct height and…read more »

Lookout For Squash Bugs

Lookout For Squash Bugs

Squash is a popular summer vegetable that we often try to grow in our gardens. However, one challenge when growing squash is having to deal with a common pests called squash bug. This insect can be a serious pest problem on not only squash but also zucchini, and pumpkin plants. The life cycle of the…read more »

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