Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Category Archives: Gardening Tips

Peak Watermelon Season Is Here

Peak Watermelon Season Is Here

Nothing says summer like watermelons. Watermelons are often a must at our summer cookouts and are a wonderful treat during hot summer days. Watermelons are grown across the United States. The top four states are Texas, Florida, Georgia, and California producing 69% of all grown in United States. In terms of production, watermelon is one…read more »

It Is The Season For Tomatoes

It Is The Season For Tomatoes

Many of us know there’s nothing better than a fresh tomato sandwich on a hot, summer day. Tomatoes are now in season in our area and are often a staple with many of our summer cookouts and meals. North Carolina ranks 9th nationally in tomato production, growing 96 million pounds of tomatoes in 2018. Although…read more »

Peaches Are in Season

Peaches Are in Season

Peaches are in season around Wayne County! Sweet, juicy peaches in North Carolina are a symbol of summertime! North Carolina’s peach industry is unique in that it sells 90% of its crop on the fresh market, direct to the consumer just days from being picked ripe off the tree Cultivation of peaches began in China…read more »

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 »

Sweet Corn Season Will Be Here Soon!

Sweet Corn Season Will Be Here Soon!

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 »

Murder Hornet or Not? That is the Question

Murder Hornet or Not? That is the Question

You have probably seen some “buzz” on the news about murder bees. So what are these bees and do we need to be concerned? Murder bees is a nickname for the Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia). This bee lives up to its names because the queens are more than 2” long while the workers are…read more »

Plant Spotlight: Hydrangeas

Plant Spotlight: Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are deciduous shrubs that can provide elegant flowers to any Southern garden during the summer months. There are numerous varieties and types of hydrangeas with ranges of colors.  Though there are too many varieties to mention, you can generally looks at hydrangeas in three groups, Hydrangea macrophylla, Hydrangea quercifolia, and Hydrangea paniculata. Hydrangea macrophylla…read more »

June Gardening Tips

June Gardening Tips

With the start of June we now welcome summer and our gardens are now in full swing. With summer we have to keep our gardens watered regularly and keep an eye out for insect and disease problems. Below are gardening tips to help your garden grow through the month of June.  Lawn Mowing at the…read more »

Blueberry Season Is Beginning In Wayne County!

Blueberry Season Is Beginning In Wayne County!

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 »

Be On The Lookout For Bagworms

Be On The Lookout For Bagworms

Bagworms are a common pest that many gardeners encounter in their gardens and landscapes. Soon it will be time for bagworms to begin hatching out and move to new locations where they will feed on leaves of common conifer trees like cedars and Leyland cypresses. There a couple of different insects that people refer to…read more »

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