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Category Archives: Gardening Tips

Gardenside Chats With Extension Master Gardeners Begin This Week

Gardenside Chats With Extension Master Gardeners Begin This Week

Join Wayne County Extension Master Gardeners for Gardenside Chats at the Wayne Extension Demo Gardens (next to the Farm Credit Farmers Market, 3114 Wayne Memorial Drive). Each month, Extension Master Gardener volunteers will share information on a gardening topic. Stop by anytime between 10am to Noon to pick up information and learn more about each…read more »

August Gardening Tips

August Gardening Tips

The hot summer days of August may make it challenging to find comfortable weather to work in the garden. Take advantage of the more pleasant days for working outdoors and completing these gardening tips for this month. Lawn Late summer is the most effective time to control fire ants with baits. Treat lawns for grubs…read more »

RECIPE: Watermelon Cucumber Balsamic Salad

RECIPE: Watermelon Cucumber Balsamic Salad

Watermelon Cucumber Balsamic Salad Recipe from Extension Agent Michelle Estrada Ingredients 4 C watermelon cubed 2 C cucumber cubed 1/2 C red onion sliced 1/4 C basil chopped 2 T olive oil 1/2 C balsamic vinegar 2 oz. fat free feta cheese crumbled Preparation Mix together watermelon, cucumber, red onion and basil. Mix together olive…read more »

Don’t Let The Weeds Spoil The Fruits Of Your Labor

Don’t Let The Weeds Spoil The Fruits Of Your Labor

Article submitted by Dr. Jason Davis, University of Mount Olive Assistant Dean School of Agriculture and Biological Sciences At this point in the growing season, if you are not familiar with weeds, you may soon be. As the motivational quote by an unknown author states, “Weeds don’t need any encouragement to grow.” Weeds do not…read more »

Watch Out For Common Tomato Problems In The Garden

Watch Out For Common Tomato Problems In The Garden

Gardeners have hopefully been enjoying those first fresh tomato out of the garden. Unfortunately, there are some common problems that occur on tomatoes as we have fluctuations in rainfall and temperatures during the summer season. One of these common problems is when tomatoes turn brown on the bottom just before it begins to ripen.  When…read more »

Four Complete Wayne County Master Gardener Training

Four Complete Wayne County Master Gardener Training

On June 24th, four people completed the 2021 Wayne County Master Gardener Volunteer Training. The Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training included over 40 hours of instruction that covered gardening topics such as lawn care, fruits and vegetables, soils, landscape plants, and pest management. Having completed the training class, the group will now be Extension Master…read more »

Tomato Season At The Farm Credit Farmers Market

Tomato Season At The Farm Credit Farmers Market

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 »

RECIPE: Pesto Parmesan Baked Tomatoes

RECIPE: Pesto Parmesan Baked Tomatoes

Pesto Parmesan Baked Tomatoes Recipe from Michelle Estrada, Wayne County Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent Ingredients 2 medium tomatoes, halved 4 teaspoons basil pesto, store bought or homemade 4 tbsp. shredded Parmesan cheese Preparation Preheat oven to Preheat the oven to 400°F. Arrange the tomatoes on a baking tray and top each with 1/2…read more »

Cucumber Season At The Farm Credit Farmers Market

Cucumber Season At The Farm Credit Farmers Market

Cucumbers are now in season around Wayne County! Many of us look forward to cool, crisp, fresh cucumbers during the summer season. The peak season for cucumbers is June to October. Although cucumbers can be grown across the state, Eastern North Carolina has a rich history of cucumber production. Wayne County of course has a…read more »

RECIPE: Tzaziki

RECIPE: Tzaziki

TZATZIKI Recipe from Extension Agent Michelle Estrada Ingredients 2 large cucumber 2 teaspoons kosher salt 2 cups Greek yogurt 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 cloves garlic (minced) 1 tablespoon fresh dill (minced) Preparation Cut the ends off the cucumber. Slice the cucumber in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Grate remaining cucumber and toss with…read more »

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