The internet is full of advice for gardeners. But many of these websites and blogs are loaded with incorrect information. And even if the advice is good in general, it might not apply to gardens here.
So when answering questions from the public, Master Gardeners refer primarily to research-based websites from NC State University.
A list of popular NC State websites is below; the subject covered by each site is included in the web address.
Thinking of growing tree fruits, grapes or berries? Check out these publications:
Guides for growing vegetables & herbs:
Sites with information about flowers & landscape plants:
Take a long look at the new Extension Gardener Handbook. The result of five years of work by several dozen degreed horticulture professionals, this online resource is also the new Master Gardener training manual. Lots of pictures and links to other sites are in each chapter.
Chapters: Botany, Composting, Containers, Diagnostics, Diseases and Disorders, Fruits – Small, Fruits and Nuts – Tree, Insects, Integrated Pest Management, Landscape Design, Lawns, Native Plants, Organic Gardening, Ornamentals — Herbaceous , Ornamentals – Woody, Propagation, Soils and Plant Nutrients, Vegetable Gardening, Weeds, Wildlife and Youth, Community, and Therapeutic Gardening.
Appendices: Community Gardening Resources, Diagnostic Tables, Garden Journals, Garden Tools, Glossary of Gardening Terms, Landscape Design – History, Permaculture Design, Pesticides and Pesticide Safety and Season Extenders and Greenhouses.
For an electronic (PDF format) copy of this article, email firstname.lastname@example.org. All the web addresses above will be embedded in the article; click to get to any site rather than typing the address manually into your browser.
Jim Janke is an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer in Haywood County. Visit https://haywood.ces.ncsu.edu, or call the Haywood County Extension Center at 828-456-3575. ©2019 NC State University.