Gardening questions

To answer gardening questions from the public, Master Gardeners refer primarily to research-based websites from NC State University.

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:

https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/bunch-grapes-in-the-home-garden

https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/muscadine-grapes-in-the-home-garden

https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/grapes-and-berries-for-the-garden

https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/blackberries-for-the-home-garden

https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/growing-blueberries-in-the-home-garden

https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/principles-of-pruning-the-highbush-blueberry

https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/raspberries-in-the-home-garden

Guides for growing vegetables & herbs:

https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/home-vegetable-gardening-a-quick-reference-guide

https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/growing-tomatoes-in-the-home-garden

https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/home-garden-asparagus-production

https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/summer-squash-production

https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/growing-herbs-for-the-home-gardener

Sites with information about flowers & landscape plants:

https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/growing-annual-flowers

https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/growing-perennial-flowers

https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/carolina-lawns

https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/landscaping-for-wildlife-with-native-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.

https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/extension-gardener-handbook

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 mgarticles@charter.net. 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.

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