NC State’s ‘Extension Gardener’
Here’s the Summer edition of North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s online publication “Extension Gardener”:
Duke Gardens workshops
SARAH P DUKE GARDENS, 426 Anderson St, Durham,
919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu; gardening workshops are held in the Doris Duke Center; call 919-668-1707 or 1708 to reserve your spot. Register online or ask questions by writing to email@example.com. Here’s the link to the spring/summer seminars and workshops (note that parking is free after 5pm):
Agriculture in Durham County
Local folks interested in farming are invited to attend a special breakfast, Agriculture in Durham County, at the Durham office of the NC Cooperative Extension (721 Foster St) on Thursday, June 8, 7:30–9am. Join the conversation about seeing what current and future local farmers need to grow successful, viable crops. Reserve your spot by the end of the day Tuesday, June 6 by contacting Pana Jones at 919-560-0525 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pollinator Garden Tour
Celebrate National Pollinator Week by taking a Keep Durham Beautiful’s Pollinator Garden Tour on Saturday, June 24, 9am–1pm. KDB’s Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Program has 13 participating community gardens throughout the city, and they are fulfilling the goal of encouraging bird/bee/butterfly/bug activity, which keeps local flower and crop plantings viable and productive. See the colorful gardens and pick up tips on how to please the pollinators in your garden. Tickets are $10, $8 for bicyclists, and $18 for carpoolers; call 919-354-2729 or click here for more info and to purchase your ticket.
Learn the basics of vegetable gardening
An online how-to publication, Vegetable Gardening: A Beginners’s Guide, is available on the NC Cooperative Extension website. Learn what to plant, and when, and how to prepare the growing site for optimum results. Click here for the link.
Planning your outdoor space
Now that spring is here, it’s the perfect time to survey our properties to determine whether improvements should be made this year. The document below offers lots of suggestions for various areas
Digging Durham Seed Library
A creative partnership of the Durham County Library, SEEDS, the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, NC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, and the Durham Library Foundation has resulted in the Digging Durham Seed Library. Now you have a place to donate extra seeds from your garden and choose get flower, vegetable, herb, and open-pollinated (heirloom) seeds to take home. (You don’t have to give in order to receive.) The South Regional, East Regional, North Regional, and Southwest Regional libraries have seed libraries. Contact Margaret Anderson at 919-560-8598 or email@example.com for more details.
Tell us your success story about planting a garden using seeds from the Digging Durham Seed Library:
Main Library—300 N Roxboro St, 919-560-0100 [closed; under renovation]
South Regional—4505 S Alston Ave, 919-560-7409
East Regional—211 Lick Creek Ln, 919-560-0203
North Regional—221 Milton Rd, 919-560-0231
Southwest Regional—3605 Shannon Rd, 919-560-8590.
A Summer Rose Care Workshop will be given at Witherspoon Rose Culture (4800 Garrett Rd) on Saturday, July 15, 10am. It’s free; call 800-643-0315 for more info.