Almanac Gardener


Working with House Plants

Working to get houseplants to grow can be a real challenge. Mike Gray and the panel shares tips on turning plant-growing challenges into an opportunity to check and change plant soils. Mike and guests also answers various gardening questions sent to the show from viewers.

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Packing Cool Season Vegetables

Jeana Myers takes to her backyard and demonstrates how to start and grow cool season greens. Jeana helps growers to get ready for planting vegetables that will flourish in the fall.

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Visiting A Veggie Exhibit

Bill Lord takes another visit to the NC State Fair to survey award-winning vegetables grown by competitive growers from across the state.

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Planting Fall Gardens

Mike Gray and the panel of experts from NCSU emphasizes the importance of getting a head start on planting fall gardens. They also answers various gardening questions sent to the show from viewers.

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Growing a Fesque Lawn

Bill Lord visits with Grady Miller at the NCSU Turf Grass Research Center to show various fesque grasses that will grow successfully in the mountains, piedmont, triangle and coastal regions of NC.

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Creating a Community Garden

Jeana Myers visits the Well Fed Community Garden located in Raleigh to learn how Jennifer Sanford-Johnson manages to produce plenty of food to supply a local restaurant, church and community.

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Having Fun with Coleus

Mike Gray and guests highlights several coleus plants that will add beautiful colors to landscapes, home interiors and gardens. They also shares tips on keeping coleus plants looking colorful throughout the year. Mike and the panel answers questions from viewers.

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Using Southern Magnolias for Decorations

Jeana Myers travels to Weston Farms to interview Erin Weston on using Southern Magnolias for decorations in homes. Erin shows how to take clippings from branches and leaves of magnolias and make beautiful arrangements for holidays and other special occasions.

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Caring for Orchids

Charlotte Glen visit the Orchid Gallery in Chatham County to get the real scoop on how to make the plant colors of a orchid to standout. Jeff Baldwin, Owner, list his favorite Orchid to grow during the summer season.

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Using Multipurpose Plants

Mike Gray and guests shares special plants that can be used for cooking, home remedies and decorations. The multipurpose plants can also be grown indoors and outdoors. Mike and the guests also answers viewers gardening questions.

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Making Safe Compost

You’re not sure if the compost you’re creating is safe, Jeana Myers explains what elements used in composting are dangerous. Jeana also demonstrates the easy way to mixing and making natural compost and explains composting benefits.

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Keeping Your Chain Saw Running Smoothly

Bill Lord revisits with Steve Rose at Stone Bros. & Byrd to learn the secrets in keeping chain saws running smoothly during the busy tree and shrubbery cutting seasons. Scott also shares tips to storing chain saws so they’re ready to run smoothly at the beginning of the cutting seasons.

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Controlling the Climate

ke Gray and the Almanac Gardener panel discusses how plant growers can build small innovative greenhouses to help control hot, cold and wet climates, and produce nice and healthier plants. Mike and panel also answers viewers gardening questions.

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Formal Boxwood Garden

Scott Welborn tours the Tanglewood Park Arboretum to highlight its Boxwood Pattern Garden that attracts many tourists because of its beauty. Scott also demonstrates how to trim and keep boxwood plants looking beautiful.

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Kids & Seeding Squares

Mike Gray and guests shares a fun approach to getting kids to help plant seeds in gardens. They show gardeners how to get kids using a seeding square that helps place seed in the ground at the right distance and depth. Mike and the guests also answers viewers gardening questions.

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An Original NC Yard

What are some of the new varieties of grasses that will be available in the future to grow in NC? Bill Lord visits the NCSU Turf Grass Research Center to interview Grady Miller who shares a variety of new grasses that will be available to grow in lawns throughout the state.

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Growing Raspberries

Lucy Bradley and Gina Fernandez takes viewers through the steps to growing raspberries on small and large trellises. They also share the best locations in landscapes to start growing raspberry plants.

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Sticky Traps for Bugs

What is the best way to catch an irritating bug? Mike Gray and the horticultural guests suggests the use of a sticky trap to get rid of the bugs. They also demonstrates ways to use the trap to catch a variety of annoying bugs. Mike and the panel answers questions from viewers.

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Using Lemongrass in Cooking

Mike Gray and the panel of agents gives tips on growing lemongrass and using the plant as a culinary herb. Lemongrass can be dried and powered or used fresh in teas, soups, curries and food. Mike and the panel answers questions from viewers.

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Backyard Blue Birds

Jeana Myers invites Bill Satterwhite, aka the Blue Bird Man of Wake County, to her backyard and explains how to care for baby Blue Birds. Bill shares information that dispels old myths on caring for Blue Birds.

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Solving Tomato Problems

Lucy Bradley visits with Chris Gunter, Extension Specialist at NCSU, to checkout the latest research on growing healthier tomatoes. Lucy and Chris also share tips to growing tomatoes on trellises.

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Prize Winning Watermelons

Bill Lords visits the NC State Fair to get the scoop on who won the contest for growing the largest watermelon. Bill interviews HC Williams of Bailey NC, the winner of the watermelon contest, to uncover his secrets to growing the largest watermelon.

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Protection from UV Rays

Mike Gray and guests gives helpful advice to protecting skin from the harmful sunlight UV rays while working outdoors. Mike and the guests also answers viewers gardening questions.

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Taking Care of Lawnmowers

Bill Lord gets some helpful tips from Steve Rose, an Equipment Repair Specialist at Stone Bros. & Byrd, to getting lawnmowers ready for the busy mowing season. Bill and Steve also gives advice on caring for lawnmowers after the mowing season ends.

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Working with House Plants

Mike Gray and the panel shares tips on turning plant-growing into an opportunity to check

Packing Cool Season Vegetables

Jeana Myers helps growers to get ready for planting vegetables.

Visiting A Veggie Exhibit

Bill Lord visits the NC State Fair to survey award-winning vegetables.

Planting Fall Gardens

Mike Gray and panel emphasizes the importance of getting a head start on fall gardens.

Growing a Fesque Lawn

Bill Lord visits Grady Miller to show various fesque grasses that will grow successfully i

Creating a Community Garden

Jeana Myers visits Jennifer Sanford-Johnson to learn how she feeds the local community.

Having Fun with Coleus

This episode highlights several coleus plants that adds beautiful colors to landscapes.

Using Southern Magnolias for Decorations

Jeana Myers interviews Erin Weston on using Southern Magnolias to decorate homes.

Caring for Orchids

Charlotte Glen visit the Orchid Gallery in Chatham County to get the scoop on growing orch

Using Multipurpose Plants

Mike Gray and guests shows plants that can be placed indoors and outdoors.

Making Safe Compost

Jeana Myers explains the easy way to mixing and making natural compost.

Keeping Your Chain Saw Running Smoothly

Bill Lord revisits with Steve Rose to learn the secrets in keeping chain saws running smoo

Controlling the Climate

Mike Gray and panel discusses how plant growers can build small innovative greenhouses.

Formal Boxwood Garden

Scott Welborn demonstrates how to trim and keep boxwood plants looking beautiful.

Kids & Seeding Squares

Mike Gray and panel gets kids using a seeding square to help place seed in the ground.

An Original NC Yard

Bill Lord interviews Grady Miller who shares information on new grasses.

Growing Raspberries

Lucy Bradley and Gina Fernandez shares information on growing raspberry plants.

Sticky Traps for Bugs

Mike Gray and guests demonstrates ways to use a sticky trap to catch bugs.

Using Lemongrass in Cooking

Mike Gray and agents gives tips to using lemongrass in teas and soups.

Backyard Blue Birds

Jeana Myers interviews Bill Satterwhite on caring for baby Blue Birds.

Solving Tomato Problems

Lucy Bradley visits with Chris Gunter to get tips on growing tomatoes.

Prize Winning Watermelons

Bill Lords interviews HC Williams to uncover his secrets to growing the largest watermelon

Protection from UV Rays

Mike Gray and guests gives advice to protecting skin from sunlight UV rays.

Taking Care of Lawnmowers

Bill and Steve gives advice on caring for lawnmowers after the mowing season ends.

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Whether you’d like to cultivate a window box of flowers, a backyard patch of vegetables, or an acre full of healthy grasses, join Almanac Gardener's gardening guru Mike Gray, as he and his fellow experts from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at North Carolina State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences take viewers through the finer points of garden planning, maintenance & blooming innovation.

Over the 20 week season, airing April to August, each episode of this long-running, home horticultural series plants fertile ideas with timely features highlighting local landscaping techniques, vegetable & flower gardening, water conservation, beneficial bugs and much more! So, no matter whether you’re a late bloomer in the garden or a resident green thumb, this informative original series addresses all of your growing concerns with half-hour episodes chock full of the latest gardening tips, techniques and insights.

Specifically this season, amid the stressful economy, the long-running series focuses on saving your money with informative segments highlighting home vegetable planting and preparing fresh vegetables right from the garden.

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