Almanac Gardener


Growing A Pollination Garden

Anne Edwards, Horticultural Agent in Carteret County, visits Harkers Island to talk with the coordinator of the Pollinator Flower Garden. Anne shares the best plants to include in gardens to attract insects.

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Curb Side Gardening

Bill Lord visits with Hilary Nichols, Manager of SEEDS, to talk about the new trend of curbside gardening. Hilary also shares safety tips on growing plants near curbsides.

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Controlling Summer Weeds

Mike Gray, along with Horticultural Agents, shares ways to get rid of those troublesome weeds during the hot summer season. Mike and guests also answers a number of plant questions sent in to the show from viewers.

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How to Plant a Tree

Bill Lord, along with Alex Johnson, City of Durham Arborist, walks through the steps of planting a new tree in landscapes.

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Growing Hot Weather Plants

Lizzie Lathers, Horticultural Technician, JC. Raulston Arboretum demonstrates several plants that grow and thrive in North Carolina's heat weather season.

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Checkout the Volcano Plant

Mike Gray and the panel display and talks about the new variety of Volcano plants that viewers can plant in the landscapes. Mike and guests also answers a number of plant questions sent in to the show from viewers.

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Growing Japanese Maple Trees

Charlotte Glen, Horticultural Agent in Chatham County, interviews Tom Ash on growing a variety of Japanese Maple trees. Tom Ash also shares tips on caring for Maple trees.

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Troubleshooting House Plants

Lucy Bradley and Diane Mays, Horticulturist, NCSU, discuss ways to troubleshoot problems with houseplants. Diane also lists solutions to several of the everyday problems with plants.

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Coastal Backyard Gardening

Anne Edwards discuss the need for raised beds to grow most months of the year on the coast. She also shows how garden leftovers are fed to chickens and how rain barrels are used to collect water for the hens.

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Planting Fall Garden Early

Mike Gray and the panel of experts express reasons to why homeowners should begin to plan and start fall gardening in July. Mike and guests also answers a number of plant questions sent in to the show from viewers.

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Attracting Butterflies

Build it, and they will come," says Chris Moorman, Biology Professor at NCSU. Lucy Bradley and Chris Moorman talks about what really attracts butterflies to plants in homeowner’s yards. Chris Moorman also shares resources to identify the various butterflies that are native to North Carolina.

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DeValuing Dandelions

Mike Gray and his horticultural guests uncovers new benefits to using dandelion plants to help beautify landscapes. Mike and guests also answers a number of plant questions sent in to the show from viewers.

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Checkout a Bee Hive

Will Hooker, Horticultural Agent, NCSU, talks with Ben Crawley, Bee Keeper, Raleigh, to determine why bees become unproductive in Bee Hives. Will Hooker and Ben Crawley also share helpful hits on reviving an unproductive Bee Hive.

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Controlling Voles in Landscapes

Lucy Bradley talks with Peter Herti, Research Assist at NCSU, about controlling Voles that reap problems in landscapes.

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Sandhills Farm to Market

Stephen Greer talks with a local farmer and horticultural agents in Moore County on the workings of the Sandhills Farm to Market program. The program was set up to help farmers explore new markets to sell their produce.

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Selecting Flowering Annuals

Mike Gray and the AG guests share ways to select beautiful flowering annuals to add to viewer’s landscapes. Mike and guests also answers a number of plant questions sent in to the show from viewers.

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Growing NC Native Plants

Mike Gray and the AG guests discuss which native plants are best grown in North Carolina. Mike and guests also answers a number of plant questions sent in to the show from viewers.

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Simpson's Farm Produce

Anne Edwards visits with George Simpson of Simpson's Farm Greenhouses to share his techniques in growing squash and tomatoes in a greenhouse environment.

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Controlling Fire Blight

Karen Neill demonstrates how to kill insects that cause damage to outside and indoor plants. Karen also share some insights to controlling fire blight.

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Monitoring for Gypsy Moth

Mike Gray and the panel of experts explains why they and other agencies monitor plants for Gypsy Moths. Mike and guests also answers a number of plant questions sent in to the show from viewers.

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FoodCorp Harvest

Karen Neill talks with local FoodCorp members on how to get kids involved in growing their own produce.

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Food Safety for Backyard Gardeners

Karen Neill demonstrates safety principles that all gardeners should undertake when working in small and large gardens.

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Growing Ornamental Lillies

Michelle Wallace, Horticultural Agent in Durham County, interviews Michael Turner of Sarah & Michael Farm on how to grow beautiful ornamental lilies.

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Garden Activities for Kids

Mike Gray and the horticultural experts shares various fun garden activities to keep kids engaged in gardening throughout the summer months. Mike and guests also answers a number of plant questions sent in to the show from viewers.

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Growing A Pollination Garden

Anne Edwards visits Harkers Island to talk with the garden coordinator about polinators.

Curb Side Gardening

Bill Lord visits with Hilary Nichols to talk about the new trend of curbside gardening.

Controlling Summer Weeds

Mike Gray and Horticultural Agents shares ways to get rid of weeds during the summer.

How to Plant a Tree

Bill Lord and Alex Johnson walks through the steps of planting a new tree in landscapes.

Growing Hot Weather Plants

Lizzie Lathers shows several plants that flourish in North Carolina's heat weather.

Checkout the Volcano Plant

Mike Gray and the panel display and talks about the new variety of Volcano plants.

Growing Japanese Maple Trees

Charlotte Glen interviews Tom Ash on growing a variety of Charlotte Glen interviews Tom .

Troubleshooting House Plants

Lucy Bradley and Diane Mays discuss ways to troubleshoot problems with houseplants.

Coastal Backyard Gardening

Anne Edwards share the need for raised beds to grow most months of the year on the coast.

Planting Fall Garden Early

Mike Gray and the panelist express reasons why start fall gardening in July.

Attracting Butterflies

Lucy Bradley and Chris Moorman talks about what really attracts butterflies to plants.

DeValuing Dandelions

Mike Gray and guests uncovers new benefits to using dandelion plants in landscapes.

Checkout a Bee Hive

Will Hooker and Ben Crawley also share helpful hits on reviving an unproductive Bee Hive.

Controlling Voles in Landscapes

Lucy Bradley talks with Peter Herti about controlling Voles in landscapes.

Sandhills Farm to Market

Stephen Greer talks about the workings of the Sandhills Farm to Market program.

Selecting Flowering Annuals

Mike Gray and the AG guests share ways to select beautiful flowering annual.

Growing NC Native Plants

Mike Gray and the AG guests discuss which native plants are best grown in North Carolina

Simpson's Farm Produce

Anne Edwards visits Simpson's Farm Greenhouses to learn how to grow squashes and tomatoe

Controlling Fire Blight

Karen also share some insights to controlling fire blight.

Monitoring for Gypsy Moth

Mike Gray and panelist explains why they monitor plants for Gypsy Moths.

FoodCorp Harvest

Karen Neill talks with local FoodCorp members on getting kids to grow produce.

Food Safety for Backyard Gardeners

Karen Neill demonstrates safety principles that all gardeners should use in gardening.

Growing Ornamental Lillies

Michelle Wallace and Michael Turner share how to grow beautiful ornamental lilies.

Garden Activities for Kids

Mike Gray and the experts shares fun garden activities to keep kids engaged in gardening.

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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.

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