Almanac Gardener


Problems with Ferns

Mike Gray and guests discusses the harmful problems that affect the growth of fern plants. Mike and guests also answers a number of plant questions sent in to the show from viewers.

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Growing Grass in the City

Bill Lord interviews George Davis, Owner of Stone Bros. & Byrd Store, on the importance of selecting the best grass seeds for starting and reseeding lawns growing in urban areas.

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Fall Broccoli & Cabbage

Bill Lord takes a tour of his garden and demonstrates how to start and successfully grow broccoli and cabbage in the fall season.

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Growing Ornamental Sweet Potatoes

Mike Gray and his horticultural guests share tips on growing Ornamental Sweet Potatoes. Mike and guests also answers a number of plant questions sent in to the show from viewers.

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Building an Herb Spiral

Karen Neill demonstrates some innovative ways to build an Herb Spiral using a wooden pallet. She also lists a variety of plants and materials to utilize in building an herb spiral.

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The Wilson Botanical Garden

Cyndi Lauderdale, Horticultural Agent, tours the Wilson Botanical Gardens and highlights the variety of colorful plants that lures people from surrounding communities to visit the gardens. Cyndi also shares how the garden's library book system is attracting kids to visit the gardens.

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Plants Needing Extra Care

Mike Gray, Karen Neill and Jeana Myers share a number of plants that needs extra care to grow in 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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Creating Container Gardens

Lizzie Lathers, Horticultural Technician at the JC Raulston Arboretum, demonstrates how to create a colorful container garden using native plants. Lizzie also gives insights on when to create small container gardens, instead of large container gardens.

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Growing Fall Collards

Bill Lord takes a tour of his fall garden and share tips on growing delicious collard greens.

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Fall Color Plants

Mike Gray and the panel of guests suggest plants to grow in the fall season that will add color to landscapes. Mike and guests also answers a number of plant questions sent in to the show from viewers.

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How to Start Seedlings

Bill Lord visits SEEDS, a Non-profit Educational Community Garden, to interview Hilary Nichols, Garden Manager, on how to successfully start and grow plants from seedlings.

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Growing Brussels Sprouts in the Fall

Bill Lord gives insight on how to grow Brussels Sprout in the fall. Bill shares an innovative way to grow very tasty Brussels Sprout.

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Harvesting Kohlrabi

Mike Gray and the panel of guests discuss how to harvest Kohlrabi plants. Mike and guests also answers a number of plant questions sent in to the show from viewers.

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Backyard Butterflies

Bill Lord visits the Museum of Life & Science in Durham to talk with Butterfly House Director Ulrich Hartmond. Ulrich shares how the museum environment help expands the bufferfly population.

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Potting Viburnum Plants

Mike Gray and the show’s visiting agents talk about propagating and transitioning Viburnum plants from landscapes to pots. Mike and guests also answers a number of plant questions sent in to the show from viewers.

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Attract Wildlife with Native Plants

Lucy Bradley and Chris Moorman, Forestry/Environmental Res., NCSU, describes methods for using native plants to attract wildlife into landscapes. Chris Moorman also shares ways to avoid attracting snakes to wildlife landscapes.

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Tips for Successful House Plants

Lucy Bradley interviews Diane Mays, Horticulturist, NCSU, to uncover top tips in successfully growing and caring for houseplants. Diane also tells how soap and water can be a solution to keeping plants clean of dust and insects.

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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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Problems with Ferns

Mike Gray and guests discusses the problems that affect the growth of fern plants.

Growing Grass in the City

Bill Lord interviews George Davis on the importance of selecting grass seeds for lawns.

Fall Broccoli & Cabbage

Bill Lord shows how to start and successfully grow broccoli and cabbage in the fall.

Growing Ornamental Sweet Potatoes

Mike Gray and guests share tips on growing Ornamental Sweet Potatoes.

Building an Herb Spiral

Karen Neill shows how to build an Herb Spiral using a wooden pallet and colorful plants.

The Wilson Botanical Garden

Cyndi Lauderdale tours the Wilson Botanical Gardens to show the variety of their plants.

Plants Needing Extra Care

Mike Gray, Karen Neill and Jeana Myers share plants that needs extra care in the summer.

Creating Container Gardens

Lizzie Lathers demonstrates how to create colorful container gardens using native plants.

Growing Fall Collards

Bill Lord takes a tour of his fall garden and share tips to growing collards.

Fall Color Plants

Mike Gray and guests suggest plants to grow in the fall season that add color to yards.

How to Start Seedlings

Bill Lord visits SEEDS, to interview Hilary Nichols, on how grow plants from seedlings.

Growing Brussels Sprouts in the Fall

Bill Lord shares an innovative way to grow tasty Brussels Sprout.

Harvesting Kohlrabi

Mike Gray and the panel of guests discuss how to harvest Kohlrabi plants.

Backyard Butterflies

Bill Lord visits with Butterfly House Director Ulrich Hartmond to talk about butterflies.

Potting Viburnum Plants

Mike Gray and agents talk about propagating and transitioning Viburnum plants to pots.

Attract Wildlife with Native Plants

Lucy Bradley and Chris Moorman describes ways to attract wildlife into landscapes.

Tips for Successful House Plants

Lucy Bradley and Diane Mays reveal tips to successful growing and caring for houseplants.

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 .

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Catch Almanac Gardener on UNC-TV
Saturdays at Noon with encore presentations Sundays at 10:30am!

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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