Almanac Gardener


Backyard Chickens

Jeana Myers, Horticultural Agent, Wake County share helpful information on how viewers can grow and care for their very own chickens.

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Better Garden Tools

Mike Gray and the panel of experts recommend several tools to work with in the garden this season. Mike and guests also answers a number of plant questions sent in to the show from viewers.

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Growing Spring Carrots

Bill Lord shows how to start growing carrots in the spring season so viewers can have great tasting carrots to eat throughout the summer season.

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Camellia Flower Choices

Mike Gray and the horticultural experts discuss the various Camellia flowers that homeowners can grow in North Carolina. Mike and guests also answers a number of plant questions sent in to the show from viewers.

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Rain Garden Protection

Anne Edwards interviews Gwendy Womble, Master Gardener Rain Garden, NC Aquarium, Pine Knoll Shores, on growing the right plants for rain gardens.

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Using Bamboo in the Garden

Jeana Myers, Horticultural Agent, Wake County, and Will Hooker, Horticultural Professor at NCSU, describe the differences between Running and Clumping bamboos. They also recommend which bamboo to grow in small and large landscapes.

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A Durham Landmark

Bill Lord visits a ninety-nine year landmark, the Stone Brothers & Byrd Garden Center in downtown Durham, to highlight the helpful services and tips to growing and caring for plants.

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Teaching Kids Gardening

Mike Gray and the AG panelist share tips with parents and teacher on how to get youth interested in gardening. Mike and guests also answers a number of plant questions sent in to the show from viewers.

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Passalong Plants

Mike Gray and the horticultural experts discuss sharing Verbena, Manna, Butterfly Weed & Four O’clock plants as passalong plants to friends and neighbors. Mike and guests also answers a number of plant questions sent in to the show from viewers.

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Rose Rosetta Disease

Karen Neill shares helpful information to spotting Rosetta disease on roses. She also shares several solutions to successfully get rid of the Rosetta disease on plants.

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Urban Landscapings

Bill Lord visits the Durham Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham to checkout some new landscaping ways that landscapers used to renovate old tobacco warehouse areas.

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Certifying Mulches

Lucy Bradley, Extension Urban Horticultural Specialist, pays a visit to NCSU campus to interview Dr. Bill Fonteno on the procedures to certifying mulches used for landscaping lawns.

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Plant Backyard Orchard

Linda Blue shares valuable tips on planting and enjoying your very own backyard orchard. Linda also gives some of the challenges to starting and caring for an orchard.

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Fending off Deer

Mike Gray and the panel of experts share innovative ways to fend off deer from eating yard plants. Mike and guests also answers a number of plant questions sent in to the show from viewers.

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Looking for Bugs

Mike Gray and the AG panelist discuss some nifty ways to capture and identify bugs so viewers know which bugs are harmless to them. Mike and guests also answers a number of plant questions sent in to the show from viewers.

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Beneficial Pest

Jeana Myers, Horticultural Agent, Wake County share helpful ways to identify pest that are beneficial for viewers to have in their gardens and yards.

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Controlling Mosquitoes

Mike Gray and the horticultural experts talk about ways to capture, identify and control mosquitoes from biting viewers. Mike and guests also answers a number of plant questions sent in to the show from viewers.

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Fixing Figs

Brenda Sutton, “The Produce Lady”, demonstrate ways to prepare figs. She also shares several ways to mix figs with other hot food items for tasty snacks.

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Selecting the Right House Plant

Lucy Bradley visits with Diane Mays at NCSU to talk about selecting the right plants for homes. Lucy and Diane will also share tips to keeping plants healthy.

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Planting Helleborus Plants

Mike Gray and the show guests present a variety of Helleborus plants, as well as, discuss how to keep plants looking great. Mike and guests also answers a number of plant questions sent in to the show from viewers.

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Growing Yarrow Plants

Mike Gray and the horticultural panel converse on planting colorful Yarrow plants, as well as, share the best time of the year to plant and to divide existing Yarrow plants. Mike and guests also answers a number of plant questions sent in to the show from viewers.

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Growing Baptisia Plants

Mike Gray and the horticultural agents uncover some clever ways to growing and caring for colorful Baptisia plants. Mike and agents also answer a number of horticultural questions sent in to the show from viewers.

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Creating A Bog Garden

Anne Edwards, Horticultural Agent in Carteret County, visits Gwendy Womble of the NC Aquarium; Pine Knoll Shores, to talk about setting up a Carnivorous Bog Garden.

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Selecting House Plants

Lucy Bradley talks with Diane Mays of NC State Un. Fox Greenhouse on sharing ten tips to successful growing and caring for house plants.

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Backyard Chickens

Jeana Myers share information on how viewers can grow and care for their very own chickens

Better Garden Tools

Mike Gray and the panel of experts recommend several tools to work with in the garden.

Growing Spring Carrots

Bill Lord shows how to start growing carrots in the spring season to enjoy eating in the s

Camellia Flower Choices

Mike Gray and the hoarticultural experts discuss the various Cameilla flowers that homeown

Rain Garden Protection

Anne Edwards interviews Gwendy Womble on growing the right plants for rain gardens.

Using Bamboo in the Garden

Jeana Myers and Will Hooker describe the differences between Running and Clumping bamboos.

A Durham Landmark

Bill Lord visits the Stone Brothers & Byrd Garden Center in downtown Durham.

Teaching Kids Gardening

Mike Gray and the AG panelist share tips with educators on how to get youth interested in

Passalong Plants

Mike Gray and the horticultural experts discuss sharing passalong plants with friends and

Rose Rosetta Disease

Karen Neill shares helpful information to spotting Rosetta disease on roses.

Urban Landscapings

Bill Lord visits the Durham Tobacco Campus to checkout their new landscape.

Certifying Mulches

Lucy Bradley visits the NCSU campus to talk to Dr. Bill Fonteno on certifying mulches.

Plant Backyard Orchard

Linda Blue shares helpful tips on planting and enjoying your very own backyard orchard.

Fending off Deer

Mike Gray and the panel of experts share innovative ways to fend off deer.

Looking for Bugs

Mike Gray and the AG panelist discuss some nifty ways to capture and identify bugs.

Beneficial Pest

Jeana Myers share helpful ways to identify pest that are beneficial to have in gardens.

Controlling Mosquitoes

Mike Gray and the horticultural experts talk about ways to capture and control mosquitoes.

Fixing Figs

Brenda Sutton demonstrate several ways to mix figs with other food items for tasty snacks.

Selecting the Right House Plant

Lucy Bradley visits with Diane Mays at NCSU to talk about selecting plants for homes.

Planting Helleborus Plants

Mike Gray and guests present Helleborus plants and how to keep plants looking great.

Growing Yarrow Plants

Mike Gray and the horticultural panel talk about planting colorful Yarrow plants.

Growing Baptisia Plants

Mike Gray and agents uncover clever ways to growing colorful Baptisia plants.

Creating A Bog Garden

Anne Edwards visits the NC Aquarium Pine Knoll Shores to see the Carnivorous Bog Garden.

Selecting House Plants

Lucy Bradley talks with Diane Mays, NCSU Fox Greenhouse, on caring for houseplants.

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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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