Almanac Gardener


Plants that Control Insects

What plants can help control insects from eating your favorite plants? Mike Gray and the panel of horticultural experts recommend several plants that will keep insects from nesting and eating your houseplants.

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Getting the Most From Your Tomato Crop

Lucy Bradley visit the Raleigh City Farm to uncover the answer to what happens to tomato plants when there leaves began to curl up? Chris Gunter, Extension Specialist, at NCSU, give Lucy an understanding to what happens to plants.

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Building Community Gardens

Gardens" Mike Gray and the panel of horticultural experts from NCSU Cooperative Extension give insights to starting and maintaining a community garden. They explain how community gardens bring many people together to grow and share their favorite fruits or plants with others.

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Growing Day Lilies at Lakeview Farm

Jeana Myers, Horticultural Agent in Wake County, visits the Lakeview Daylily Farm, to get the scoop on growing beautiful Day Lilies. Owner, Noel Weston, share techniques to growing and planting a variety of Day Lilies.

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Filbert Trees are good for Hedges

Mike Gray and the Horticultural Agents demonstrate how Filbert trees can be grown as a shrub, hedge or a tree in landscapes. Mike and guests also answers viewer questions sent in to the show.

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Terraced Hydrangea Garden

Scott Welborn shares why Hydrangea can be the perfect plant for landscapes with terraces. Hydrangea plants can bring beauty to unattractive slope areas in landscapes.

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Showing Passalong Plants

Mike Gray and guest share tips to selecting Passalong plants that will thrive and grow in the everyday garden. Mike and guests also answers viewer questions sent in to the show.

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Growing Spring Onion

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

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The Blooming of Rare Plants

Mike Gray and the panel of experts from NCSU share some green plants that are less likely to blossom in the spring season. They also answer various gardening questions sent over the Internet from viewers.

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Growing Spring Greens

Bill Lord demonstrates how to start growing Lettuce, Spinach, Beets and other green plants in the spring season.

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Using A Broadfork to Handle Garden Jobs

Mike Gray and the panel of experts break out the Broadfork, an old garden tool, to put some fun back into gardening. They also answer various gardening questions sent over the Internet from viewers.

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Growing New Blackberries in NC

Amy-Lynn travels to the Piedmont Research Station to uncover some of the best new variety of Blackberries to grow in North Carolina. She visits Hunter Berrier, a Researcher, who takes her on a tour of two Blackberry fields.

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Growing Beautiful Cover Crops

Mike Gray and guests explore ways to grow cover crops in the spring season. They share secrets to growing beautiful Crimson Clover so they’re ready to show off in spring.

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Well Mannered Pollinator Garden

Scott Welborn takes a tour through the Tanglewood Arboretum to highlight the well-planned and organized pollination garden. The spacious garden attracts many visitors daily to admire its beauty.

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Attracting Birds to Landscapes 1

Lucy Bradley interviews Chris Moorman, NCSU, Forestry /Environmental Res., on how to attract birds to landscapes. Lucy and Christ Moorman also reveals the importance of water attracting attracting birds to landscapes.

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Selecting Salad from a Mesclun Mix

Join Mike Gray and the panel of agriculture experts from NCSU Cooperative Extension as they kick off Almanac Gardener’s 33nd season discussing the selection of best mix greens to create an Mesclun Salad.

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Growing Spring Potatoes

Bill Lord demonstrates how to start growing potatoes in the spring season so viewers can have great tasting potatoes all summer long.

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Controlling Rose Rosette Disease

Karen Neill demonstrates how to control Rose Rosette Disease that is common to form on roses. Karen also reveals how to get rid of the disease on roses.

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Growing Healthy Rhododendron

Mike Gray and his guests discuss ways to grow beautiful Rhododendron. They also answer your gardening questions.

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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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Growing Fall Collards 2

Bill Lord takes a tour of his garden and recommends growing collards in the fall season. Bill also shares some old-fashion methods to growing large size collards.

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Controlling Pests in the Fall Garden

Mike Gray and his guests discuss ways to grow a fall garden. They also answer your gardening questions.

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Master Gardener Water Wise Garden

Jeana Myers and Trish McPherson, a Master Gardener in Wake County, visit the NC State Fair to demonstrate how to be water wise when starting or maintaining a garden.

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Planting Dogwoods

Mike Gray and his guests discuss ways and the best time to plant trees. They also answer your gardening questions.

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Plants that Control Insects

What plants can help control insects? Mike Gray and the panel recommend several plants.

Getting the Most From Your Tomato Crop

Lucy Bradley visits the Raleigh City Farm to uncover why tomato plant leaves curl up?

Building Community Gardens

Mike Gray and the panel explain how community gardens bring people together grow plants.

Growing Day Lilies at Lakeview Farm

Jeana Myers visits the Lakeview Daylily Farm to learn how to grow a variety of Day Lilies.

Filbert Trees are good for Hedges

Mike Gray and the Horticultural Agents show how Filbert trees can be grown as a shrub.

Terraced Hydrangea Garden

Scott Welborn shares why Hydrangea can be the perfect plant for landscapes.

Showing Passalong Plants

Mike Gray and guest share tips to selecting Passalong plants for the everyday garden.

Growing Spring Onion

Bill shows how to start growing onions in the spring to enjoy eating during the season.

The Blooming of Rare Plants

Mike Gray and the panel of experts share some green plants that are less likely to blossom

Growing Spring Greens

Bill Lord demonstrates how to start growing Lettuce, Spinach, Beets and other green plants

Using A Broadfork to Handle Garden Jobs

Mike Gray and the panel of experts break out the Broadfork to put fun back into gardening.

Growing New Blackberries in NC

Amy-Lynn visits Hunter Berrier, a Researcher, who takes her on a tour of two Blackberry

Growing Beautiful Cover Crops

Mike Gray and guests explore ways to grow beautiful Crimson Clover.

Well Mannered Pollinator Garden

Scott Welborn takes a tour of the Tanglewood Arboretum to show the pollination garden.

Attracting Birds to Landscapes 1

Lucy Bradley interviews Chris Moorman on how to attract birds to landscapes.

Selecting Salad from a Mesclun Mix

Join Mike Gray and the panel of agriculture experts as they share ways to selecting gree

Growing Spring Potatoes

Bill Lord shows how to start growing potatoes in the spring to enjoy eating in the summe

Controlling Rose Rosette Disease

Karen Neill demonstrates how to control Rose Rosette Disease on roses.

Growing Healthy Rhododendron

Mike Gray and guests discuss ways to grow beautiful Rhododendron.

Caring for Orchids

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

Growing Fall Collards 2

Bill Lord shares some old-fashion methods to growing large size collards.

Controlling Pests in the Fall Garden

Mike Gray and guests discuss ways to grow a fall garden.

Master Gardener Water Wise Garden

Jeana Myers and Trish McPherson to demonstrate how to be water wise when starting.

Planting Dogwoods

Mike Gray and guests discuss ways and the best time of the year to plant trees.

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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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