Horticulture agent leaves list of resources before moving on


Charlotte Glen, the horticulture agent with the Pender County Cooperative Extension of NC State University, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, has moved on to the Chatham County Center in Pittsboro — but leaves behind a list of resources still in the region.

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 01:27 PM.

May 30th was my last day as the horticulture agent for the Pender County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, and this will be my last article for this region. I have greatly enjoyed working with the people and communities of the Cape Fear area for the past 12 years and am honored to have been able to share gardening information and advice with you. Just because I will no longer be in the area does not mean you will be without access to gardening expertise and knowledge from Cooperative Extension.

Online gardening resources

In addition to county extension centers located in Burgaw, Wilmington, Bolivia and Jacksonville, Cooperative Extension has many online resources to help you successfully and sustainably care for your lawn and garden. For help selecting ornamental plants for your landscape, visit the extension’s online plant database, plants.ces.ncsu.edu, which allows you to search for plants based on plant type, mature height, light needs, flower color and other characteristics. If you are interested in landscaping for wildlife, be sure to check out the Going Native website, ncsu.edu/goingnative, where you can learn how to enhance your landscape for pollinators, birds, and wildlife using plants native to your region.

The Extension Gardener newsletter will keep you up to date on current gardening issues and chores. Available from extensiongardener.ces.ncsu.edu, the newsletter is written by extension agents across the state. Regional issues for the mountains, piedmont and coastal plain are published four times a year. For access to all of NC Extension’s gardening resources, visit the Extension Gardening Portal, gardening.ces.ncsu.edu, where you will find links to topics including gardening how-to, pests, weeds, and soils, as well as links to sites about the Extension Master Gardener program, community gardening, and therapeutic horticulture.

For turf information, make Extension’s TurfFiles website your first stop, turffiles.ncsu.edu. Resources available from this extensive site include insect, disease, and weed fact sheets, turf maintenance calendars, pest alerts, turf and weed identification tools, and much more. If you can’t find what you’re looking for within NC Extension’s web resources, use Extension’s nationwide search engine, search.extension.org, to locate research-based, non-biased information available from wxtension systems across the United States.

Help with your gardening problems

Southeastern North Carolina is a challenging place to garden. Poor soils, extreme weather, and abundant pests work against your efforts to grow vegetables, fruits, lawns, and ornamental plants. Gardening problems are often complex and require expert help to diagnose. This help is available from your local Cooperative Extension office, usually free of charge.

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