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Updated Jun 11, 2015 at 1:08 PM

As the Catalinas so aptly put it, summertime is calling me and you to enjoy all of the wonderful outdoor activities available in the Cape Fear region. You might be sailing on or rocking the boat or just hanging out by the dock of the bay, but — for those of us with a bit of soil in our veins — the hot weather doesn't stop our garden party.

Updated Jun 10, 2015 at 3:43 PM

Over the years, salvia, also referred to as sages, have been steadily growing in popularity. And why not? For the low-maintenance gardener, salvias offer an excellent addition to a coastal garden. Able to withstand the heat, the humidity, drought,...

Updated May 28, 2015 at 1:12 PM

In a world of limited time and space, container gardening seems to make more and more sense, allowing you to create special gardens to fit any situation. Successful container gardeners know that a good looking, well-maintained and long-lasting...

Updated May 21, 2015 at 12:08 PM

Ask most gardeners about sweet-smelling flowering shrubs for the garden and “gardenia” will be at the top of the list. This prom corsage favorite is a little too sickeningly-sweet for my taste, but it does a great job of perfuming the garden.

Updated May 14, 2015 at 1:49 PM

Looking for native plants? Worried about Bambi sneaking into your garden and destroying your hostas? A problem for many gardeners, deer seem to feed on just about everything, aside from maybe those inflatable palm trees you see at the pool. But...

Updated May 7, 2015 at 1:48 PM

Did you know that one-third of human crops rely on pollination? Many flowering plants depend on pollinators such as ants, bats, beetles, birds, butterflies, flies, moths, wasps and bees to transfer pollen from the male to the female parts of the...

Updated Apr 30, 2015 at 1:49 PM

People who thrive with a little sand in their shoes know nothing beats a perfectly steamed oyster; a low-tide, evening stroll with someone special; and a simple, six-count shuffle where you can hit the dance floor and still hold on to your adult...

Updated Apr 23, 2015 at 11:12 AM

A mild winter and a wet, warm spring certainly means that vegetable garden pests are active and you are likely already spotting them on your vegetables. Though in low numbers now, there are not many days left before a few pests could become a major...

Updated Apr 16, 2015 at 1:25 PM

“Ain’t nothing better than a home-grown, one-slicer tomato sandwich,” commented the exasperated gardener visiting Cooperative Extension’s Plant Clinic last week, “but all my plants either die before I get even one tomato or stop producing when it...

Updated Apr 9, 2015 at 12:18 PM

As soon as that first 85-degree day rolls around I am miserable and just about the only thing that keeps me going in the summer months is the promise of that first ripe watermelon off the vine.

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