Composting – Sarah P. Duke Gardens Thursday, October 24⋅7:00 – 9:00pm Sarah P. Duke Gardens 420 Anderson St, Durham, NC 27708 Composting by Georgeanne Sebastian and Darcey Martin
Discover the basics of successful composting and vermicomposting. Learn how to transform food scraps, leaves, and other organic materials into a nutrient-rich soil conditioner that will benefit your lawn and gardens.
Public Events Is your community planning a feast, fair or festival? Add to the excitement by inviting the Master Gardeners to staff a table at which your guests can have their gardening questions answered. Our “Ask an Expert” program travels all over Durham County to provide this service. Call 919-560-0528 to make a request or learn more.
Soil Sampling Statewide, the soil sampling kits and associated paperwork are now available in Spanish and English! Locally, you may pick them up at 721 Foster Street in Durham from the Durham County Master Gardener office.
The season for free soil samples is coming to a close next month. The last day that samples will be collected at 721 Foster Street is November 25, 2019. From December 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020 residents will be responsible for delivery of their soil samples to the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences in Raleigh and paying for their soil to be tested ($4.00 per box). Extension will resume accepting soil samples on March 19, 2020. There is much to gain by testing your soil! Learn more.
New Partnership with HUB Farm Durham County Master Gardeners now serve The Hub Farm, a 30-acre farm, forest, and aquatic educational center in Durham whose mission is to improve the academic achievement and well-being of students in Durham Public Schools through experiential outdoor learning. Hub Farm engages students, teachers, and the greater Durham community in environmental stewardship, health and nutrition, and career development. The farm is a program of Durham Public Schools Career-Technical Education Department and is guided by a small staff and advisory board. It is located at 117 Milton Road. Learn more about Hub Farm.
Edible Plants Sale in April The addition of a greenhouse at Briggs Avenue Community Garden has enabled on-site seed-starting to flourish. The gardeners hope to share their bounty of seedlings of edible plants at an Earth Day event in Durham in 2020. Stay tuned for more information!
NC Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox Though still a work in progress, the North Carolina Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox is a great resource. It contains detailed descriptions and photographs of 3,311 plants that grow in and around North Carolina. You can search for a plant by its common name or its scientific name. Use the “Find a Plant” feature to select a plant for a specific location, or try “Identify a Plant” to determine the name of a plant based on its flower and leaf characteristics.
The primary goal of the plant database is to help consumers select plants that will bring them joy, provide a valuable function in their landscape, and thrive where planted. Users are encouraged to consider year-round functionality and potential disease and insect problems as part of their selection process. Access the database at https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/ now and in the future. It will only get better!
Why We Study Soil – Durham Garden Forum Tuesday, October 15⋅7:00 – 8:30pm Sarah P. Duke Gardens 420 Anderson St, Durham, NC 27708 With Dr. David Crouse, Professor & Undergraduate Teaching Coordinator of Crop and Soil Science at North Carolina State University Soil is the basis of all garden success. Dr. David Crouse will outline some of the basic ecoservices provided by soil to give you the big picture of how soil impacts your garden and some specifics about how you can work to improve your soil.
The Durham Garden Forum is an informal group that meets once a month to enrich our gardening knowledge and skill, on Tuesdays, 7:00- 8:30 pm at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Lectures free for members, $10 general public. No pre-registration necessary.
Seed Saving – Durham Garden Center Saturday, October 12⋅10:00 – 11:00am Durham Garden Center 4536 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, NC 27705 Saving Seeds from our pollinating flowers, fruits or vegetables has been a life-skill for millenia. In the 21st century, seeds are readily available from many sources but if you wish to replicate that perfect tomato or zinnia that you grew this year again next season, this class will give you all the information you need.
Compost and Soil Saturday, September 14⋅10:00 – 11:00am Durham Garden Center, 4536 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, NC 27705 COMPOST & SOIL: The science, the mystery, the magic. This talk will address local soil issues and how such challenges can be overcome with information gleaned from soil testing as well as proper and timely amendments. The basics of successful composting and vermicomposting will offer tips on how to transform food scraps, leaves, clippings and other organic materials into a nutrient-rich soil conditioner that will benefit your lawn and gardens. Simple composting practices and procedures available to all will also be covered.