Learn With Us, week of July 27

Mosses – Fifth Season Gardening Co.
Saturday, July 27
10:00 – 11:00am
Fifth Season Gardening Co
106 S Greensboro St D, Carrboro, NC 27510
Our presenters will discuss enough natural history of mosses to make establishing and caring for a moss garden understandable. The session then will cover how to encourage moss already on the property, how to plant a new moss area, and how to keep things going. There will also be moss samples for pure enjoyment.

Cool Season Vegetables
Saturday, August 3 10:00 – 11:00am

For Garden’s Sake
9197 NC-751, Durham, NC 27713
Growing COOL SEASON VEGETABLES in the Triangle region presents unique challenges and rewards. Topics will include species and varieties that can be successfully raised when the tomatoes and peppers have finally finished. Planning early for late-season planting as well as the different challenges of Fall temperature, moisture and soil depletion will all be discussed. Also of interest will be techniques and materials that will abet over-wintering of certain crops as well as preparing beds in the Fall for Spring planting next season.

Free/Registration required
To register, email ann@fgsnursery.com or call 919-484-9759

Learn With Us, week of July 7

Canceled: PESTS – For Garden’s Sake Nursery Saturday, July 13, 2019 10:00 – 11:00 am

For Garden’s Sake 9197 NC-751, Durham, NC 27713

Managing PESTS in your yard & garden. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a research-based process you can use to help solve pest problems while minimizing risks to people, useful critters and the environment. Topics covered will include identifying some common local pests and how you can use the 5 major principles and practices of IPM to help maintain a healthy and happy landscape.

Free/Registration required
To register, email ann@fgsnursery.com or call 919-484-9759

Learn With Us, week of June 30


Sunday, June 30⋅3:00 – 4:00pm Durham County Library – South Regional Library 4505 S Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27713

Description: “Backyard composting” — 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. Classes are free. Registration at the SRL is required. Register online at the Durham County Library website durhamcountylibrary.org. Click on “Events” to find the full calendar of events. Go to the date of the class and sign up. You can also call the Information Desk at South Regional Library to register: 919-560-7410.

Special Event: Breakfast in the Garden

Are you curious about the role of Durham County Cooperative Extension Services? Join us for breakfast at Briggs Avenue Community Garden on Friday, May 31, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. for our 2019 Report to the Community.

Enjoy a fresh garden breakfast, tour the garden, see our new greenhouse, learn about Extension’s work in Durham County, meet our new director, Donna Rewalt, and receive a small gift of appreciation for your support.

Photo by Andrea Laine

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. and a short presentation will take place at 9:20 a.m. The event is free but registration is required so we know how much food to prepare.

Register online or call 919-560-0521.

Briggs Avenue Community Garden is located at 1598 S Briggs Avenue in Durham, NC. Get Directions.

Beat the Winter Blues at the Spring Plant Sale

After this chilly, wet winter, who’s ready for spring planting?

The weather finally seems to be looking up, just in time for the Duke Gardens Plant Sale, March 30, 8 am to noon. Durham Master Gardeners have spent the gloomy winter months planting seeds and digging and tending plants to sell at our booth at the sale—in many cases trying to relieve seasonal affective disorder by basking in the fluorescent glow of grow lights!

Our booth this year promises hundreds—literally more than a thousand—unique new and old-fashioned perennials, shrubs, houseplants, and native plants as well as specialty and heirloom vegetables, including tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, eggplant, lettuces, and herbs.

The Plant Sale is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and funds raised support Cooperative Extension community garden programs and educational events throughout Durham County.

Here are just a few of the unique items we’re offering this year:

  • adorable dish gardens, featuring Hens and Chicks and Jade plants
  • Aleppo pepper seedlings—a popular gourmet spicy pepper from Syria—make your own seasoning mix by drying the peppers and mixing with olive oil and salt
  • Purple Zi Su Perilla or Shisho—an Asian herb that tastes of basil and mint, used to season vinegar and pink rice
  • An amazing assortment of hard-to-find Asian mustards and other Asian vegetables
  • Asclepias tuberosa—orange butterfly weed—a favorite of monarch butterflies
  • Giant Cambodian Green eggplant—a beautiful and exotic green and white Asian import
  • Lime and Japanese citrus trees
  • Baby Paw Paw trees
  • Many varieties of Hellebores
  • Night Blooming Cereus (a succulent with exotic fragrant blooms)—imagine it scenting your porch on a cool summer evening!
  • Many varieties of colorful and unusual Coleus
  • The ever popular Zinnia seedlings
  • And much, much more!

We hope to see you at the plant sale on March 30. If you are a member of Duke Gardens, you can get a head start at the member pre-sale on March 29, 4 to 6 pm.

The Potting Party was a Happening!

Durham Master Gardeners enjoyed a rare sunny day in February for the Spring Potting Party. Volunteers delivered plants from their gardens, and Master Gardeners divided, potted, and labeled the plants. Other volunteers took plants home to babysit until the Plant Sale.