Learn With Us, Week of August 19

Cool/Cold Season Vegetables
Saturday, August 25, 10:00am – 11:00pm
Durham Garden Center
4536 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, NC 27705
Description:A remarkable variety of tasty vegetables (including root crops and greens) can be happy and healthy when the temperature drops and your tomatoes and squash are all but memories. It’s also the time to plant crops that will rejuvenate your soil over Winter as well as those that can be harvested early next summer. We will also be offering tips on what to do with your garden when it is too cold to get out there.

Call to Register: 919.384.7526

Educational Opportunities, Week of Oct. 13

Tuesday, October 14: Getting Dirty with Durham County Master Gardeners Radio Show  – Broadcasts Tuesdays at 2:00 pm on WCOM FM 103.5  It can be heard live or replayed any time at http://gettingdirtyradioshow.org

Saturday, October 18th, 10-11 a.m.  — Extending the growing season — presentation by Michelle Wallace,Consumer Horticulture Agent.  Life gets busy and all of us could use more time to garden.  Season extension methods can give gardeners a little extra time to grow things.  These methods help plants survive a killing frost in the fall.  They also give gardeners the ability to start their cool season vegetables in the spring earlier so you can begin harvesting produce sooner.  Come learn how easy it is to get more from your garden through Season Extension. Held at Briggs Ave. Community Garden.   Requires Registration.  Call 919-560-0525

Educational Opportunities, Week of 9/8/14

Getting Dirty with Durham County Master Gardeners Radio Show 
September 9, 2:00 pm on WCOM 103.5. This week: Planting Trees and Botanical Gardens —History and Future – Our host, Harold Johnson brings us up to date.  The Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy, wants to plant trees.  Harold Johnson interviews Ken Moore, 32-year veteran of the NC Botanical Garden. Can be heard live every Tuesday or replayed any time at http://gettingdirtyradioshow.org
Information Session for 2015 Durham County Master Gardener Training
Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 10:00am – 11:00am
Where: Durham County Cooperative Extension, 721 Foster Street, Durham, NC

Have you considered becoming a Durham County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer? Attendance at one of the information sessions is a requirement to apply for the training program. Free/ Registration is required. 919-560-0525

Canker Worm Workshop
Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 7:00pm – 8:30pm 
Where: Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson Street, Durham, NC
Canker worms are becoming a growing problem in Durham. They are those nuisance inch worms that appear in the spring and defoliate the trees. To combat this problem there will be a series of workshops to demonstrate how and when to wrap a barrier around you tree to get the biggest impact, learn when and how to glue, and when to remove the barrier so that you don’t girdle the trees.
Class is free / registration is required. Contact 919-668-1707

Cool Season Vegetables
Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: Durham County Public Library, South Regional branch, 4505 South Alston Ave., Durham, NC
Yes, we can grow roots and shoots in the cool season here in Durham County. Learn how grow veggies in the late fall & early spring. Learn how to plan your garden & manage plants for maximum productivity. Presented by Faye McNaull & Lynne Nelson. Class is free, registration is required 919-560-7410

Fall Vegetable Gardening

August is the time to plan and plant for fall. The chart below, from an NCSU Extension publication (www.ces.ncsu.edu/hil/hil-8001.html) provides suggested planting dates for cool season vegetables in the piedmont area of NC.

Vegetables  Suggested Planting Suggested Cultivars Inches Between Plants Planting Depth (inches) Cold
Days to
Asparagus (crowns) Nov. 15 to Mar. 15 Mary Washington, Jersey Giant, Jersey Gem 15 6.0 2 years
Beets July 15 to Aug. 15 Ruby Queen, Early Wonder, Red Ace, Pacemaker II 2 0.5 to 1.0 Semi-hardy 55 to 60
 Broccoli July 15 to Aug. 15 DeCicco, Packman, Premium Crop, Green Duke, Emperor 18 0.5 to 1.0 Hardy 70 to 80
Brussels sprouts July 1 to 15 Long Island Improved, Jade Cross Hybrid 20 0.5 to 1.0 Hardy 90 to 100
Cabbage (plants) Aug 1 to 15 Round Dutch, Early Jersey Wakefield, Red Express, Red Rookie, Sweetbase 12 0.5 to 1.0 Hardy 70 to 80
Cabbage, Chinese Aug. 1 to 15 Pak Choi, Mei Ching, Jade Pagoda, China Pride 12 0.5 to 1.0 Hardy 75-85
Carrots July 1 to 15 Danvers Half Long, Spartan Bonus, Little Finger, Thumbelina, Scarlet Nantes 2 0.25 to 0.5 Hardy 85 to 95
Cauliflower Aug 1 to 15 Early Snowball “A”, Violet Queen, Snowcrown 18 0.5 to 1.0 Semi-hardy 55 to 65
Collards July 15 to Aug. 15 Vates, Morris’ Improved Heading, Carolina, Blue Max 18 0.5 to 1.0 Hardy 60 to 100
Cucumbers, pickling Aug. 1 to 15 Carolina, Calypso, Liberty (mtns.), County Fair ’83 10 1.0 to 1.5 Tender 40 to 50
Cucumbers, slicing Aug. 1 to 15 Poinsett 76, Sweet Slice, County Fair ’83, Salad Bush, Fanfare 10 1.0 to 1.5 Tender 40 to 50
Kale Aug. 15 to Sept. 1 Green Curled Scotch, Early Siberian, Vates, Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch, Blue Knight 6 0.5 to 1.0 Hardy 40 to 50
Kohlrabi Aug. 1 to Sept. 1 White Vienna, Grand Duke Hybrid 4 0.5 to 1.0 Hardy 50 to 60
Lettuce (leaf) Aug. 1 to Sept. 1 Grand Rapids, Salad Bowl, Buttercrunch, Red Sails, Romulus 6 0.25 to 0.5 Semi-hardy 40 to 50
Lettuce (head) Aug. 15 to 31 Great Lakes, Ithaca 10 0.25 to 0.5 Semi-hardy 70 to 85
Mustard Aug. 1 to Sept. 15 Southern Giant Curled, Tendergreen, Savannah 2 0.5 to 1.0 Hardy 30 to 40
Onions (seeds) Sept. 1 to 30 Texas 1015, Granex 33, Candy 4 0.5 to 1.0 Hardy 130 to 150
Onions (sets or plants) Sept. 1 to 15 Ebenezer, Excell, Early Grano 4 Hardy 60 to 80
Radishes Aug. 15 to Sept. 15 Early Scarlet Globe, Cherry Belle, Snowbells, White Icicle 1 0.5 to 1.0 Hardy 25 to 30
Radish, Diakon Aug. 15 to Sept. 15 April Cross, H. N. Cross 4 0.5 to 1.0 Hardy 60 to 75
Rutabagas July 1 to Aug. 1 American Purple Top, Laurentian 4 0.5 to 1.0 Semi-hardy 70 to 80
 Spinach Aug. 1 to 15 Hybrid 7, Dark Green Bloomsdale, Tyee Hybrid 6 0.5 to 1.0 Hardy 50 to 60
Turnips Aug. 1 to 31 Purple Top White Globe, Just Right, Tokyo Cross Hybrid, White Egg, All Top 2 0.5 to 1.0 Hardy 55 to 60

See this blog post from 2012 for more information, including a video on preparing for fall planting, as well as the following links: AG-756, Growing Small Farms. A cool season veggie talk is scheduled on 9/14 at the South Library from 3-4 pm.  It is free but registration is desired. More information on this talk will be provided in another blog post, or contact the South Regional Library at 919-560-7410

Cool Season Vegetables

Cool Vegetable Gardening -Briggs Ave Community Garden Series

When: Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 11:00am – 12:00pm
Where: 721 Foster Street, Durham, NC, United States

This class is rescheduled from Feb. 15th. Learn about cool season vegetable gardening, crop rotation, planning, season extension techniques. Winter season strategies for growing vegetables. Class is free /Registration is required. Call Pana Jones at 919-560-0525 or e-mail at prjones2@ncsu.edu