Classes and Lectures – Trees, Curb Appeal, Veggies, and Seeds

Tree Keepers Workshop – Urban Tree Volunteer Training 

Interested in becoming more involved in the community and passionate about trees?  This is an intensive training on tree management and care that will develop volunteers interested in helping with the Trees Across Durham Initiative. $25.00 fee (check made out to: Durham Cooperative Extension) Registration required.

When:                 February 7 & 8, 2014 (Friday & Saturday,  8:30 am -4:00 pm

Where:                Feb 7: Durham Cooperative Extension, 721 Foster Street,Durham (Day 1- Friday)
Feb 8: City of Durham General Maintenance Building, 2011 Fay Street, Durham (Day 2 – Saturday)

Contact:               Pana Jones   919-560-0525 or

Briggs Ave Community Garden Series-  Cool Vegetable Gardening

Learn about Vegetable Gardening, crop rotation, planning, season extension techniques.  Winter season strategies for growing vegetables.  Class is free/ Registration is required.

When:                 February 15, 2014 (Saturday), 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Where:                 Durham Cooperative Extension, 721 Foster Street, Durham

Contact:               Pana Jones   919-560-0525 or

Extension Gardener Series at Sarah P. Duke Gardens – Creating Curb Appeal

Learn how you can improve the look of your home and property by improving the landscape. Create appeal for your home using a few basic designs.  Class is free/ Registration required.

When:                 February 16, 2014 (Sunday),  2:00 pm -4:00 pm

Where:               Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson Street, Durham

Contact:            919-688-1707

Durham Garden Forum – Starting Seeds

(free to members, open to the public for a fee)

Joins us an learn more about starting seeds, getting more for less, and expanding your plant variety opportunities through seed selection – what you need to succeed. Registration required.

When:                 February 18, 2014  (Tuesday)  6:30 pm -8:00pm

Where:                 Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson Street, Durham



Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your…

Fall Vegetables!

August is the time to sow your fall vegetable seeds and put transplants in the ground. My family has requested kale, spinach, and lettuce this year. There are so many other delicious vegetables that thrive in our fall weather, such as cabbage, collards, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, onions, and radishes. Are you getting hungry for veggies yet? You can find a chart with recommended planting dates and varieties for fall vegetables here.

To begin, clear out previous crops and work your soil. Because August and September are still hot and frequently dry months, make sure you are able to give your garden adequate, regular moisture. NCSU extension recommends planting seeds at a greater depth than suggested for spring sowing. Like our air temperature, the soil is also hotter and drier now than in spring – perhaps too warm and dry for seeds and seedlings. Seeds of some plants such as lettuce, will not germinate in soil that is warmer than 85 degrees. Shading the soil where lettuce has been planted will encourage seed germination.

Insects and diseases tend to be more common in late summer and fall than in spring, as populations have had a chance to increase over the spring and summer. Be sure to check your new plants frequently. You may choose to apply a pesticide if the damage becomes too great. Follow label instructions for your crop.

Keep in mind that the average first frost date in Durham is October 24, plus or minus 10 days. As that date nears, keep an eye on the weather forecast. Your fall vegetables can be covered at night if there is a threat of frost.

For more information:

Mark your calendars for a talk about Cool Season Vegetables, August 11, 2013 from 3-4PM at the North Regional Library. Details here 

Extension Gardener Seminars for August

August 11 – Cool Season Vegetables 3-4 pm North Regional Library. Please join a Durham Extension Master Gardener Volunteer for a talk on Cool Season Vegetables: what to grow, when to start from seed, what from transplants, how to figure out crop rotation and manage pests. Seminar is free but registration is required 919-560-0231

August 18 Container Gardening Around the World 3-4 pm South Regional Library. Container Gardening is a hot garden topic. Come get ideas for container gardening from around the world to use in your garden from a Durham Extension Master Gardener Volunteer. Seminar is free but registration required 919-560-7409

August 25 Eggs Over Easy 3-4 pm East Regional Library. Seminar is free but registration required 919-560-0203