Posts tagged gardening

News Roundup: March 30-April 5

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Click on the links to go straight to the full story. “Gray’s Creek High agriculture department holds Easter Ag-Stravaganza,” Fayetteville Observer: As bluegrass and country music hummed in the background […]

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Tips to save green on lawncare items this spring

Spring gardens are about to bloom across North Carolina. But before homeowners dig in to a new year, the department’s Standards Division is inspecting mulch, fertilizer and other garden products to make sure consumers aren’t short changed at checkout. The department employs 38 weights and measures inspectors who inspect everything from gas pumps and taxi-cab […]

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News Roundup: Oct. 27-Nov. 2

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Click on the links to go straight to the full story. “Deadline near for North Carolina farmland preservation funding,” Southeast Farm Press: Preserving farmland in the Southeast is likely to […]

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Photos from the Field: Piles of Soil Samples

Soil testing is one service the NCDA&CS Agronomic Division offers for farmers and consumers, which allows for hobby gardeners and larger farm operations alike to figure out the right amount of lime and fertilizer for optimum yield and environmental protection. By November, which is when this photo was likely taken, the lab will be well […]

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Mailbag: Using your county’s Cooperative Extension office

Our squash are big, dark green plants one day, wilted the second day and dead the next. What is doing this and what can I do to stop it? – TB My family has around 40 acres in Wilkes County. We are thinking of developing an apple orchard. We have also thought about free-range chickens […]

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News Roundup

Each week we’ll round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from newspapers across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Click on the links to go straight to each paper’s full story. “NC farmer’s markets to accept food stamps,” Asheville Citizen-Times. A statewide initiative is making it possible for farmers markets […]

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Getting ready for those spring chores

This time of year, some people start thinking about their gardens, yards and crops–getting the soil ready, removing weeds, deciding what to plant. The list of chores is endless. The department’s Standards Division has already been busy tackling its own spring “to-do list,” and staff are about ready to mark one task off the list.  In February, staff […]

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