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Festive Fall Arrangement Contest

Fall is here and many of you are outside decorating your homes for the holidays. Halloween, Thanksgiving, and festive …

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Pumpkin Carving Contest

The weather has finally cooled and fall is here! It’s time to go out and find the biggest pumpkin …

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What’s That Weird Worm?

What does 2020 have to offer us next? From COVID-19 to murder hornets, this year has been full of …

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Sweet Potato or Yam

Some people use the terms “sweet potato” and “yam” interchangeably when preparing meals. However, they are not related; they …

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Homegrown and Homemade Contest

Did you create, bake, grow, or preserve something awesome during quarantine? Show it off at our virtual Homegrown and …

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Hay Bale Decorating Contest

Display your creativity and imagination in a family-friendly, county-wide competition. N.C. Cooperative Extension in Currituck County will be hosting a …

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Cut Flower Bouquet Contest

Creating cut flower bouquets is a fun, educational, and creative way to spend time outdoors. This activity can be …

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Azalea Caterpillars

If you notice large sections of your azaleas that are virtually stripped of leaves there is a good chance …

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Spider Mites 

Identification Several species of warm and cool-season Spider mites call eastern North Carolina home. Spider mites are small, no bigger …

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New Extension Resources

While the gathering restrictions associated with COVID-19 may have put a damper on face to face Cooperative Extension programming, …

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Fall Family Fun Virtual Fair

The year 2020 has been full of disappointment for many. Most recently it was announced that even the North …

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Unsolicited Seed Shipments

You may have recently seen news reports of people all across the country receiving unsolicited seed packages from China. …

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Insect Management

Insect Management: Organic and Least Toxic Insecticide Options in the Home Garden Home gardeners put a lot of time, effort, …

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Plant of the Month - July 2020

PLANT OF THE MONTH Gardenia jasminoides Nothing says summer in the south like the fragrant blooms of Gardenia. One sniff and …

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Pole Bean Production

Pole beans are grown commercially in the mountain counties and, on a limited scale, in …

Planting Rate Recommendations for Organic Soybean Producers

For organic soybean producers increased seeding rates improve early soybean canopy density, which shades out …

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A Small Backyard Greenhouse for the Home Gardener

This publication presents plans and instructions for an easily constructed greenhouse that costs approximately $100 …

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The Economic Impact of North Carolina's Shellfish Mariculture Industry

Factsheet summarizing the economic impact of North Carolina's shellfish mariculture industry.

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Phorid Flies

Phorid flies are small flies that breed in moist, decaying organic matter and can be …

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Proper Postharvest Cooling and Handling Methods

This publication provides information on cooling basics, common produce cooling methods and other steps for …

Packaging Requirements for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

This publication describes types of packaging for fresh fruits and vegetables, including each packaging's functions, …

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Spotted Lanternfly

This factsheet offers information on the biology and management of the spotted lanternfly, an invasive …