Master Gardener Handbook
Peruse the ultimate in gardening knowledge for Brunswick County. The Extension Master Gardener Handbook is available here online.
Ask your questions to receive personalized answers from North Carolina Cooperative Extension experts.
Day in the Yard Classes Coming
This year, the Brunswick County Cooperative Extension and Master Gardener Volunteers will be presenting the ever-popular Day in the Yard Class via Zoom on Mondays, 2pm-4:30pm, beginning on February 22nd.
The series provides the basic unbiased, research-based information needed to maintain your lawn and garden in our Zone 8/Coastal Plain of North Carolina.
February 22: Intro/Soil Fundamentals
March 1: Turf and Fertilization
March 8: Insects/Diseases/Integrated Pest Management
March 15: Growing Vegetables
March 22: All about Woody Ornamentals
March 29: Annuals and Perennials that grow well here
April 5: Native Plants in the Landscape
Registrants must register for the entire series. The fee is $55 and will help the support the Master Gardener’s efforts in maintaining the Botanical Garden in Bolivia, as well as educational outreach activities such as Habitat for Humanity, Speakers Bureau, etc. Recordings of each session will be made available to registrants for a limited time after each class.
If you are interested in this course, please register HERE through Eventbrite.
After registering, participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and handouts in advance of each class.
Create a Customized Planting List for Spring
Brunswick County Newcomers’ Packet
The Brunswick County Newcomers Packet has been refreshed and provides our residents with a wealth of information about plants that we suggest for our Zone 8A. A comprehensive resource for those new to gardening — it is meant to serve as a starting point as you select plants that will grow and thrive in our coastal environment. In this packet, you will find a wide variety of selections from annuals and perennials to large trees and to native plants.
The Brunswick County Extension Horticulture Staff and the Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are here for you, to help make the transition to gardening in a subtropical environment a little easier. We provide unbiased, research-based information to help improve the lives (and gardens) of our residents.
Click here for the Newcomers’ Packet.
Integrated Pest Management
Traditional pest control involves the routine application of pesticides. IPM, in contrast focuses on pest prevention and using pesticides only as needed. IPM programs take advantage of all appropriate pest management strategies, including the judicious use of pesticides. Read more here.
The mission of the North Carolina Native Plant Society is to promote the enjoyment and conservation of North Carolina’s native plants and their habitats through education, protection, propagation, and advocacy. Check out the website to learn of speakers, plant ID, and native plant events. Read more about Natives using our links here.
The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge (MPGC) is a nationwide call to action to preserve and create gardens and landscapes that help revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators across America. Click here to register your garden through the Pollinator Partnership and be added to the map in support of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge.
Begin planning your garden with the Basics of Butterfly Gardening, from the North American Butterfly Association. Learn which native plants are suitable for butterfly gardens in your location, with Regional Butterfly Garden Guides.
Composting at Home: An Introduction to the Basics
If you missed the live session, which was attended by over 1400 people, you can watch the recording here: https://ilsr.org/webinar-home-composting-may-2020
Many thanks to Rhonda Sherman, NC State Extension Specialist, for sharing this webinar!
NC State Extension Composting portal: https://composting.ces.ncsu.edu
Extension Gardener Handbook, Composting chapter: https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/extension-gardener-handbook/2-composting
Handling Flooding and Storm Damage in the Landscape
Click the link to see the NC State Extension article on this topic: https://gardening.ces.ncsu.edu/weather-2/handling-storm-damage-in-the-landscape/