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Garden and Landscape Diseases

Garden and Landscape Diseases

June 12, 2018

You know the scenario well: You prepare the ground, plant the seeds or seedlings, water and fertilize appropriately, and await a beautiful, pristine harvest.

More likely than not, however, you end up with produce that's misshapen, has areas of rot, features splits from stem to blossom, and boasts all sorts of demoralizing and unexpected effects.

As with most things, arming yourself with the knowledge of what causes these issues can help you overcome them, and this month, Dr. George Place of the Catawba County Cooperative Extension will be delivering the information you need to turn the tables on a garden that’s less than ideal.

In his presentation, he’ll teach participants how to tell the difference among viral infections, nutrient deficiencies, and sun scald damage. Once you can differentiate these issues, you can take action with products and practices that will actually offer the most impact.

Dr. Place will also talk about things a home gardener can do to avoid pest problems and to minimize the need for pesticide applications. If going completely organic isn’t an option, at least there are measures we can take to make our gardens as environmentally friendly as possible.

  • Thursday, June 14 at 6 pm at Hickory’s Patrick Beaver Library.
  • Tuesday, June 19 at 6:30 pm at the Newton library.
  • Tuesday, June 26 at 6:30 pm at the Maiden branch.

The Advanced Gardener series is designed to help both beginner and advanced gardeners enjoy all of the health, satisfaction, and learning that comes from managing the home landscape and growing your own produce. July’s classes will be comprised of a series of two-minute talks about more than 20 different topics, including fire ants, brown patch, soil testing, and more!