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"Bee" Aware for Bee Swarms

Honey bees are highly esteemed for providing honey, beeswax and other valuable hive products. Honey bees are important pollinators …

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Upcoming 2019 Master Gardener Program

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service is now taking applications for participation in the 2019 Jackson – Swain Master Gardener℠ …

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2019 Growing in the Mountains Series

This series features educational agriculture programs that will aid farmers and landowners in varying levels to make the most of their land …

Winterizing Your Garden

The leaves are down and winter is coming, as we celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, remember our Christmas …

North Carolina Beaver

Beavers

As the season begins to change so will the livelihood of our wildlife neighbors. One of our county residents is …

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Swain County 2018 Agricultural Fair

A County Fair style festival, complete with judging of vegetables, eggs and flowers; agricultural demos; craft vendors; food vendors …

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March is Living Well Month

As spring is arriving and March is “Living Well” month, keep in mind the good practices of “Raising Kids, …

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Is Your Canning Equipment Ready?

Planning ahead can save you time, money and frustration with home canning. Using reliable, safe and proper equipment will …

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Dead Leaves on Native Rhododendrons

Recently, a few homeowners and landscapers in the higher elevations are seeing large patches of rhododendrons and mountain laurel …

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Birds in Winter

The snowfall the other week had me feeding the birds each morning, which was fun and enjoyable. Fortunately, I had …

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Moles and Voles, Oh My!

Woodland or Pine Vole Lawn, landscape, or garden damage from wildlife pests is one of the most common calls that …

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Beet-Iful Roots

Ruby Queen and Redpack are the most commonly grown varieties in North Carolina. Ruby Queen produces a smooth, round …

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Tantalizing Turnips

Turnips are one of the oldest known root vegetables and were an important crop during the Middle Ages. Both …

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Building Songbird Boxes

This publication discusses how to successfully build, install and maintain nest boxes for songbirds.

3 days agoWorking With Wildlife
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Woodland Wildlife Nest Boxes

This publication provides information on constructing and placing artificial nesting boxes to attract birds and …

3 days agoWorking With Wildlife

Zoysiagrass Mites

Zoysiagrass mites (Aceria (Eriophyes) zoysiae) are tiny, elongated (worm-like), white arachnids that are occasional pests …

4 days agoTurfFiles
Knockout rose chlorosis caused by imazapyr spray drift.

Acetolactate Synthase (ALS) Inhibitors

This factsheet describes the symptoms of an ALS inhibitor herbicide injury.

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Ground Pearls in Turf

This factsheet summarizes the characteristics of ground pearls and addresses how to control them as …

4 days agoTurfFiles
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Songbirds

This publication describes the habitat, cover, food, water habits and home range of various songbird …

7 days agoWorking With Wildlife
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Plant Propagation by Stem Cuttings

Propagation by stem cuttings is the most commonly used method to propagate many woody ornamental …

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Plant Propagation by Layering

Stems that are still attached to their parent plant may form roots where they come …