The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

The Garden Guide

The Garden Guide
  • Edgecombe Garden Club learns about downtown trees and Tarboro improvements

    President Marilyn Douglass welcomed everyone to the March 7 luncheon meeting at the Fountains of the Albemarle.  
    Alan Thornton, Tarboro town manager, spoke to the club about “Trees in Downtown Tarboro” and included ways to help improve the community.   
    Prior to Thornton’s arrival, downtown merchants had expressed concern of a leaf litter problem and store fronts not seen well because of tree sizes.

    April 13, 2012

  • Filbrun - Hairy Bittercress_2012.jpg A splash of late winter color

    Most folks recognize that spring is the time for tulips and daffodils, but have you noticed that splash of purple across your turf or throughout your landscape beds?  The glowing lavender flowers of henbit, along with the white flowers of hairy bittercress will soon yield seed, resulting in an entirely new crop of problems starting next fall.  Henbit and hairy bittercress are two of our common winter annual weeds in the Coastal Plains of North Carolina.

    March 29, 2012 2 Photos

  • A cure for February blues

    For some people, the great excitement leading up to the holiday season gives the mind a point of focus away from the mental challenge of the short winter days.  While some call it depression, many refer to this winter phenomenon as seasonal affective disorder.

    February 6, 2012

  • Tree Damage - Irene 2011.JPG Recommendation for damage trees after a storm

        Twisted trunks, splintered branches and upswept roots are images etched in my mind compliments of hurricane Irene. A casual observer passing through Edgecombe County might be inclined to reason that high winds and aging trees were largely to blame for the mess that resulted  from last weekend’s disasterous storm.

    September 5, 2011 1 Photo

  • IMG_1842_0050.jpg Local Roots – A New Farmers Market Model

    As many of you know, my family and I recently traveled to Ohio for a family wedding. In between church decorating, reception hall set-up and rehearsal dinners, we managed to slip away to check out the local farmers market.
     At this point, I should clarify the significance of this “side trip” and emphasize its relevance to recent developments at the Tarboro-Edgecombe Farmers Market.

    July 11, 2011 1 Photo

  • Sallie Carlisle.jpg Master Gardener’s hint: Pinch, pinch and pinch some more

     Well, it is time to decide once and for all. Is that tall, stately stem with the bulging bud at the crown the promised returning perennial you planted last year or is it just another weed. You’ve been mulching and nourishing it for a couple of months, and now it’s time to commit.

    June 6, 2011 1 Photo

  • Bob Filbrun headshot.jpg Honey bees & the allure of flowers

     Honey bees & the allure of flowers
    Spring is such an exciting time of year; vegetation begins to “green-up”
    all around us and flowers magically appear.

    April 13, 2011 1 Photo

  • 10508.jpg Succession in the Garden

    Spring in the garden is a dangerous time. The temptation is to go out on those warm, sunny days and plant 'til you drop. Not only is that strenuous on your body and mind, it can also lead to the proverbial glut of food in a few months.

    April 7, 2011 1 Photo

  • Sallie Carlisle.jpg Q and A with the master Gardeners

    Hello again. I don’t know about your garden, but the weeds are already winning in mine. They must feed on moonbeams or some stardust fertilizer formula, the way they get an overnight jump on me. I am considering an 11-3 shift on my knees to close the gap. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not puling, not yet anyway, just pointing out the obvious. No one has dropped a “Garden of the Month” sign in my yard, not even by mistake!

    April 4, 2011 1 Photo

  • nectar_guides_2011.jpg Honey bees & the allure of flowers

    Spring is such an exciting time of year; vegetation begins to “green-up”
    all around us and flowers magically appear.

    April 4, 2011 1 Photo

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