Things are warming up! What’s up with my tomatoes? What’s in my garden?

In today’s episode our host, Harold Johnson alerts us to gardening chores for June —so plant those summer annuals and bulbs, watch your mower height, and get those azaleas pruned if you haven’t already done so.The Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy, explains how to avoid a frustrating tomato problem, and Lise Jenkins learns from the pros ways to keep track of what plants are in her garden.

What’s Happening

Harold Johnson reminds us that there’s still time to get those summer annuals into the ground such as portulaca and sun coleus and summer bulbs, too -dahlias, cannas, caladiums and tropical water lilies.  As our days get hotter, keep a daily eye on your vegetable garden’s watering needs and remember to harvest your veggies in the morning.  You also might need to check your mower height and not fertilize your fescue grass now.  Now yellow jackets, wasps and hornets are more active.  But rather than spraying try to avoid the area where they are as they are beneficial in pollinating our plants and eating insect pests.

The Enthusiastic Gardener

Blossom End Rot

Blossom end rot, a common problem with tomato crops, is frustrating but easily avoidable.  Charles Murphy explains what it is and how to avoid it in your tomato beds this season.

Expert Interview

Plant labels at JC Raulston Arboretum to be installed

Lise Jenkins looks for plants for her new garden and visits the JC Raulston Arboretum, which is home to over 5000 unique groups of plants.   Val Tyson, Plant Recorder for the Arboretum, explains how they identify, track, and manage their plant records and volunteer John Schott tells Lise how he has translated what he has learned at the Arboretum into his record keeping process at home.

Coming Next…

In next week’s episode, Harold Johnson will interview Stefan Bloodworth, Curator of the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens about the benefits of incorporating native plants in your landscape. Charles Murphy will continue to teach us about tomatoes and you’ll hear more about events in our area.  Until then, get out to your garden and Get Dirty!


What’s Happening - North Carolina State University Resources
  • Managing Tomatoes
  • Managing Turf 
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Entomology

Expert Interview

  • JC Raulston Arboretum


  • Herb Gardening - June 12th, 6:30-8:00pm.   Enjoy growing these handy and helpful plants. Presentation by Extension Master Gardener volunteer, Marty Warburton. Sarah P. Duke Gardens – 420 Anderson St. – Requires Registration. Call 919-668-1707
  • Crawlin’ Cucurbits: Gourds, Squashes, Pumpkin - June 14th, 10-11 am.  Growing these favorites. Presentation by Michelle Wallace, Consumer Horticulture Agent.  Briggs Ave Community Garden – 721 Foster St. – Requires Registration. Call 919-560-0525
  • Vermicomposting - June 17th. 6:30-8:00 pm. Use worms to recycle organic materials. Presentation by Rhonda Sherman, Extension Master Gardener volunteer & Extension Solid Waste Specialist in the Dept. of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (NCSU). Durham Garden Forum (at Sarah P. Duke Gardens) – 420 Anderson St. ($10 fee per class or Annual Membership)  CONTACT US: [email protected]


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