Summer Heat, Tomato Pests, Worms Recycle Your Trash

In this week’s episode our host, Harold Johnson addresses ways to help your plants survive the summer heat.   The Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy, explains ways to discourage pests from attacking your tomatoes, and Lise Jenkins interviews NC Cooperative Extension Specialist Rhonda Sherman about how worms can help recycle your kitchen scraps.

What’s Happening

Summer’s heat is now here to stay and your plants need help from you to stay looking their best. Water your lawns as early as possible-be sure to follow local watering restrictions, and some smaller containers may need to be watered twice a day.   Potato late blight” was recently detected in Eastern NC.  Use caution when pruning, as too much pruning at this time of year can stress the plant.

The Enthusiastic Gardener

It’s a jungle out there, folks, and the Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy, is going to give us some tips to discourage pests from attacking your tomato plants. 

Expert Interview

Rhonda Sherman, Queen of Worms and NC Extension Specalist

The EPA estimates that 55-65% of waste generated in this country is residential, and much of that material is organic.  Lise Jenkins talks to NC State Extension Specialist Rhonda Sherman to find out how to use worms to recycle her kitchen scraps and create a valuable soil amendment.

Coming Next….

In next week’s episode we will learn about garden maintenance for July, how to manage those large and unruly tomato plants, and the importance of green spaces.  Until then, get out to your garden and Get Dirty!

Resources

What’s Happening - North Carolina State University Resources
  • Potato Late Blight Alert
  • City of Durham Watering Restrictions
  • Managing Tomatoes
  • Managing Turf
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Entomology
Expert Interview
  • NC State University Vermicomposting in NC
Events
  • Backyard Streams and Runoff - Management, Enhancement and Restoration.  June 28th 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM  NC Botanical Garden   The workshop covers concepts of stream and riparian areamanagement; creeks, drainage ditches and storm-water channels; challenges and rewards of working with pediment streams as natural landscape features will be explored.  Examples will include local case-studies. Other topics include the basics of fluvial processes and watershed delineation and assessment. Also there will be an introduction to stream stability assessment and the importance of riparian planting. Hands-on work with topographic maps and a quick walking tour of Morgan Creek will be included.  Viewing the Garden streams will assist with understanding of practical concepts. Participants will also learn how they might enhance their gardens with natural water features. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Member) The JC Raulston Arboretum has a summer intern program.  Each intern picks their Arboretum favorite and conducts a tour highlighting their pick of plants.  Come take the tour and ask the interns plenty of questions to test their horticultural knowledge. The date is July 1st with tours from 9 AM till 10:30 and 6 PM till 7:30
  • The JC Raulston Arboretum has a summer intern program.  Interns pick their Arboretum favorite and will conduct a tour highlighting their pick of plants.  Come take the tour and ask the interns plenty of questions to test their horticultural knowledge. The date is July 1st with tours from 9 AM till 10:30 and 6 PM till 7:30
  • Gardeners Fair - July 15th. 6:30-8:00 pm. Hosted by the Durham Garden Forum, This a free event and is open to all.  Here are some of the topics you can learn about and see on display at booths:  Beekeeping, Birding, Orchids, Rain Gardens, Mushroom logs, Sands and soils, Wild Birds.  The fair will be held at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke university Campus, Durham.
  • Growing and Making Local Teas July 20th 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM NC Botanical Garden   Learn how all types of tea (white, green, oolong and black) are made from the leaves of camellia sinensis. The class will include an introduction to tea, hands on demonstrations and a tea tasting, including tea grown here in Chapel Hill. Fee includes your own tea leaves to take home! Limit to 10 participants. Fee: $35 ($30 NCBG members)
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