Warm Weather Concerns, Encaging Tomatoes, Green Space Benefits

In this week’s episode our host, Harold Johnson updates us on things to be on the lookout for in our hot weather.   The Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy, tells us how to encage our tomatoes, and Dr. David Schwartz visits the studio to explain why green spaces matter.

What’s Happening

Japanese beetles are on their way, if not already here.  You want to avoid applying pesticide sprays to control the beetles to spare the pollinating insects who are visiting the same plants. NC State and the NC Cooperative Extension Service announced last week an instance of “potato late blight” detected in Eastern NC.  Potato and tomato plants are susceptible to this disease. See the link below for more information.

The Enthusiastic Gardener

Tomatoes can become monster plants and the Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy, is going to explain how to encage your tomatoes before they take over your garden.  

Expert Interview

Green SpacesDr. David Schwartz came to the studio to talk with Harold about the benefits of green spaces.  He is Environmental Psychology Researcher at UNC, and more specifically, at UNC’s Center for Faculty Excellence.

Coming Next….

In next week’s episode we will learn about garden maintenance for July and begin our focus on local foods.  Charles Murphy will give us ideas for using those wonderful summer tomatoes, and Lise Jenkins will meet Guenevere Abernathy of LoMo Markets.  Until then, get out to your garden and Get Dirty!


What’s Happening - North Carolina State University Resources

Expert Interview


  • 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 - 10:30 and 6 PM - 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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