Sweet potatoes are one of NC’s largest crops but their full value was being realized elsewhere until NC State University introduced a new technology — creating jobs and some unexpected new products. Lise Jenkins introduces us to some of the people making that happen. The Triangle Gardener magazine is a great resource for information for local gardeners. Charles Murphy tells us more. This week we welcome our new correspondent Amy Hill with Timely Tips.
In the Know…
In the Garden….
Our Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy, has headed inside to escape the cold weather. But he’s still got his eye on his garden. This week, Charles tells us about the Triangle Gardener magazine and what it has to offer the house-bound gardener.
Amy Hill has joined the team as our Timely Gardener, offering suggestions for the weeks ahead.
Invasion of the Lady Beetles
We’re heading into winter, which means that you may soon find Asian lady beetles (commonly known as lady bugs) on your windows and light fixtures. Although they can be a nuisance, and can stink and stain surfaces if they’re crushed, they don’t do any harm. They’re just looking for a protected space to hibernate.
- Build your own Lady Beetle Blacklight Trap
- Adapted from “Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles Inside Houses,” by Waldvogel et al., North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. For more information.
Seasonal Care of Pecan Trees
You say pe-can, I say pe-kahn, but there’s no calling off the perpetual appeal of this iconic southern tree. Its elegant architecture in the spring, its cool shade in the summer, and the scrumptious flavor of the pecan nut in the fall and winter offer something for everyone.
- A Gardener’s Guide to Soil Testing
- Growing Pecans in North Carolina
- Adapted from Pecan Trees Need TLC Too, by Mack Johnson, Extension Agent, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and
- Pecan Pollination, University of Georgia Horticulture Department