Category Archives: Insects

Fending Off 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, … Continue reading

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Episode 27 - Technology Transforms Sweet Potatoes, Triangle Gardener Magazine, Pecans, Lady Beetles,

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 … Continue reading

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Worms Recycle My Scraps, Selecting Bonsai Trees

Our host, Harold Johnson, brings us up to date.  Lise Jenkins talks to NC State Cooperative Extension Specialist Rhonda Sherman to find out how to use worms to recycle her kitchen scraps and create a valuable soil amendment.  Harold Johnson has a special guest in the studio … Continue reading

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Wildlife Habitats

Our host, Harold Johnson, brings us up to date.  The Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy, talks with a National Wildlife Federation Certified Habitat Steward, Byron Schermerhorn, about attracting wildlife to your backyard. 

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Look ahead to spring, Durham’s Trees in Danger

Our host, Harold Johnson brings us up to date.  The Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy, encourages us to start planning for spring color by planting fall bulbs.  Lise Jenkins interviews Durham’s Urban Forest Manager, Alex Johnson, about the city’s plans to stop the … Continue reading

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Winter Beds and Durham Trees

Winter Beds and Durham Trees - The Enthuastic Gardener, Charles Murphy reminds us that it’s not too early to start preparing your garden beds for winter.  Our show host, Harold Johnson, talks with Durham’s Sustainability Manager, Tobin Freid about trees … Continue reading

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Fall Fun, The American Dream, Gardening Trends in the Triangle

Our host, Harold Johnson brings us up to speed on garden happenings this week and explains how to get help from Master Gardeners with your questions.   The Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy explores the American Dream, and Lise Jenkins talks with editor / publisher of … Continue reading

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