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White Fringe Tree, Trees in NC, North Carolina Trees, Union County Trees, Trees, Forage,

White Fringe Tree

White Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus) is also known as Old-man’s-beard, or sometimes as Gray-beard. It grows native in the …

We Grow Union County - Spring 2022

Springing Into Extension

Spring is in the air, and so much is happening at UC Extension. With the arrival of spring, comes …

Fertilizing House Plants, How to Fertilize House Plants, Fertilizing, Home Plant Care, How to Take Care of Plants in the Home, Plants Near Me,

How to Fertilize House Plants

Generally speaking, house plants should be fertilized regularly when they are receiving optimum environmental conditions (water, light, temperature, humidity), …

Canning Season, Free Canner Testing, Pressure Canner Gauge, How to Can, Canning in NC, North Carolina, Canning

Canning Season Is Here!

With the months getting warmer and the vegetables and fruits starting to grow, it’s now time to think about …

Planting, Gardening in NC, NC Weather, North Carolina Weather, When Does it Frost in NC, NCAA, Union County, Charlotte

When to Plant

On March 13, Union County had a hard freeze and, even though I covered my blueberries with 3 layers …

Buttercup in Pastures, Buttercup, Pasture Management, Plants Toxic to Livestock, NC Plants, Taking Care of Pastures

Buttercup Control in Pastures

Last year many people were dismayed to find a sea of yellow flowers in their pasture when spring rolled …

Upcoming Events, Things to do in Charlotte, Things to do in Union County, Union County Agriculture, Union County, North Carolina, Things to do Near Me, Things to do outside

Extension April Events

April 1 4-H School Supply Drive Wingate Community Garden Opening April 2 Union County Farmers Market Spring Opening Young Child Celebration at Parks Williams April …

Farmers Market Near Me, Fresh Produce Near Me, We Grow Union County, Farmers Market Charlotte, Charlotte NC, North Carolina,

Shopping Local for Fresh Produce

Farmers Markets are packed with fresh fruits and vegetables. While I enjoy the offerings of a Farmer’s Market, there …

Small Farms in Union County, North Carolina Small Farms, Small Farmers, Support Local, Shop Local, NC Cooperative Extension, How to Grow Vegetables, How to Farm in NC, How to Start a Farm, How to Become a Farmer, North Carolina Growers, North Carolina, Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Arizona, March Madness, PGA, Charlotte, North Carolina,

Small Farms Week

This week, March 21 – 26, is Small Farms Week at North Carolina A&T State University and we, at …

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Pesticide Container Recycling

What is the Pesticide Container Recycling Program? The Pesticide Container Recycling program is available to all licensed pesticide applicators. In …

Orchard of Pecan Trees, How to Grow an Orchard in North Carolina, North Carolina Trees, North Carolina Forests, North Caroline Climate, Things to do in Charlotte, Things to do in Union County, Things to do in North Carolina, Charlotte, Union County, Monroe, North Carolina, We Grow Union County, NC Agriculture, Farms in NC

Starting Your Orchard

The climate and soils here in Union County are well suited to grow many types of fruit trees. The …

Tree Blooming in the Spring, Trees, Charlotte, North Carolina, Union County, NC

Spring Is Here!

With the Spring Equinox on Sunday, Spring has officially arrived! In the Northern Hemisphere, the spring equinox, or vernal equinox, occurs …

Garden Bed Rental, Charlotte NC, Union County

Wingate Community Garden Beds

Did you know that you can rent a raised garden bed to grow your own garden this summer? The Wingate …

Lichens

Does Your Tree Have Lichens?

Here at Union County Extension, the questions we get change with the seasons. This time of year, we often …

Horse in Mud, Mud, Horses, Winter Mud, Hooves, Union County, North Carolina

Winter Mud and Horse Health

Winter brings lots of rain and snow to North Carolina. While the snow can be beautiful what it leaves …

Production Workshop Flyer

Blueberry Production Workshop

Union County Extension is hosting our annual Blueberry Production Workshop on Friday, February 25. This workshop includes lecture time, …

Chart for Livestock Careers

Careers in the Livestock Industry

Did you know there are many career opportunities available to work with Livestock? I always loved animals growing up, …

Forest in Union County

Forestry in Union County

Did you know that Union County has over 150,000 acres of privately owned forests? That’s a little more than …

WE GROW UNION COUNTY

'tis the Season

As we have entered the holiday season, and Thanksgiving has come and gone, UC Extension has much to be …

Recent Publications related to Agriculture & Food

Bee inside a cavity at the end of a log.

What If Bee Hotels Aren’t Actually Good for Bees?

This chapter in the collection, How to Manage a Successful Bee Hotel, responds to critiques …

4 days ago
Bee on a white, ball-shaped flower.

Meet the Residents

The second chapter in the collection, How to Manage a Successful Bee Hotel, highlights some …

4 days ago
Blocks with holes drilled into the ends attached to a pole.

What is a Bee Hotel?

This is the first chapter in the collection, How to Manage a Successful Bee Hotel. …

4 days ago
decorative photos of a drilled block bee hotel (left) and cross section of a hollowed stem nest interior

How to Manage a Successful Bee Hotel

This collection describes how to design and build a bee hotel to support native pollinator …

4 days ago
Greenhouse with tomato plants used as a control and sesame plants used in study.

Screening Sesame for Resistance to Multiple Root-Knot Nematode Species

This publication discusses the results of greenhouse trials that screened seven sesame varieties for resistance …

7/18/22

Raising Prices on Meat, a Pep Talk

This publication provides information to help farms make decisions about raising prices on meat products …

7/14/22Local Foods
strawberry planting

14. Small Fruits

This small fruits chapter from the Extension Gardener Handbook reviews selection, planting, and maintenance of …

7/12/22
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Building Local Food Economies: A Guide for Governments

This publication serves as a guide on building local food economies for planners, economic developers, …

7/6/22