Extension Gardener – Zoom Style

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Enjoying being out of doors while working from home? Need something to do to get outside? Have questions or interested in learning more about horticulture, gardening, and your backyard environment? Look no further and join us! The offices of the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Hoke and Scotland Counties are offering these free for you.

Register for these classes on Eventbrite. You will be asked for your name and email address. Upon registration, you will receive a link and password for the specific class you signed up for. Classes are being held on the Zoom platform. Complete log-on information will be sent to you prior to class start.

Class format is lecture with questions and answers throughout. Even though it is on-line, we will make it fun, while learning about the various topics.

Thursday, April 23, 2020, 10 a.m.

Fire Ants, Minimizing them in your yard – Fire ants are here to stay. You can minimize their impact in your home landscape. Learn strategies that are effective for these pesky stinging ants.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 10 a.m.

How to Prune Hydrangeas – Hydrangeas are a very popular blooming shrub. Learn about the different species and how each one has different pruning requirements.

Thursday, April 30, 2020, 10 a.m.

Gardening for Beginners – Gardening means different things to different people. Learn what lawns, vegetable gardens, and landscape plantings have in common. General information on how to grow all types plants will be shared.

Tuesday, May 7, 2020, 10 a.m.

Growing Herbs is easy and fun! – How to grow annual and perennial herbs will be discussed.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 10 a.m.

Integrated Pest Management – In every part of the landscape there are challenges from all sorts of pests that challenge our gardening skills. In this class, we will learn strategies to minimize those impacts and potentially reduce applications of pesticides. Less toxic insecticides will be discussed also.

 Thursday, May 14, 2020, 10 a.m.

Flowers for Native Pollinators – Honey bees and native insects that pollinate our food crops need help. Learn the basics of planting trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals that will benefit not only the beauty of your home landscape, but help pollinators survive in our modern world.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Shannon Newton at srnewton@ncsu.edu.