Durham County, North Carolina

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planting bulbs

We have hard packed clay soil. What can I use to help me dig in my yard to plant bulbs in a couple of weeks. We are relatively new to North Carolina. What do you suggest I add to the soil? Also, when in November is the right time to plant? Thank you.

Cam Blass

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Durham County NC 4 months ago

Right time to plant bulbs

I am relatively new to the area. This fall I have purchased bulbs. When can I start planting them?

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Durham County NC 4 months ago

where can I learn basics about vegetables

Health problems have forced me to find plant based diet alternatives but I know nothing about vegetables. Do you know of a basic vegetable course I could take online where I could learn about vegetables. I especially need iodine. I know about seaweed kelp but I need to find other plant based sources for iodine other than salt due to high cholesterol and heart issues. I am 62 yrs old and do not want to get stroke or heart attack.

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Durham County NC 4 months ago

Essentria IC3 and Ladybugs

I have some lovely really old crape myrtles on my property that are covered in black soot (ie aphid poop). This is the first time I've ever seen this amount of soot. In the past there may have been a little but nothing to make me worry that the tree would not recover. I'm afraid I'm going to lose some of these trees. I recently hired a company to apply an organic mosquito spray each month. They fog my property with a product called Essentria IC3. Could this be killing my ladybuys and causing the aphids to proliferate?

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Durham County NC 4 months ago

General

Do you have to cure sweet potatoes b4 you eat them from the field? Or can you eat them right out of the field?

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Durham County NC 4 months ago

Soil Erosion

We recently purchased a home that in on a hill and noticed an erosion issue in our backyard. Do you know of any resources for learning about slowing soil erosion? And what are the best plants for slowing soil erosion? Thank you!

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Durham County NC 4 months ago

Dying Japanese Maple

We've been in our house 2 years. Last year, our Japanese maple was beautiful, full, healthy looking. This year, I started noticing a lot fewer leaves, drier bark, and I ended up cutting away a lot of dead wood. It is now about 20% of what it used to be. An arborist came out and called it root rot, but I am skeptical. We started pest control, and I'm wondering if that could have done something? Other plants seem mostly fine though.
I'm attaching three photos, including one healthy from spring/summer 2019, one with dead branches I cut back in spring/summer 2020, and one recent one.

Based on looking at older photos of our house from real estate listings, the tree has been there for a long while, and always seems healthy.

I didn't intentionally water the tree, but neither was it extremely dry for many periods of time.

Thank you for your kind volunteering and knowledge.


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Durham County NC 5 months ago

Fall Planting for flower seeds

Hi there! I've been reading about planting seeds in the fall, for early spring growth. In particular, I am looking to plant Larkspur, bells of ireland, and poppies. I also have hollyhock and sweet william seeds. All the packet information for these flowers seems to say "plant in early spring" but I was reading that particularly poppies and larkspur like cold stratification. Do you have any guidance for how to best plant these flowers? Would appreciate any information about cold stratification or soaking as well as best times to sow the seeds. Thank you!! Sarah

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Durham County NC 5 months ago

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