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For Beginners... Gardening is a rewarding hobby that many enthusiasts credit with helping them to peacefully escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.


Though gardening can be both relaxing and rewarding, it’s not as easy as it may seem, and the more time and effort a person devotes to his or her garden the more likely it is to be successful. Gardening can be a little daunting for beginners who have little or no experience planting flowers or vegetables. But gardening need not be so intimidating, especially for those beginners who adhere to the following tips aimed at helping novice gardeners start their gardens off on the right foot. • Determine what you should plant. Where you live will go a long way toward determining what you should plant. While you can plant anything you can get your hands on, the United States Department of Agriculture as well as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada have determined specific plant hardiness zones that indicate which plants are most likely to thrive in given locations. Maps of these zones can be found at www. and www.agr. By adhering to the maps, gardeners can significantly increase their chances of growing successful gardens. When in doubt about

what to plant, consult a local gardening center or seek advice from a professional landscaper. • Think location when beginning your garden. Beginners with large yards have the luxury of choosing the right location on their properties to start planting. When choosing a spot, consider how much sunlight a location gets on a daily basis and the spot’s proximity to a water supply. If planting flowers, try to avoid planting in areas with heavy foot traffic so the flowers are less likely to be stomped. If you’re planting flowers to accent walkways, then consider erecting a barrier around the flower bed to safeguard the flowers from foot traffic. • Get started before you plant. Preparing the soil a few weeks before you start planting can help the plants thrive down the road. Add some organic material, such as compost or fertilizer, to the soil roughly three weeks before planting. This helps the soil retain water and nutrients, which will help your garden thrive. • Time your planting. When you plant is sometimes as important as what you plant. Some climates allow for year-round planting, but

many do not. When buying seeds, the packaging might suggest what time of year to plant the seeds. Adhere to these suggestions or your garden might not grow much at all. In addition, keep in mind that many seedlings need significant light throughout the day in order to grow, so choose a time of year with ample daylight. • Don’t forget to mulch. Mulch can be as aesthetically appealing as it is effective. Mulch retains soil, helping roots to grow stronger, while deterring bugs and preventing weed growth. And many gardeners find mulch adds visual appeal their garden, and does so in a very inexpensive way. • Clean your tools. Beginners rarely recognize the importance of cleaning gardening tools before putting them away. At the end of each gardening session, clean your tools thoroughly, as soil left on your garden tools can play host to potentially harmful microbes that might kill your plants. Gardening can be a labor-intensive yet gratifying hobby. By sticking to a few simple rules, beginners can develop a thriving garden to reward all of that hard work.

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Home & Garden Show back for 2013 The Triangle East Home and Garden Show returns to Wilson for the third time on March 15 and 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Wilson Recreation Center and is promised to offer more activities and events this year with an increase in vendor participation. The main speaker, Bryce Lane, host of “In the Garden with Bryce Lane,” is also generating a lot of interest, said Rebecca Tew, membership services manager with the Wilson Chamber of Commerce. “In the Garden with Bryce Lane” is a popular UNC TV show that offers introductory gardening information for the home gardener. Lane is also an N.C. State University distinguished undergraduate professor and undergraduate coordinator for horticulture science. “I think the interest is because of Bryce Lane,” Tew said. “I think people are familiar with him and we anticipate a great crowd.” Over 50 vendors plan to participate this year with several setting up booths outside of the Wilson Recreation Center, at 500 Sunset Road. The Wilson Chamber of Commerce event is free and open to the public. On Friday at 11 a.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m., there will be special presentations from the

Duplin Winery titled, “Muscadines are devine from the grape to the wine.” Foss Recycling will set up a recycling area outside and will recycle donated electronic items. On Saturday, Cardinal Party Rental will set up a large, inflatable slide for children and Lowe’s “Build and Grow” will offer activities for children at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Door prizes will be offered by 12 participating vendors. This year’s vendors will offer a variety of services and products related to home and garden improvements. Some of the vendors will offer ideas for home improvements ranging from baths, spas and pools to windows, sunrooms and swimming pools. Other vendors will have information about taxes, insurance, cell phones and college and others will focus on outdoor gardening and landscaping. The Raleigh Road Garden Center and Duplin Winery plan to participate as vendors. Other vendors will have information about building supplies, pest control, mosquito control, water systems, shutters and other restoration projects. “Vendors have activities from their booths,” Tew said. “It’s up to them to put on a good show and that’s what

people look forward to.” The Home Builders Association of Wilson is one of this year’s participating sponsors for the first time. The Triangle East Home and Garden Show was created in an effort to draw interest, participation and visitors from an eight-county region. The first show in 2010 drew an estimated 3,500 people and included 90 vendors in April 2010. The show was not held in 2011 due to economic conditions and a decline in interest but became successful once again in 2012. Organizers expect a large and enthusiastic crowd for 2013. From staff reports

Attendees at the 2012 Triangle East Home & Garden Show peruse the booths of the different vendors, meet their local home and garden experts and take away valuable information for their upcoming home projects. Though the show focuses on outdoor gardening, vendors at this year’s show will offer ideas for everything from home renovation and swimming pools to taxes, insurance and cell phones. Photos courtesy of the Wilson Chamber of Commerce

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Bryce Lane has a passion for gardening. But he also loves to share that passion. “Any time that I’m able to get out and talk to people about gardening, I’m happy,” he says. On Saturday, he will bring that passion to the Triangle East Home and Garden Show on Saturday at 11 a.m. The title of his presentation is: “Gardening is not complicated, it’s hard! Simple approaches to outdoor living.” Viewers of his popular, Emmywinning UNC-TV show, “In the Garden with Bryce Lane,” have found him traveling around the state — and sometimes even abroad — for ten seasons expounding on different gardening techniques with great knowledge and enthusiasm. But often, the show features his own garden in Raleigh, which he has cultivated for the past 30 years. Lane’s presentation on Saturday will cover a variety of topics, but will tie together how simple he believes gardening can be. As he does each week on his show, he hopes to “help people see and relate to what they can do in their own home landscapes” and inspire the courage to try different things. “We make it much too complicated than it really is,” said Lane. Lane said he will focus on getting people to be truthful with themselves about their own yard and how best to garden in it. “It sounds obvious, but we try to pretend that some of the shady spots in our yard are sunny. And vice versa. We need to be honest about it.” Lane also says that we need to be honest about our soil. Most would-be gardeners ignore basic soil preparation and the proper

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pH levels. Lane joined the faculty of N.C. State in 1981, where he teaches horticulture science and has served as the undergraduate coordinator since 1987. He has received numerous accolades during his tenure, from both N.C. State and national educational organizations. His career began many years ago when he took a high school job graduate degree in ornamental at a local nursery in his home horticulture from Ohio State state of Massachusetts. University. “At the time, it was purely to His show, “In the Garden make money, for college and what not. But I also wanted to be with Bryce Lane,” has run for 10 seasons on UNC-TV and has outdoors,” he said. garnered two regional Emmys Looking back, however, that and a large, loyal following in job was the single experience North Carolina. that truly launched his love of horticulture. From there, $ 10 VISITS he went No Appointment Necessary on to the New Merchandise Arriving Daily UniverFlags, Handbags, Jewelry, sity of Woodwick Candles, Claire Burke MassaNEW RELEASE VIDEOS chusetts, where he for 1 Night majored in plant science, and then earned a masters of Shoppes at Brentwood • 291-1162 science

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Duplin Winery to present on Friday and Saturday, discuss health benefits of muscadines On Friday at 11 a.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m., there will be a special presentation given by Eric Moore of Duplin Winery: “Muscadines are Divine from the Grape to the Wine.” The half-hour presentations will focus on the history of Duplin Winery, but more specifically, the many health benefits of muscadine grapes. Due to the antioxidant benefits of the grape, Duplin Winery has branched out to sell variety of health products. Since 1996, they have offered NutraGrape, which is manufactured using 100 percent of the grape seed and is touted for its healing properties. And for the last two years, Duplin has offered products made from the whole grape, as recent studies have proven that even more benefits lie within the fruit. Moore says that antioxidants have

great anti-inflammatory properties to them, and they have been used to help people suffering from anything from joint problems to cancer. “The list goes on,” said Moore. “It’s great for people with any autoimmune disease.” In addition to the health products, the winery, which bottled its first wine in 1976, makes a variety jams and jellies using the famous grape, in addition to barbecue sauce, salsa, relish and other products. Moore says he will also have a new product at the show — a wine slushie, known as a “sweetzer.” Duplin Winery, the largest winery in the South, regularly wins national and international acclaim for its wines. Over 100,000 people visit their Rose Hill winery and production facility each year.

Duplin Winery will make two presentations this weekend: Friday at 11 a.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. Photos courtesy of Duplin Winery

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Tips to start composting It doesn’t matter if you’re a gardening novice trying to supplement your dinner table with some home-grown veggies or an entrepreneur that earns a living off the land, composting is a simple way to go green and help save the environment. You don’t have to be an environmentalist to compost, either. Compost, which is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled and used for fertilizing soil, is great for your garden and will help reduce landfill waste. In addition, composting in your home garden will help you save money. Using compost means your garden will be more cost-effective because you will have to spend less on fertilizers, insecticides, and fungicides for a given harvest of any crop,” says Brett L. Markham, author of “The Mini Farming Guide to Composting,” the latest in his Mini Farming book series. Across the country people are embracing the concept of self-sufficiency and preparedness, “mini farming” anywhere, from rooftop urban gardens to suburban backyards to larger land plots. Growing food is easier than ever and composting is a huge part of this movement. Markham, who also has written the bestselling “Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre” as well as mini farming guides to fermenting and vegetable gardening, offers these gardening tips to get started on composting: • Composting is a natural form of recycling, so use food waste, grass clippings, coffee grounds and even paper as compost. Just be sure to shred the paper first to speed up the process.

• Start your compost pile in a convenient spot, and make sure it is semishaded and well-drained. • Add bulking agents such as wood chips to accelerate the breakdown of organic materials, allowing the finished material to fully stabilize and mature through a curing process. Add leaves, straw, or hay along with grass clippings or green manures for plenty of bulk. Each layer should be no more than two inches so that the grass clippings or leaves don’t get matted down to form a layer impermeable to air. • Keep the compost moist. Either water it yourself or let rain take care of it. The compost should be moist, but not soaked. • Cover the compost pile to help retain moisture and heat. This will also help prevent the compost from being over-watered by the rain. • Turn the compost pile with a shovel or a fork to aerate the pile. It is important to water the pile as you turn it as well. Turning the pile adds oxygen to the compost which is necessary to get the most out of your pile. • Once you add the compost to your garden, you’ll be ready to start planting in two to five weeks!

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Managing difficult yards Many homeowners aim for a picture perfect lawn complete with rolling acres of soft, green grass. But Mother Nature may have other things in mind... providing homeowners with lessthan-stellar growing conditions for their lawns, plants and other foliage. Frustration can mount when a yard is muddy, is especially shady or has soil that doesn’t seem to grow a thing. In such instances, homeowners may have to go the extra mile to get the yard they desire.

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Improper drainage or low-lying areas in a yard may contribute to a muddy mess. Soil that is inhospitable for grass also may end up causing muddy patches because the grass simply does not grow. In some cases, remedying a muddy yard is easy and inexpensive. Some homeowners find that tilling the soil and amending it with a fiber mulch helps to absorb

extra water and make the conditions better for lawn seeds to sprout. This also helps to aerate compacted soil that can hinder grass growth. Adding soil fill also may help to level lowlying areas that can be puddling. Some homeowners find that they need to do a little more work and spend some more money to fix irrigation issues. Installing a draining system or having the property sloped to draw water away can sometimes be done by a homeowner but is often best left to a professional. You may need to dig trenches, and the property may need to be regraded to make a difference.

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to remedy the problem. Although it will take some work at the outset, amending the soil can improve conditions and reduce how much maintenance the lawn needs. Digging down several inches and adding nutrient-rich filler soil will help create conditions that are better for growing. Those who are interested in planting vegetables could opt for raised garden beds above the challenging soil.


Sometimes a yard is problematic because of the amount of sunshine it receives. Too much sunshine can scald certain grasses, while inadequate sunshine may result in bare patches where grass won’t grow. If cost is no object, removing or planting trees to establish better grow-

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ing conditions could be an option. However, today there are many grass blends that are tailored toward specific sunlight scenarios. Homeowners may find that low-light blends will grow better in shady areas. For those who are finding no luck with grass blends, it may just be necessary to think creatively. Plant shade-loving plants, such as ferns or ground cover, where the grass won’t take. Design the landscape so it looks intentional. Flagstone and slate placed in certain areas also may mask temperamental growing areas. There are different options for managing various situations in the yard that can make growing lawn or other plants challenging. If projects are difficult, it could be smart to call in a professional


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Entertaining on a patio or deck Few things are better than having a functional and beautiful outdoor space to entertain guests. Having a great outdoor space enables a person to host parties or intimate gatherings all year long. Establishing an entertaining space and maintaining that space are essential when planning another year of fun in the sun. There are many things homeowners can do to ensure their entertaining space is safe and functional. As the season approaches, include some landscaping and decorating components to your preparatory plans to make the space as comfortable and aesthetically appealing as possible. Here are a few key tips for readying your yard for entertaining possibilities. Expand on these basics to customize an area for your unique needs. • Check the area for any needed repairs. Prior to your first entertaining session, look over the deck or patio to take note of any flaws that may present safety hazards. Are there any loose railings? Are all screws and nails flush so they do not cause tripping? Are there any cracks in concrete or loose patio blocks? Be sure to remedy all of the repairs needed to ensure guests will be safe. If you are unsure of any structural deficits, con-

sult with a contractor. • Hire a reputable contractor. If you are just laying the groundwork for a new patio or deck, it is important to get the necessary permits and then hire a person who has been properly vetted. Check qualifications and licensing before hiring a contractor and ask to view a portfolio of his or her previous work. Word-of-mouth recommendations from trusted friends and family members are good, and you can also double-check qualifications by contacting the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been lodged or use a service such as Angie’s List to read reviews of his or her work. • Think about closing in a portion of a deck or patio. The use of a canopy, netting or even greenery to protect an entertaining space can help minimize weatherrelated damage to outdoor furniture. Netting will keep a good number of biting insects at bay when the weather is warm and humid. Having a bit of concealment also means you can create a private space that isn’t easily viewed by neighbors or passersby.

Did you know? When people think of outdoor storage, they generally envision garden sheds to house their lawn and garden equipment and tools. However, if space doesn’t allow for a large shed, there is no need to fret because there are other storage possibilities. Consider a garden ottoman or bench, for example. This structure can be built from wood and then painted or covered in padded fabric. Store small items inside the ottoman, which can also serve as a table or additional seating. In addition to an ottoman, a garden tool that can keep shovels and rakes organized. Homeowners with a deck can construct lidded deck boxes to store patio cushions or any other outdoor equipment. Utilizing the space under the deck is another idea. Cover the perimeter of the bottom of the deck with lattice and install one piece on a hinge to serve as a door. Store equipment underneath and out of sight. It also will be protected from the elements.

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Extend the life of your tools Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and do-it-yourselfers are kicking their home improvement projects into high gear. At the heart of any handy job in or around the house is a high-quality set of tools. “Even great tools won’t work as well or last forever if they aren’t treated with care,” warns Chris Barker, Technical Manager at Royal Purple, a manufacturer of premium synthetic lubricants. So what can DIYers do to extend the life of their valuable tools?

Store Properly Good organization is not just about saving time when you’re looking for the proper tool, or even just about saving space in your garage or shed. Good organization can go a long way toward keeping tools in proper working order for longer. So never leave tools scattered about where they are susceptible to getting dinged or could be the cause of an accident.  Install shelving units and invest in a quality toolbox that meets your size and portability needs. Proper storage away from the elements can also protect metal tools from rust and wooden handles from rot. Be sure

to clean and dry all tools before storing them and maintain a cool and dry climate in your workshop or garage.

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Caring for a freshly sodded lawn Sod, sometimes called turf, can quickly turn a barren landscape into a rich, thick carpet of green. Homeowners hoping to revive their lawns commonly turn to sod as the quickest means to do just that. However, once the sod has been laid down, few homeowners may know how to keep it looking its best. Sod is real grass that is grown on special farms. It is generally grown locally to avoid long transport times that could dry out the product. Sod is typically sold in squares or rolls of grass that come with the roots and soil already attached. There may be some sort of thin backing material on the sod to keep the grass

blades together. Many homeowners turn to sod when growing lawn from seed becomes problematic or too time-consuming. Seeds can be blown around in the wind or be eaten by birds and other animals before they have a chance to germinate. Sodding a lawn is a major investment, costing as much as $1 per two-foot square. Depending on the size of your lawn, this can be a costly job even before

adding the cost of additional supplies, such as soil, fertilizer and tilling equipment. Many homeowners who install sod want to ensure their investment lasts. Here are the main ways to care for and protect sod until it is fully established. • Once the sod has been laid down, the lawn should be thoroughly soaked with water. Most experts recommend soaking it to a depth of 6 inches. • It is important to establish a watering

schedule to keep the sod moist. Water the sod to a depth of one inch every other day for the first three weeks to enable the roots to securely establish themselves in the soil. • Water the sod every other day unless the weather has been very warm. After four weeks you can generally go up to five days without watering as long as you transition slowly. The sod will change colors if it is not getting enough water. Never let the

lawn turn yellow, otherwise you may have to cut out dead spots and re-sod. • Wait two to four weeks before mowing the sod. Keep the lawn height to around two inches to ensure that it won’t scald in the sun. • After two months of established sod growth, aerate the sod to keep the soil from being too compact and to enable oxygen and nutrients to get into the soil. • Keep children and pets off of the sod while

it is establishing itself. • Fertilize the lawn every 50 to 60 days, beginning in March and ending in October. • Inspect the sod for pests, which may include insects or problems like fungi or weeds. Treat accordingly with products designed to remove pests. Using sod to establish a lush lawn is a fast, albeit more expensive option to sowing seeds. After a few weeks the lawn will be thick and secure.


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Watering 101 Help your lawn thrive through the dog days of summer Summer can take its toll on just about everyone. Even the most ardent fan of summer eventually grows weary of a heat wave, which can make something as simple as walking down the street seem exhausting. While human beings have their ways of surviving summer heat, such survival can be more difficult for your lawn and garden. Certain grasses and plants thrive in hot weather. But when the dog days of summer arrive, even those grasses and plants built to withstand the summer sun can suffer. That’s why watering takes on such importance in the summertime, when grasses and plants need water to avoid drying out and possibly even dying. The following are a few basic watering techniques to help homeowners keep their lawns going strong through the next summer swoon. • Water when it’s coolest. Watering when the temperatures are their lowest might seem counterintuitive. After all, homeowners might think their grass and gardens need water most when the temperature is at its highest. But watering when the temperature is cooler decreases evaporation, meaning your lawn will get the water it needs and won’t lose any to steamy conditions that cause evaporation. This is especially important

when the amount of water you can use is limited by a drought restriction. You’ll want to make sure the water you can use is actually going to the lawn and not evaporating as you’re watering. Watering in the early morning or in the evening, when the sun is not as strong and the temperatures are generally at their coolest, also reduces the likelihood that your grass will burn. That’s because water attracts the sun, and a lawn that’s wet in the middle of a hot day might attract too much sun and cause the lawn to burn. • Recognize that not all plants are the same. How much water a plant needs and how frequently it needs to be watered largely depends on how deep its roots are. A plant with shallow roots won’t need to be watered for long periods of time, but it will need to be watered frequently, whereas a deep-rooted plant like a tree or a shrub will need to be watered for long periods of time but not as frequently. Research the plants around your property to determine the depths of their root systems and water accordingly. • Lean on mulch to retain moisture. Mulch is often considered an aesthetically appealing addition to a landscape, but it serves a practical purpose as well. Mulch retains moisture during the hot summer months,

Effective watering can help a lawn and garden survive the dog days of summer.

reducing the need to water – a valuable benefit during a drought restriction. Mulch also makes it difficult for weeds to grow, which can keep homeowners from spending hot summer afternoons pulling

weeds out of their gardens and flower beds. * Strategically locate sprinklers. Sprinklers should be located so no water is ending up on the driveway or sidewalks around your property. Watering the

concrete or asphalt is wasteful, and that’s water that could be going toward your plants. When watering by hand, be sure all of the water is finding its way to plants and not on any walkways.

Successfully watering a lawn and garden during the dog days of summer can greatly reduce the risk of ending summer with a lawn full of bald spots and a garden filled with wilted plants.

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Cultivate an herb garden Many people cultivate gardens both inside and outside of their homes with a focus on adding aesthetic appeal to their property. But a garden that boasts plants that are edible and pleasing to the eye is a possibility as well. Planting an herb garden is a creative way to enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of a wide variety of plants. Using fresh-harvested herbs in culinary endeavors imparts a taste that dried spices cannot match. What’s more, fresh herbs are often easy to cultivate. Herbs are versatile, capable of lending great flavor to foods while also playing different roles in personal health

and beauty. Herbs can be grown to perfume homes and bodies. There are herbs that are also purported to help with ailments, from upset stomachs to anxiety. When planting an herb garden, you may want to pay particular attention to the types of flavors and smells you like in your home and cooking. This will help you to narrow down the types of herbs you will plant. Many would-be herb gardeners tend to start small to see what luck they have when cultivating herbs. Fortunately, herbs can grow well in containers indoors, provided the soil is amenable and there is plenty of sunlight.

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Herbs will grow best in well-prepared soil. Make sure that it is rich in organic matter and drains well. Also, for plants like parsley, be sure to have deep pots or dig deeply in the garden to establish long taproots. Until the weather

warms up, you may want to begin herb cultivation indoors and then transfer plants outside during the summer. Basil, for instance, is a tropical plant that does well in warm conditions. Therefore, it will need to be kept away from drafts


and get several hours of direct sunshine a day. Place most herb planters in a south-facing window of a home to ensure they get ample sunlight and to allow the soil to dry adequately between waterings. With many herbs, leaf

production will diminish on any stems that flower. It is essential to pinch off flowers that form to encourage the herb plant to continue producing leaves, which are the parts of the plant most associated with seasoning and aroma.

Triangle East Home & Garden Show Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Wilson Garden Tour returns for 2013 Warmer weather is right around the corner, and its arrival welcomes the renewed bloom of many area gardens. Take advantage of the season and enjoy some the best gardens Wilson has to offer with the return of the 2013 Wilson Garden Tour on May 3 and 4. The 2013 Wilson Garden Tour will feature eight local gardens throughout Wilson and is open, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. Tickets for the event are $25 per person, and free for children under 12 years old. Like previous tours, all proceeds benefit the Children’s Secret Garden at the Wilson Botanical Gardens. The 2013 Tour will feature the gardens of: 1) Mr. and Mrs. Tim Webb, 8620 Tyson Farm Rd., Stantonsburg; 2) Dr. and Mrs. James Cummings, 2900 Falling Maple Drive; 3) Dr. and Mrs. Jim Taylor, 3003 Wolf Trap Dr.; 4) Mr. and Mrs. Ken Hill, 3601 Myrtle Woods Ct.; 5) Ms. Carol Wikfors and Ms. Sheila


Forbes, 509 Lafayette Dr.; 6) Mr. and Mrs. Ben Skinner, 521 Mount Vernon Dr.; 7) Mr. and Mrs. Dickie Barnes, 2006 Hermitage Dr.; 8) Mr. and Mrs. Bill Andrews, 2305 Canal Dr. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Tour as well. For more information, call 252-237-0113. Tickets will be available at all gardens during the tour. They may be purchased prior to the tour at Wilson Ag. Center, Raleigh Road Garden Center, The Flower Pot and The Nook.

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Deer-proofing a garden


Creating a beautiful and bountiful garden is a popular pastime for people all across the country. It is important to keep in mind that aesthetically appealing plants may be appetizing to area wildlife, including deer. Those who do not want their gardens to turn into all-you-can-eat buffets for deer, rabbits and other wild animals can take a more proactive approach to gardening. Deer are opportunists who will no doubt see your garden as a salad bar ripe with all of their favorite foods. As housing developments continue to encroach on the natural habitats of deer and other animals, these animals are becoming more visible. Deer may not be able to forage for food effectively in their smaller, natural surroundings, or they may become accustomed to the “easy pickings” they find in neighborhood yards. Either way, you may encounter a deer in or around your area. Keeping deer at bay involves some work and maintenance on the part of a homeowner. There are safe and humane methods to repelling deer, or at least blocking access to the plants worth protecting. Here are the main ways to deer-proof a garden.

Fence It

Fences are one way to deter deer from entering a yard and dining on your garden. Keep in mind that deer can jump fences that are quite tall, but they have to be especially motivated to jump an eight-foot-tall fence. Still, they tend to be weary about scaling a

fence when they cannot see what is on the other side. Therefore, if you are fencing out deer, choose a fence that camouflages the garden well and completely encloses the area to be protected. If you do not want the fence to be solid, consider putting stakes or thorny plants within the garden so that the deer will hesitate to jump into the garden.

Scare Them

Deer are naturally skittish around people, but over time they can become quite complacent around human beings. Once a deer decides that something will not present a threat, the deer can adapt to its presence. Motion-activated devices may not work, nor the presence of pets. Predator urine is typically an effective way at keeping deer at bay. Bottled coyote urine can be quite effective, although human urine may work as well. Reapplying the product weekly around the plants is a good idea.

Repel the Deer There are many organic or chemicallybased products on the market that deer may find offensive to the taste or smell. Hot pepper, sulfur and eggs or even the use of soapy water have been

successful in certain instances. The use of blood meal or even human hair around the garden may repel the deer and keep them on a different foraging path. However, remember that any deer that is very hungry may ignore unpleasant tastes or smells for a quick bite.

Change Plants

If other food sources are available, there are some species of plants and trees that deer will avoid. Filling your garden with these plants can help you maintain a beautiful, albeit untasty, environment for deer. When planting annuals, select among: * Alyssum * Begonias * Calendula * Celosia * Dianthus * Foxglove * Geraniums * Parsley * Poppy * Snapdragons In terms of perennials, plant these items once, and deer could stay away: * Ageratum * Anemone * Astibe * Bearded iris * Catmint * Honeysuckle * Lantana * Monkshood * Rock rose * Rosemary * Soapwort * Wisteria Plant these herbs

alongside flowers for even more protection: * Chives * Eucalyptus * Garlic

* Mint * Thyme * Wintergreen Gardeners who use a combination of methods

to keep deer out of their yards and gardens may have a higher success rate at deterring these animals.

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Grow what you eat Cooking from the garden is not like cooking from the store. There’s nothing more tasty, nutritious and satisfying than fresh, homemade meals made from the fruits, vegetables and herbs you grew yourself. Experts say that even with modest amounts of time and space, you can grow an organic garden plot that feeds your family all year long. “The simplest methods of gardening work best,” says Barbara Damrosch, organic gardening expert and co–author of the new book, “The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook,” which serves as both a garden guide and a healthful cookbook. “There is very little you can’t accomplish in the garden if you trust the systems that are already in place.” Damrosch and coauthor Eliot Coleman contend that organic vegetable gardening is not only healthful for you and your family, but is also good for the planet and can make a serious dent in your food expenses. They are offering these great tips to anyone looking to grow and cook their own food: • When choosing which plants to grow, consider how much space you have. Salad crops, for example, give you the most variety in a garden of limited size. Consider prioritizing crops whose flavor is most notably lacking in supermarket varieties, such as tomatoes, strawberries, cucumbers and melons. • It helps to get to know different plants on a family basis. Fam-

ily groupings are very important in planning how to rotate the crops in your garden from year to year, and much of the techniques that work for one vegetable, apply equally well to its cousins. • Don’t let weeds get ahead of you. Once they’ve gained the upper

hand, getting rid of them can seem almost impossible. The ideal time to control weeds is when they are tiny, right after they first appear. Take the extra time to plant in straight lines, which can help with weed control.    • Veteran gardeners tend to be supportive resources to newcomers.

Let friends with green thumbs share their enthusiasm and expertise with you. Or get involved in an organic community garden, where there is no shortage of experienced gardeners to consult. • Pass up the modern habit of eating any crop, any time of year by let-

ting your garden feed you. Fruits and vegetables that come from halfway around the world were often harvested far too early and can have a disappointing, bland taste. By planning meals from your garden, you’ll become a more creative, improvisational cook. More gardening tips

can be found at www. Eating is one of the most important things we do, so don’t just settle for what the supermarket has to offer. Gardening can revolutionize the way you eat, and help you take greater control of your family’s nutrition.

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Pruning benefits Pruning trees and shrubs is necessary to ensure they maintain their health and vigor. Trees and shrubs should be inspected annually to determine if they need to be pruned. Mature trees typically do not need to be pruned as frequently as young trees, which need pruning to establish branch structure. Trees and shrubs that go years without pruning can become overgrown and weak. In addition to promoting tree and shrub health, pruning pays a host of other dividends. • Pruning removes dead or diseased branches. Pruning helps a tree or shrub maintain its shape and vigor by removing broken, dead or diseased branches that can be unsightly and make it more difficult for the tree or shrub to stay healthy. When broken, dead or diseased branches are removed, trees or shrubs look healthier and add aesthetic appeal to a property. • Pruning trees and shrubs promotes growth of other plants. Trees and shrubs that go years without being pruned become overgrown, making it difficult for plants underneath or adjacent to them to grow in healthy. For example, grass beneath an overgrown tree might not get adequate sunlight, which it needs to establish strong roots so it can grow in lush and healthy. Pruning allows plants beneath the tree and shrub and even those next to the tree and shrub to grow in nicely. • Pruning can sometimes bring plants back

to life. Shrubs that have gone years without being pruned can sometimes still be salvaged. In some instances, pruning such shrubs can restore natural and healthy growth. • Pruning reduces risk of accidents. Overgrown trees can interfere with power lines, increasing the risk of accidents and power outages. In addition, overgrown trees tend to have larger, weaker limbs, which can prove hazardous and cause property damage during storms. Pruning overgrown trees reduces the risk of such accidents. • Pruning can save money. Over time, overgrown trees might require professional assistance in order to

be removed or pruned from a property. Homeowners who prune their trees as needed can save themselves the cost of a potentially pricey tree service. • Pruning adds curb appeal. A property littered with overgrown trees and shrubs hurts a home’s curb appeal, giving prospective buyers the impression that homeowners might have been careless with regard to maintaining the whole house and not just the lawn. But trees and shrubs that are pruned and well-maintained can add to a home’s curb appeal, something that goes a long way toward impressing prospective buyers.


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Upgrades make your home stand out Remodeling your home? Don’t just keep up with the Joneses. Go a step further by giving your home truly unique upgrades. Experts say that one great way to be distinctive and add value to your home is by going natural. So if you’re thinking of redoing your countertops, floors, walls or other key home elements like no one else

on your block, think marble, granite and salvaged lumber. “There is no way to duplicate nature in a laboratory or manufacturing environment,” says Garen Distelhorst, Communications Director at the Marble Institute of America. “Natural stone is quarried from rock beds formed over millions of years. You’re never going to find two pieces exactly alike.”

Here are some benefits of natural materials for you to consider • Return on Investment: In many cases, marble and granite are less expensive than other premium materials and add value to a home when it’s time to sell. According to the most current data available, natural stone recovered between 80 to 86 percent of its remodeling cost at the time of resale.

• Durability: The ancient civilizations were onto something when they built their cities. Natural stone stands up to weathering and time better than any other building material, natural or manmade. Stone floors, countertops and wall cladding will last for at least 100 years in many cases. Likewise, salvaged lumber is old growth wood, which means it’s stronger and

has tighter wood grains than new lumber and can give your home project historical value. • Sustainability: Natural stone is an environmentally friendly choice because it’s nearly 100 percent recyclable and is not bonded by petroleum based resins or created in a factory. And because of its durability, it won’t need to be replaced for a long time. • Versatility: The

number of different colors, patterns and textures of natural stone is limitless. This may make finding the perfect cuts to fit your design needs a bit of a chore, but what you end up with will be unique to your home. And different finishes and edge treatments can lend the same kind of stone a different quality and look, making it ideal for various applications.

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Triangle East Home & Garden Show 2013  

Triangle East Home & Garden Show 2013