SEPTEMBER 2019 BUNCOMBE COUNTY CENTER WHAT’S IN THIS ISSUEIncredible Education ProgramsSeptember Garden ChoresHarvesting and Drying GourdsCover Crops and Green ManuresEvaluate the Summer GardenFirewise LandscapingCheck Your Pressure GaugeFind Extension Master Gardeners at:Mountain State FairWNC Farmers Market Compost DemoAsheville City Tailgates Demo Day at the Learning Garden“HARVEST TIME”Wednesday September 119:00 am – 11:00 pmaaPresenter: The Learning Garden Team of Extension Master Gardenervolunteers It is time to harvest late summer vegetables and herbs and to enjoy the last of summer flowers. While many perennials are finishing for the year, others are coming into their own. Come get ideas from our FourSeason garden on extending the season in your garden. Start your fall garden clean-up and visit our Compost Demonstration site to learn how to recycle your garden. And don’t forget to move tender houseplants back into the house. The day begins at 9 a.m. with a brief orientation after which you can visit the different garden sites and talk with Master Gardeners in those gardens. The talk is free but registration is requested by calling 828-255-5522.Location: NC Cooperative Extension, Buncombe County Center 49 Mount Carmel Rd Asheville, NC
Gardening In The Mountains
Thursday September 19th10:00 am – 12:00 pm aaPresenter: Bryan Tompkins, Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Asheville.
Bryan is the USFWS Southeast Region recovery biologist for the federally endangered rusty-patch bumble bee. We all have heard of the plight of North Carolina’s native pollinators. Loss of habitat, disease, climate change, and non-native species are all issues affecting the health and diversity of our native pollinators in the state.
Join us for a discussion of the incredible diversity of North Carolina’s pollinators and their habitats. Learn about the efforts that are being implemented statewide to save these extremely valuable and fascinating creatures.
The talk is free, but seating is limited, so registration is required by calling 828-255-5522.
Location: NC Cooperative Extension, Buncombe County Center 49 Mount Carmel Rd Asheville, NC Saturday Seminar“CAN YOU IDENTIFY THE COMMON INVASIVE PLANTS OF WNC?” Saturday September 2810:00 am – 12:00 pm Presenter: Barb HarrisonExtension Master Gardener Volunteer Non-native invasive plants introduced into North Carolina are causing problems for our native plant and animal species. These plants are taking over our natural areas, parks, forests, urban environments, yards, and gardens. This seminar will teach you how to recognize and identify the most common invasive plants in our area and how to reduce their spread.
We’ll have samples of these invasive plants on hand for you to test your knowledge and see how many you can correctly identify.
The talk is free but registration is requested by calling 828-255-5522.
Location: Buncombe County Extension Center 49 Mt Carmel Rd, Asheville, NC 28806The Sowing Circle Presents: “HANDS-ON COMPOSTING WORKSHOP” Join long-time composter and Master Gardener Intern, John Bowen, for a hands-on composting workshop. Participants will learn about cold- and hot-composting, ratios of green to brown, what can and cannot be composted, how to build a proper compost pile, trouble-shooting composting problems and so much more. This workshop will get you energized to start your own composting system at home. The workshop will be held, rain or shine, on Sept. 7 at 10 am at Dr. John Wilson Community Garden, 99 White Pine Drive in Black Mountain. Please bring a hat, camping chair, and water. This hour long presentation is free and sponsored by Black Mountain Blooms Seed Lending Library and Buncombe County Extension Master Garden Volunteers. RSVP NOT REQUIRED – For any questions, contact Black Mountain Library 828-250-4756
SEPTEMBER GARDEN CHORES Ornamentals * Now is NOT the time to fertilize perennials and woody plants. Late-season nitrogen can reduce cold hardiness and force growth that can be damaged by hard frosts. * This is a good time to cut flowers for drying. Good candidates for air-drying include celosia, yarrow, statice, globe amaranth, strawflowers, goldenrod and grasses. * Leaving some of the few remaining seed heads of coneflower, sunflower and black eyed susan can be good for the birds to enjoy in the months ahead. * Move houseplants indoors before temperatures drop below 45 F. Check for signs of insects and treat. Rinse off foliage, remove dead leaves and cut back long stems. * Now is time to divide peonies that have not flowered well. Leave several “eyes” on each division and be sure to replant them with the eyes no more than 2 inches below the soil surface. Keep them watered this fall. * Check evergreens for bagworms. Removing them now prevents re-infestation next spring. * Pull spent summer annuals and replace them with pansies or ornamental kale or cabbage. Fruits * To reduce the reoccurrence of fruit rot in peaches and grapes next year remove all plant debris including mummified fruit left hanging on the plant and lying on the ground. * Remove weeds and fertilize in strawberry beds where plants are forming next spring’s flower buds. Also water if September rains are lacking. * Prune blackberries and raspberries and remove the old fruit-bearing canes from this year. Also thin new canes to leave only 4-8 canes per square yard. Vegetables * Remove spent vegetable plants as soon as possible to reduce carry-over of insect and disease problems. Consider keeping a separate compost pile for diseased plants and do not use that compost in the vegetable garden. . * Plant fall vegetables by mid-month. Sow lettuce seeds every couple of weeks for a continual harvest. Cilantro and dill can also be sown during cooler weather. * Insects can be a problem with all of the cabbage family crops. Use row cover or a weekly application of B.t. bacteria spray to prevent cabbageworms. Use insecticidal soap for aphids if needed. * Consider planting a cover crop on vegetable beds to build organic matter for next year’s garden. Mark your calendar to mow and turn under in February or March before the next growing season. NOW IS THE TIME TO ORDER GARLIC!Plant in October – November