Alexander County Center

Green Thumb Gazette

October 2021 Newsletter
November Garden Calendar

Plants in Flower and Plants of Interest:
  • Witch hazel
  • Camellias
  • American Beautyberry
  • Hollies
  • Nandinas
  • Pyracantha
  • Washington Hawthorne


  • use wood ashes around vegetable garden, bulb beds, and non-acid loving plants if soil pH is below 6.0

  • finish planting and transplanting trees, shrubs, perennials, and spring flowering bulbs
To view more November Garden Calendar tips click on the following link:  
BOLOs (Be On The Lookout)....
Month-by-month lists of common plant diseases, pests, and other problems you may encounter in North Carolina yards and gardens. Straight from our PDIC (Plant Disease & Insect Clinic) entomologists and pathologists!

Caring for your Mums (Mum-ology 101)

So you bought some mums this fall…. I mean why not, they are gorgeous!! They add so much color to your front porch decorations and they are perennial so you could “potentially” plant them around the house for next year… right??

Chrysanthemums or ‘mums’ can be perennial in our area if we don’t have a really harsh winter. The best recommendation for keeping perennial mums, however, is to buy and plant small mum cuttings/seedlings in the spring. This way they have all spring to develop a strong root system for summer and into fall. You would also need to “pinch” your plants in the spring/summer to keep the plant growing vegetatively and not reproductively (producing flowers).

You can try to overwinter fall mums, but first they must make it past the fall and even after that there are no guarantees. A lot of people “kill” their mums before fall is even over by not watering them, overwatering them, or buying a stressed plant in the first place.

The following link will provide you some pointers to help you take care of your annual mums (just for the season) and your “potential” perennial mums!

Beekeepers Meetings

The Alexander County Beekeepers will meet again on Monday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Alexander County Services Building (151 W Main Ave, Taylorsville) .  They meet the 2nd Monday of each month.  If you have an interest in beekeeping, have just started in the beekeeping journey or are a seasoned beekeeper these meetings will be perfect for you.  An educational topic is covered each meeting.  
Alexander County Garden Club

Our Garden Club is full of AWESOME people who are super nice and LOVE plants! With most meetings there is an educational program that is offered and we work on beautification projects throughout the community! If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please call our office: 828-632-4451.

Monthly meetings are starting back starting October 14 @ 6:30pm in the Alexander Services Building & will continue on the 2nd Thursday of each month!

Alexander 4-H Garden Club
There will be an interest meeting tonight, Thursday, September 30, at 6:30p.m.  Parents, kids and volunteers that are interested in this new 4-H Club are encouraged to attend.  

If you have questions regarding the any of the clubs listed above please call Cari Mitchell, N.C. Cooperative Extension-Alexander County Center, Horticulture Agent, at 828-632-4451.
NC State University and N.C. A&T State University work in tandem, along with federal, state and local governments, to form a strategic partnership called N.C. Cooperative Extension.

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