In The Garden Now Newsletter

July/August 2021
Become an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer!
— Written By Caroline Richardson (2 months ago) and last updated by Charlotte Glen
Master Gardener Volunteers in Guilford County celebrate National Pollinator Week.
NC State Extension Master Gardener Volunteers:




NC State Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are a dedicated group of volunteer educators who strengthen the delivery of research-based gardening advice and information to the public.

If you live in North Carolina, love working as a team with other volunteers, and wish to share your knowledge and skills to promote science-based, sustainable gardening practices, consider applying to be trained as an NC State Master Gardener Volunteer!

If accepted into the program, you will complete a 40-hour training course taught by Extension staff and local experts. As a Master Gardener volunteer student, you will learn about soils, plant nutrients, insects, plant diseases, integrated pest management, lawn and landscape care, food production, herbaceous and woody plants, and more.

Extension Gardener Handbook is the training curriculum for the Extension Master Gardener program and is also available to the public free online, as well as for purchase as a hardback book or interactive self-study e-book.
After training, students continue to learn by completing a 40-hour internship to become a certified Master Gardener volunteer. Thereafter, volunteers commit to annual volunteer service hours and continuing education requirements to remain active in the program. Volunteer service opportunities include teaching youth and adults science-based gardening practices, cultivating community gardens and teaching gardens that demonstrate best practices, and providing advice to new gardeners to help them garden more successfully.

For additional examples, explore NC State Extension Master Gardener volunteer
impact stories.

The Extension Master Gardener program is a nationwide volunteer network! If you don’t live in NC and wish to learn how to become a Master Gardener volunteer, contact the Extension system in your state to learn more.
Tips and Tasks for the Garden

  • Now is not a good time for planting or transplanting trees and shrubs, wait until the Fall
  • Summer is not the time for heavy pruning. You can remove dead, diseased and broken branches at any time of the year
  • Mulch around trees, shrubs, and flower beds to suppress weeds and also help keep even soil moisture.
  • Take cuttings of some of your favorite shrubs. To learn more about this process visit:

Vegetables and Fruits
  • Fruits and vegetables require irrigation during dry spells. If you are growing in containers or raised beds this may mean watering daily when dry.
  • Monitor your plants daily for any pest or disease issues. If you need help determining what is causing the problem, contact the Extension office before spraying to ensure your treatment will be effective.
  • Start planning now for your Fall vegetable garden, as many things can be planted beginning in August!


  • If you already fertilized your centipede lawn this season, you probably do not need to add additional fertilizer. Centipede only needs about 1 pound of Nitrogen per year and overfertilizing can lead to disease and insect problems

  • For other lawn types, follow the recommendations for the specific type of grass. You can find maintenance calendars for each here:

  • Help your lawn be healthy and resilient by mowing at the proper height. When you mow too short, you prevent the grass from developing a strong root system. For St. Augustine, the mowing height is about 3 inches. For the other warm season grasses, the mowing height is about 1-2 inches.

  • Do not apply Nitrogen to warm season grasses after August to prevent cold damage to your lawn.

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Upcoming Events
Milkweed for Monarchs (2021)

Register your youth to learn how to attract Monarch Butterflies to their yard!

Purchase your ticket on Eventbrite and come to the Discovery Gardens, right next to the Farmer's Market!

COST: $7 per youth - please register before July 12th, 2021.

Recommended Ages: Youth ages - 5 and up

WHERE: Discovery Gardens of Onslow County
4024 Richlands Hwy. Jacksonville, NC | 8:30AM-10:30AM

WHAT: We will discuss their lifecycle and the kids can plant milkweed seeds and a milkweed plant in pots to take home.

Call our office at 910-455-5873, MON-FRI, 8AM-5PM if you have any questions.
Register your youth for this workshop by using the Eventbrite link below:
Become a Master Gardener Volunteer (2021)

Next training course: Every Tuesday and Thursday - August 17th through October 14th, 2021, 9AM-12PM.
$125 - includes training fees and text book

More information about our Master Gardener program including the registration form is on our website:

Registration and payment deadline extended to
July 15th, 2021.

Please contact Emilee Morrison with questions.
2021 Master Gardener Volunteer Activities
July 17th | 8:30AM-10:30AM | Milkweed for Monarchs Workshop
Recommended for youth ages 5 and up

August 14th | 8:30AM-11AM | Backyard Wildlife

September 25th | 8AM-1PM | Fall Garden Festival
(Rain or Shine) Plant Sale, Classes, and Treasure Sale

October 16th | 8:30AM-11AM | Fall Harvest Day*
Fall-related activities for youth and adults
*Scarecrow making is pre-registration ONLY, everything else is open to the public*
Please keep up with us on our social media pages and our website for information on upcoming gardening workshops, events, and classes!
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.

N.C. Cooperative Extension prohibits discrimination and harassment regardless of age, color, disability, family and marital status, gender identity, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation and veteran status. NC State University, N.C. A&T State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture and local governments cooperating.

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