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Extension's Gardening Portal at NC State University provides access to a wealth of information, events and resources for gardeners in North Carolina.  Managed by the State Urban Horticulture Specialist and Cooperative Extension Horticulture Agents throughout the state, it is your doorway to guidance about successfully growing vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers and ornamentals in your landscape.

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Consumer Horticulture

Extension's Gardening Portal at NC State University provides access to a wealth of information, events and resources for gardeners in North Carolina.  Managed by the State Urban Horticulture Specialist and Cooperative Extension Horticulture Agents throughout the state, it is your doorway to guidance about successfully growing vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers and ornamentals in your landscape.

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Guess What's in
Season?????

Be sure to stop by Warren County Farmer's Market on Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 8:00 - 12:00 to find out What's in Season?????  See Crystal M. Smith!!!

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When The Power Is
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Bacteria that cause foodborn illness multiply rapidly on food kept at room temperature for more than 2 hours.  Do not rely on the appearance or odor to determine if the food is safe.  This guide tells you how long food stays cold when the power goes off to help you decide what to salvage and what to discard.  Se also "When Power is Restored." Refrigerator Food in a refrigerator is generally safe if the power is out for less than 4-6 hours.  The length of time that the food will be safe depends on: How cold the refrigerator was when the power went off.  The colder the refrigerator, the longer the food will stay cold. How warm the room is.  The colder the room, the longer the refrigerator will stay cold. How often the refrigerator door is opened, especially if the room is warm.  Keep the door closed as much as possible. Placing a block of ice on a pan in the refrigerator helps keep the temperature low and extends the time food will be safe. Discard the following perishable foods is kept above refrigerator temperature (40 degrees Fahrenheit) for more than 2 hours: raw or cooked meat, poultry or seafood milk/cream, yogurt, soft cheese cooked pasta, pasta salads custard, chiffon, or cheese pies fresh eggs, egg substitutes  meat or cheese-topped pizza, luncheon meats casseroles, stews, soups refrigerated cookie dough cream-filled pastries The items listed below are generally safe without refrigeration for a few days.  These foods lose quality and spoil more rapidly at room temperature than when cold.  So double-check each food and throw it out if it turns moldy or has an unusual look or odor. butter, margarine fresh fruits and vegetables dried fruits opened jars of peanut butter, jelly, relish, taco sauce, bbq sauce, ketchup, mustard, oil-based salad dressing, commercial mayonnaise, olives fruit juices hard and processed cheeses bake products, except those noted above Freezer Food in a freezer will stay cold longer than in the refrigerator.  With the door closed, items in most freezers stay frozen for 24-48 hours, even in the summer.  How the long the food stays frozen depends on: The amount of food in the freezer - Food in a full freezer will stay frozen for at least 2 days.  Items in a half-loaded freezer may not stay frozen for more than a day. The kind of food - A freezer full of meat will stay colder than a freezer full of baked goods The temperature of the food - The colder the food, the longer the food will stay frozen. The size of the freezer - The larger the freezer, the longer the food stays frozen. Power Outage Procedures Keep the freezer door closed.  This is the most important step you can take to keep the food from defrosting.  Opening the door greatly reduces the time food stays frozen without power. Add dry ice to the freezer.  The more dry ice, the longer the food will stay frozen.  If dry ice is placed in the freezer soon after the power goes off, 50 pounds added to a 20 cubic-foot cabinet should keep the temperature of the food below freezing for 3-4 days in a fully loaded freezer and 2-3 days in a cabinet with half a load or less.  25 pounds of dry ice should hold the temperature of a half-full 10 cubic-foot cabinet below freezing for 2-3 days (Note - Place dry ice on thick cardboard or boards on top of the frozen food or on shelves.  DO NOT place dry ice directly on packages!  ALWAYS wear gloves when handling dry ice.  Never touch dry ice with hands.  Be sure the room is well ventilated.  DO NOT breathe the carbon dioxide gas from the dry ice.). Move food to another low-temperature storage space.  If the trouble is a breakdown of your freezer, your neighbors may have enough space to hold your food. Place blankets, quilts, or some other covering over the freezer for extra insulation.  Do not block the air-vent opening. Remember, for any foods - if in doubt, throw it out! PDF Version: refrigerated   

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Warren County Farmers
Market

Find locally grown produce and other items at the Warren County Farmers Market! Open April to November, all the details can be found here.

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HOME FOOD PRESERVATION

Warren County Cooperative Extension is offering just the right class for you. During this class we will learn about 3 different home preservation methods; Freezing, Water bath canning, and Food Dehydration. Each participant MORE »

Figure 3. The pattern of interveinal chlorosis will eventually spread to the center of the leaf, as may be seen here.
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From the Field-Agronomy Notes popular

Tobacco Research Update: Magnesium Deficiency of Tobacco In this tobacco research update, we highlight the symptoms of magnesium deficiency.  These images are part of a project supported by the North Carolina Tobacco Foundation to MORE » – from   Tobacco Growers Information

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Warren County Farm Tour 2016 popular

With a special thank you to Ag Carolina Farm Credit for their sponsorship, the second annual Warren County Farm Tour will take place on October 1st, 2016, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Don’t MORE »

2017 Eastern Piedmont Farming School is Coming Soon!

Attend the 2017 Eastern Piedmont NC Farm School!! Realize the dream of owning your own farm! Learn from the successful farms of our graduates! Marketing, budgeting, finance, risk management, and farm production training tailored to MORE »

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Be Prepared for Whatever Hermine Might Bring

— Written By NC Cooperative Extension It’s not too late to make final preparations to protect yourself and your property from whatever Hurricane Hermine might bring, but you need to act now if MORE »

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OTL Farms Up and Running popular

Davon Goodwin is a prime example of what it means to work hard and have a big heart. Davon launched OTL Farms this fall as an application of the lessons he learned from MORE » – from   NC Farm School

Figure 5. This ribbing will occur when leaf curling becomes very extreme, and the chlorosis is another symptom that occurs in advanced cases of B deficiency.
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From the Field-Agronomy Notes popular

Tobacco Research Update: Boron Deficiency of Tobacco In this tobacco research update, we highlight the symptoms of boron deficiency.  These images are part of a project supported by the North Carolina Tobacco Foundation to MORE » – from   Tobacco Growers Information

Backyard Farmer School starts Sept 15

Whether you are a gardener or a small farmer, Backyard Farmer School will teach you proven techniques to be more successful. The School consists of seven classes meeting on Thursday evenings, 6:30 to MORE »

How do I Turn My Land into a Farm?

Here is the latest installment in my “I wanna be a farmer” series, where I answer another question from Ivan. Dear Paul, What are the requirements to turn my land into a farm? MORE »

Hopper burn damage from potato leaf hopper on red maple

Maple Nursery IPM Update popular

I had several questions related to problems with maples last week. In the process I noticed damage from maple spider mite, hopper burn (potato leaf hopper), maple shoot borer, anthracnose, and canker diseases. MORE » – from   Wilson County Center

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