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From the Desk of George Place: Renee Miller, Joe Long and Michele Long will be graduating for the Advanced Gardener 2018 program.  The graduation party is Dec 4, 5:30 to 7 PM at the Newton Library. Here are the names (and years of program completion) that I have for the 2018 Advanced Gardener Graduation:


Deborah Stamper (3)

Gordon Hicks (3)

Deb Dowling (3)

Lee Cox (3)

Jean McAnulty (3)

Renee Abernethy-Miller (1)

Peggy McCosh (3)

Susan Bisulca (3)

Roberta Maddox (2)

Susan B. Anderson (3)

Alton Johnson (3)

David White (3)

Margy Natalie (1)

Pat Wilson (3)

Dean Guest (3)

Jo Edwards (3)

Joe Spears (3)

Joe Long (1)

Michele Long (1)

Lisa Lemons (2)

Master Gardener programs (also known as Extension Master Gardener Programs) are volunteer programs that train individuals in the science and art of gardening. These individuals pass on the information they learned during their training, as volunteers who advise and educate the public on gardening and horticulture.

Congratulations to Michele LongJoe Long and Renee Abernethy-Miller for successfully completing the 2018 Advanced Gardener Program. They were Awarded the Title of Certified Advanced Gardener (Level 1) Certification tonight. Hickory Greenway Harvest have 3 Master Gardeners on their team now. This was very rewarding and NC Extension Office recognizes HGH as making a difference in the community.

We are so proud. Please share and like. Thanks to Dr. George Place

our Catawba County Extension Director.



Renee Abernethy-Miller, Co-Founder of HGH joined Dr. George Place, Catawba County Cooperative Extension Director, in a presentation about pruning trees, shrubs, bushes and vines at Newton Library on Wednesday Night, January 10th at 6:30 p.m. From hydrangeas to blueberries, pruning is something that everyone can do to improve the health of their landscape and fruit producing plants. This presentation is part of our Advanced Gardener series designed to help both beginner and advanced gardeners enjoy all of the health, enjoyment and learning that comes from managing the home landscape and growing some of your own produce. All presentations in

the series are free and open to the public.  Michele Long, Vice President and Treasurer with her husband Joe Long have signed up for the 11 month Master Gardener Program 2018.

Read about Organic Gardening. 

Herbaceous ornamentals are plants that have flexible stems and die back to the ground each year. Unlike woody ornamentals, they do not develop persistent woody tissue that lasts through the winter and develop new buds in the spring. Herbaceous ornamentals are divided into annuals, biennials, or perennials based on their life cycles. Annuals die after a growing season. They are sensitive to temperatures that are either too hot or too cold. With biennial and perennial plants, the stems die back, but the crown of each plant survives to produce new growth the following season. These life cycles can be influenced by geography. In the cooler mountain region of the state, a plant may grow as an annual. But in the coastal region, it may grow as a perennial. Herbaceous ornamentals provide interest and contrast that make a landscape lively and interesting. These plants also add depth, dimension, form, and texture to the landscape. Their flowers are often the stars of the garden, providing enchanting colors and fragrances. This chapter provides information on how to select, install, and maintain herbaceous ornamentals, and how to address common problems associated with these plants.

For centuries, gardeners have made compost and used it to improve their garden soil. Today’s gardeners also see the importance of composting as an alternative to burning or disposing of organic materials in landfills. Food scraps and yard debris comprise 28% of the solid waste generated in the United States (US EPA, 2011).

Many people are surprised that the largest category of waste being thrown away is food residuals—over 21% of the total. Instead of being discarded down sink drains or in the garbage, food waste can easily turn into a valuable soil amendment for a landscape, garden, or lawn.

If you questions about Grasses and Weeds. Go to NC Extension website. 

Source: NC Extension (Catawba County) website

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