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young squash growingThe sun is shining. Warm temperatures are back with us. The ground is ready for planting. Yes, the first of May means planting time for McDowell Countians. Time to put in your squash, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers….and the list goes on.

I love digging in the dirt. It’s often a quiet time when I get to think or not think. It relaxes me during stressful times. It excites me each and every time I see a blossom turn into a fruit. It satisfies me when I prepare the harvest into a simple, delicious meal. It frustrates me too when different pests take advantage of my fruit and plants. I don’t let that bother me too much.

If you garden or would like to garden, N.C. Cooperative Extension has resources to help. In addition to reviewing these resources, you can also give us a call. We are located on the 2nd Floor of the County Administration Building, 60 East Court Street, Marion. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a noon to 1 p.m. lunch break. Our phone number is 828-652-8104. We also have a demonstration garden at the Corpening YMCA soccer fields. N.C. Cooperative Extension-McDowell County Center provides research-based information to address your horticultural issues. 

A Beginner’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening

Container Guide for Edibles

Vegetable Gardening

NC State Extension Vegetable Gardening Resources

Happy Gardening!!