Gardening & Vegetables
The first step to growing any plants in the dirt is to conduct a soil test. We are very fortunate in that we have NC State in our backyard; NC State preforms soils testing, and during certain times of the year, they do it for free. For more information, contact an Orange County Master Gardener at 919.245.2061. In addition, to read more about soil testing, check out the website below.
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
This website published by North Carolina Agriculture is a wealth of information on soil testing, including gardening and farm land. In addition, it has information on heavy metals, fertilization, apples and peach trees. http://www.ncagr.gov/agronomi/uyrst.htm
Chatham County North Carolina Extensive Services
Created by Chatham County Extensive Services this is an excellent website to visit if you have questions about soil testing. The website is easy to read and very user friendly. https://chatham.ces.ncsu.edu/soil-testing-for-lawns-and-gardens/
The Orange Gardener
Created and maintained by NC Orange County Master Gardeners, this website is a great place to learn about timely information that deals with our area. If you have questions about what is in bloom, when is the last frost date, this website if for you. https://theorangegardener.org/
NC State Extension
This website has an enormous well-rounded information on anything and everything that grows. In addition, looking for something to do, check out the events that are updated and current. https://gardening.ces.ncsu.edu/
This NC State web page focuses on how to start a garden. This is excellent information for the beginner or new ideas for the old timer.
Raised Bed Gardens
The University of Missouri has created a website that focuses on raised bed gardens. This is a DIY information page. https://extension2.missouri.edu/G6985
Central North Carolina Planting Calendar for Annual Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs
This web page created by NC State has a calendar for planting vegetables, fruits, and herbs in North Carolina. https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/central-north-carolina-planting-calendar-for-annual-vegetables-fruits-and-herbs
A Quick Reference Guide to Vegetable Planting
Created by NC State, this is a great web page that focuses on vegetables, and it is truly a quick reference guide. https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/home-vegetable-gardening-a-quick-reference-guide
Intensive Gardening Methods
Virginia Cooperative Extension created this web page to help gardeners with small spaces. Give vertical gardening a try if you live in an apartment.
Missouri Botanical Garden
The Missouri Botanical Garden website is a wonderful delight for the eyes. Rich in information, these people did not spare any expense to create a data base plant finder that has breathtaking color pictures of flowers. http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/
National Garden Association
Since 1971, the National Garden Association has been dedicated to teaching people how to garden. With over one million members, this is the largest social media website dedicated to gardening. https://garden.org/
American Horticultural Society
Did you know that the American Horticultural Society has annual seed exchange? Learn more about this seed exchange and other events and opportunities by visiting their website. http://ahsgardening.org/
Herb Society of American
This website is dedicated to herbs. Pictures, information, and list of native herbs and their identifications. http://www.herbsociety.org/
Gardening & Government Websites
National Agriculture Library
This website is the home of the National Agriculture Library. This website has sources that include information on home gardening, invasive plants, and some digital special collections that include early 1900 seed catalogs which are loaded with information and fun!!! https://www.nal.usda.gov/home-gardening
United States Botanic Garden
Steeped in history, rich with tradition, the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is a living plant museum that informs visitors about the importance, and often irreplaceable value, of plants to the well-being of humans and to earth's fragile ecosystems. https://www.usbg.gov/
National Center for Home Food Presentation
Do you have a lot of tomatoes, a bumper crop of green beans, and corn to spare? This website will help you preserve that harvest for the winter months. The website has canning, freezing, pickling, and fermenting information. This is must go to website for the gardener.
Filled with information on how to keep your family and your food safe when canning, cooking, and preserving your harvest.
Gardening Articles (Can be Downloaded)
Vegetable Planting Guide for School Gardens in Piedmont and Coastal Plain of North Carolina
Vegetable Planting Guide for Eastern North Carolina