Gardening Questions? Ask an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer!

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For help with plant ID or pest and disease diagnosis, bring a sample or send a focused, close up image to the Extension Master Gardener Volunteers in your county.

Extension Master Gardeners (EMG) are local gardeners who volunteer their time and expertise to support their county Extension center’s educational outreach programs. EMGs receive intensive training on a wide range of gardening topics and are prepared to answer your gardening questions with research-based, non-biased information from the land-grant university system.

There is an Extension Master Gardener Program in almost every NC County. Contact your local NC Cooperative Extension center to talk to an EMG and get advice on gardening problems and questions such as:

  • What is wrong with my plants and what can I do about it?
  • What or when should I plant?
  • What is this weed or plant?
  • What is this insect that I found on my plant?
  • When should I prune?

When you contact your local Extension center, be prepared to provide enough information for an EMG to help you. For example, if you have an insect, plant or weed for identified bring a sample to the Extension center or email several clear, focused and close up pictures. If you want advice on what to plant, you will be asked about the location, for example, is it sunny or shady, wet or dry, and your landscape needs and preferences. This will help EMGs provide the best recommendation for your site.

If something is wrong with your plant, we may ask you several questions, including: When did the problem start? Is it getting worse or spreading? What plants are affected? What are the symptoms? When was it planted? And, has anything recently changed in the area? We will also likely ask for a sample or pictures before we can accurately identify the problem.

In Chatham County
There are several ways Chatham County residents can contact Extension Master Gardeners for gardening support, including during our plant clinic hours and at local events.

Plant Clinic Hours
On Monday and Thursday afternoons, from 1:00 – 4:00, EMGs are on duty at NC Cooperative Extension – Chatham County Center. Contact them by:

Fearrington Farmers Market
Chatham EMGs will be attending the Fearrington Farmers Market the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month through the fall. The Fearrington Farmers Market meets every Tuesday evening, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., April – November. Talk to an EMG the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays to get gardening advice, find out about the EMG Program and other Extension offerings, and pick up soil testing supplies.

In Other Counties
Contacting the EMGs in your county will ensure you get the best advice for your area and will connect you with local resources. Use these links to find contact information for your county Extension center and EMG Program:

Learn more!
Take advantage of these Extension resources that can help you garden more successfully:

Search for research-based information from Extension systems nationwide with the Extension search engine: https://search.extension.org

Help spread science-based, sustainable gardening information and advice in your community by becoming an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer! Learn more about the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program in Chatham County

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