Pest, Disease, and Weed Management in Vegetable Gardens

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Extension Gardener Workshop and Webinar

July 9, 2024 9:00-12:00 a.m. (in-person) & July 11, 2024 6:00-8:00 p.m. (Online)

Colorado Potato Beetle Matt Bertone, NC State University

Colorado Potato BeetleMatt Bertone, NC State University

Vegetable crops have been bred to be tasty for people, but often insects, fungi, and bacteria have developed an affinity for them as well. Weeds can be major competitors for resources against vegetable crops, reducing growth and yield. However, a holistic approach focusing on plant health, proper problem identification, and management strategies that minimize harm to beneficial insects can prevent or mitigate the effects of these persistent challenges in vegetable gardening.

Join Matt Jones (Extension Horticulture Agent) for a workshop and webinar on how to manage pests, diseases, and weeds. Participants will learn how to distinguish among different kinds of insect damage, how to reduce weed pressure, and how the Master Gardener℠ volunteers can help you identify problems and make management recommendations, with a focus on organic management strategies.

Register for the in-person workshop: 7/9/24 9:00-12:00 a.m. (Location)

Register for the online webinar: 7/11/24 6:00- 8:00 p.m.

These classes are part of the Extension Gardener series of workshops that are open to everyone.

QUESTIONS? Contact N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center by calling 919-542-8202 or email

Subscribe to the Chatham Gardener email list to receive announcements of upcoming Extension events and timely updates on sustainable lawn, garden, and landscape care for the central NC Piedmont.

NC State University and N.C. A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity and prohibit discrimination and harassment regardless of age, color, disability, family and marital status, genetic information, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sexual identity (including pregnancy), and veteran status. NC State, N.C. A&T, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating. Persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Ginger Cunningham, County Extension Director, at 919.542.8202,, or in person at the County Extension Office at least 30 days prior to the event.