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Review Presentation Slides

Fall Gardening in Containers 2022

Warm Season Vegetable Gardening 101 – 2023

Vegetable Seed Starting (2022)

Cool Season Crops for Vegetable Gardens (2021)

Cool Season Crops for Vegetable Gardens Part 1

Cool Season Crops for Vegetable Gardens Part 2 

What’s the Matter with My ‘Mater? (2023)

Whats the Matter with My Mater

Soil and Nutrient Management in Vegetable Gardens (2020)

Properties of Soils, Bed Preparation

Nutrients and Fertilizers

Cover Crops

Warm Season Crops for Vegetable Gardens (2020)

Tomatoes, Eggplants, Peppers, Southern Peas, Okra, Cucumbers

Pest, Disease and Weed Management in Vegetable Gardens (2020)

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Extension Gardener (2019)

Sustainable Vegetable Gardening

The Extension Gardener Handbook is your source for practical, research-based information on gardening, lawn care, and landscaping in North Carolina. It is available for free online, or as a book from UNC Press

Chapter 2: Soils and Plant Nutrients

Chapter 16: Vegetable Gardening

Chapter 17: Organic Gardening

Chapter 18: Plants Grown in Containers

The NC State Extension Community Gardening Handbook is a great source of knowledge and advice for all gardeners.

Raised Bed Gardening

Soils and Fertilizers

Cover Crops

Vegetable Planting Calendars

References for Starting Vegetables from Seed

Seed Sources

Many garden centers stock a wide range of flower and vegetable seed during the growing season. View a list of garden centers and nurseries in Chatham County.

Download a copy of our Garden Center and Nursery Directory for Chatham and surrounding counties.

If you can’t find what you are looking for locally, try one of the many seed companies that allow you to shop online or will send you a mail-order catalog. Here are a few possibilities:

  • Johnny’s Seed  – flowers, vegetables, herbs, cover crops, and excellent information.
  • Sow True Seed – based in Asheville, NC. Specializing in heirloom and open-pollinated varieties.
  • Burpee Seed – one of the oldest seed companies in the U.S., offers many varieties of flowers and vegetables.
  • Park Seed – located in Greenville, SC, offers a full range of vegetable and flower seed.
  • Seed Savers Exchange – dedicated to preserving heirloom varieties.
  • Seeds of Change – specializing in organically-produced seed.
  • Pinetree Garden Seed – offers small, inexpensive seed packets of many flower and vegetable varieties.

Container Gardening

Specific Vegetable Crop Resources

Vegetable Problem Diagnosis

Cornell Vegetable MD 

Damping-off in Flower and Vegetable Seedlings