March 16, 2009
Almanac Gardener season begins April 4
Almanac Gardener begins its 26th season on Saturday, April 4 at noon on the statewide UNC-TV network. The Saturday show will be repeated at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Almanac Gardener is a half-hour home horticultural program telecast for 20 weeks from April through August. Almanac Gardener is one of the longest running series on UNC-TV and is a co-production of UNC-TV and Cooperative Extension at N.C. State University.
Viewers send questions to Almanac Gardener and horticultural experts from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service answer them on the air. The show also airs how-to horticultural features that are produced in the field.
Regular Cooperative Extension panelists include: Karen Neill, horticultural agent, Guilford County; Linda Blue, horticultural agent, Buncombe County; Bill Lord, environmental agent, Franklin County; Lucy Bradley, urban horticultural specialist, N.C. State University; Stephen Greer, horticultural agent, Forsyth County; Charlotte Glenn, horticultural agent, Pender County and Amy-Lynn Albertson, horticultural agent, Davidson County. Mike Gray is a co-producer and host of Almanac Gardener.
With the stressful economy, a special emphasis this season will be on saving money by home vegetable gardening and preparing fresh vegetables right from the garden. Almanac Gardener panelists will also continue to help folks conserve water with tips on collecting and using rainwater for irrigation.
Field features this season will include:
Starting a Spring Garden
Growing Spring Lettuce
Asheville Farmers’ Tailgate Market
Preparing Sweet Potatoes
Water Independence/Going Off the Grid
Building Planting Beds to Conserve Water
Drought Tolerant Plants
Gardening for Exercise
Reducing Stress by Using the Right Gardening Tools
Taming a Swarm of Bees
Posted by Natalie at March 16, 2009 03:11 PM