Almanac Gardener 2017
Join gardening guru Mike Gray, as he and his fellow experts from NC State Extension and NC State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences take viewers through the finer points of garden planning, maintenance and blooming innovation.
A partner project of NC State Extension and UNC-TV, Almanac Gardener has provided North Carolinians with timely features highlighting local landscaping techniques, vegetable and flower gardening, water conservation, beneficial bugs and much more since 1983.
Over the 20-week season, airing April to August, each half-hour episode shares gardening tips, techniques and insights. In 2017, for the show’s 34th year, UNC-TV will air a “Best of Almanac Gardener” season highlighting some of the most memorable and timeless episodes from over three decades.
Episodes air on UNC-TV on Saturdays at noon, from April 1 through August 12
APRIL 1, 2017: Better Garden Tools
Mike Gray and the panel of experts recommend several tools to work with in the garden this season. Mike and guests also answers a number of plant questions sent in to the show from viewers.
April 8, 2017: Solving Root Problem
Mike Gray and the horticultural experts discuss various ways to solve plant root problems that frustrate growers when growing new plants. Mike and guests also answers a number of plant questions sent in to the show from viewers.
April 15, 2017: The Blooming of Rare Plants
Mike Gray and the panel of experts from NC State Extension share some green plants that are less likely to blossom in the spring season. They also answer various gardening questions sent over the Internet from viewers.
April 22, 2017: When to Use a Treegator
Mike Gray and the Almanac Gardener panel pull out the treegator to give some great advice on using the equipment to aid in watering plants. Mike and panel also answer viewers gardening questions.
April 29, 2017: Finding Great Bargain Plants
Mike Gray and guest give tips to selecting plants during barging shopping. Mike and guests also answers viewer questions sent in to the show.
May 6, 2017: Growing Organic Strawberry
This Week’s Panel: Amy-Lynn Albertson, Horticulture Agent, Davidson County; Karen Neill, Horticulture Agent, Guilford County; Lucy Bradley, NC State Extension Urban Horticultural Specialist
May 13, 2017: Gardening in the Shade
This Week’s Panel: Bill Lord, Environmental Agent, Franklin County; Karen Neill, Horticulture Agent, Guilford County; Linda Blue, Horticulture Agent, Buncombe County
Features: Karen Neill on “Gardening in the Shade,” and Bill Lord on “Growing Asparagus”
May 20, 2017: Using Rain Barrels to Irrigate Your Landscape
Mike Gray and his guests discuss ways to use rainfall to irrigate. They also answer your gardening questions.
May 27, 2017: Xeriscaping, Drought Tolerant Landscaping
Panel: Bill Lord, Environmental Agent, Franklin County; Karen Neill, Horticulture Agent, Guilford County; Linda Blue, Horticulture Agent, Buncombe County
June 3, 2017:
This feature from 2005 includes “Growing Crinum Lilies” and “Training Young Apple Trees.”
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June 10, 2017: Protection from UV Rays
Mike Gray and guests gives helpful advice to protecting skin from the harmful sunlight UV rays while working outdoors. Mike and the guests also answers viewers gardening questions.
June 17, 2017: Kids and Seeding Squares
Mike Gray and guests shares a fun approach to getting kids to help plant seeds in gardens. They show gardeners how to get kids using a seeding square that helps place seed in the ground at the right distance and depth. Mike and the guests also answers viewers gardening questions.
June 24, 2017: Controlling Bermuda Grass in Your Landscape
Mike Gray and his guests discuss the best ways to keep invasive Bermuda Grass under control. They also answer your gardening questions.
July 1, 2017: Growing Yarrow Plants
Mike Gray and the horticultural panel converse on planting colorful Yarrow plants, as well as, share the best time of the year to plant and to divide existing Yarrow plants. Mike and guests also answers a number of plant questions sent in to the show from viewers.
July 8, 2017:
This episode from 2005 features “Mulches: Straw vs. Black Plastic” and “Growing Heirloom Tomatoes.”
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July 15, 2017:
This episode from 2006 features “Growing Colorful Cut Flowers” and “Identifying and Controlling Weeds in Your Lawn.”
- NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE
July 22, 2017: Controlling Bamboo
Mike Gray and his guests discuss ways to control pesky bamboo. They also answer your gardening questions.
July 29, 2017:
This episode from 2009 features “Water Saving Techniques for Your Landscape” and “Fall Vegetable Gardening.”
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August 5, 2017: Growing Tasty Blackberries
Mike Gray and his guests discuss the best ways to grow tasty blackberries. They also answer your gardening questions.
August 12, 2017: Planting Dogwoods
Mike Gray and his guests discuss ways and the best time to plant trees. They also answer your gardening questions.
BACKGROUND & CONTEXT
We have received a number of questions regarding the 2017 season of Almanac Gardener, most often related to the reasoning behind the reruns and the future of the show. Trust is paramount to all that we do at NC State Extension; it forms the foundation for everything we develop and deliver to North Carolinians. As such, we want to share some background regarding Almanac Gardener and will continue to update folks moving forward.
Almanac Gardener is being presented as a “best of” season in 2017 primarily as a result of financial challenges. UNC-TV is facing budget changes across the organization, and this has resulted in a scaling back of operations in certain areas of production including local programming.
As a testament to our long-time partnership, UNC-TV agreed to air this best-of season to ensure that North Carolinians continued to receive Almanac Gardener content, which also gave us time to explore long-term options. The good news is we’ve found an exciting solution!
A team from NC State Extension and the university’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS) has secured seed funding to develop a new digital platform (i.e. a web-based show) here at NC State. It’s still early in the planning process, but this new program would share educational programming covering three broad areas/topics: In the Kitchen, In the Garden and On the Farm.
Our videos and resources within the show – tentatively called NC State Extension’s Home Grown – will help you discover what is raised and grown in North Carolina, and the farmers that help feed us. We’ll help you learn what plants are in season and how to get a bumper crop from your home garden. We’ll take you into the kitchen to learn how to safely prepare meals that are healthy and nutritious.
We look forward to reconnecting you to the foods and agriculture of North Carolina.
Additionally, Mike Gray will remain as executive producer and continue hosting the program in some capacity. We’re building on the current Almanac Gardener model to include additional content in areas where NC State Extension and CALS can provide expertise, but bringing the production in-house, which is more sustainable given the circumstances.
We’re aiming for a fall 2017 launch, depending on how things come along, but that’s where things stand for now. We hope this helps clarify some things around Almanac Gardener, but feel free to contact us with questions or feedback any time.
Thank you for your ongoing support!
- Visit the Extension Gardener site of Dr. Lucy Bradley, NC State Extension specialist in urban horticulture.
- Read “Almanac Gardener stays evergreen” (CALS News)
- Explore the NC State Extension Resource Catalog for more gardening resources, like factsheets, manuals and publications.
- N.C. Plant Disease and Insect Clinic
- NC State Extension Master Gardener Volunteers