Mailbag: Using your county’s Cooperative Extension office

by | Jun 18, 2009

coop-extOur squash are big, dark green plants one day, wilted the second day and dead the next. What is doing this and what can I do to stop it? – TB

My family has around 40 acres in Wilkes County. We are thinking of developing an apple orchard. We have also thought about free-range chickens and eggs. Where should I be looking for start-up costs, “how-to” information and tips on getting this ready for next year? – MB

I live in Thomasville and I am trying to start a small vegetable garden. I would like to try planting cabbage and broccoli. Could you tell me the times to plant these? – WR

We receive many questions like these dealing with specific planting, harvesting and home gardening issues North Carolinians come across in their yards, gardens and farms.

The best resource for these issues is often your local Cooperative Extension office, which will be most familiar with your area’s crops, climate and soil conditions. Since 1862, N.C. Cooperative Extension has provided N.C. residents with easy access to the resources and expertise of N.C. State University and N.C. A&T State University. These local offices also host educational programs and events and publish newsletters, magazines and even blogs.

Find your county’s contact information on Cooperative Extension’s county directory.