June 2018

Alexander County Farmer's Market
will open Saturday, June 16th
8a.m.-12 noon
Old Hospital Parking Lot

If you would like to be a vendor at the farmer's market please visit the website below:  


Before you start canning this season make sure to bring your canning lids to the Extension Center for the gauge to be tested.  This is for Dial Guages ONLY.  Lots of time and hard work go into the garden and canning process to have the food spoil because the gauge was not tested.

June Garden Calendar 

Plants in Flower 
  • Southern Magnolia, Golden Rain Tree, Mimosa, Smoketree, Rosebay Rhododendron, Oakleaf Hydrangea, Sweet Azalea, Gardenia, Rose, Summer Spirea, Florist Hydrangea, Yucca, Gumpo and satsuki Azaleas, Hypericum, Trumpet Creeper, Phlox, Butterfly Weed, Daylily, Balloon Flower, Stokesia, Coreopsis, Poppy, Canna, Red Hot Poker, Rose-of-Sharon, and summer annuals. 


  • Fertilize or sidedress your vegetables as needed. 



  • Start plants in June of brussel sprouts and collards for transplanting into the garden in mid-July. 
  • Plant the following vegetables in your garden in June: beans, lima beans, southern peas, pepper, sweet potato, pumpkin and tomato. 


  • Late June is the recommended time to prune white pine. Trim new growth only. 
  • Prune narrowleaf evergreens like juniper and arborvitae.
  • Prune the bigleaf or florist hydrangea when the flowers fade. 
  • Trim hedges as needed. 
  • Remove water sprouts on any fruit trees and crabapple. 
  • Cut off the faded flowers of phlox, shasta daisy and daylily to encourage a second flowering. 
  • Trim dried up foliage of your spring flowering bulbs. 
  • Prune out dieback on hybrid rhododendron, azalea, mountain laurel, and blueberry. 
  • Pinch your chrysanthemums to encourage branching. 


  • Spray for Japanese beetles as needed. 
  • Spray the following vegetables if insects are observed: cucumber (cucumber beetle), squash (squash borers and aphids), tomato and eggplant (flea beetle), broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower (worms). 
  • Keep spraying your tree fruits and bunch grapes with a pest control program. 
  • Watch for dark brown spots on your tomato leaves. If observed, spray with a fungicide for early blight. 
  • Spray herbicides on the following woody weeds: poison ivy, honeysuckle and kudzu. Use pesticides sparingly. Spray only when needed. 

Lawn Care 

  • Continue fertilizing zoysia this month. Do NOT fertilize tall fescue and bluegrass now. 
  • Start zoysia in June. 


  • Late June is the ideal time to take semi-hardwood cuttings. Azaleas, cotoneaster, camellia, holly, pieris, red-tip photinia and rhododendron cuttings should be taken in June or July. 

Specific Chores 

  • Renovate your strawberry bed after the berry harvest is completed. 
  • Water your favorite plants during periods of dry weather. Water early in the morning. Watering late in the day encourages plant disease growth. 
  • Vegetable gardens need 1 inch of water per week. Harvest crops on a regular basis to keep plants producing.

Summ er vacation is a tradition for American schoolchildren and their families, but  new  research  is showing that this practice may not be the best when it comes to helping  kids get the most out of  their educational experience. In fact, for some kids, a few months off in the summer can lead to major setbacks in school, including loss of knowledge and lowered test scores.

Whether your child loves to read, play outside, or get techy, there are many fun but effective ways to promote learning over the break. Since the summer will be here before you know it, it's a great idea to start planning now what activities you'll use to avoid summer learning loss.

Alexander County 4-H is gearing up for a great summer!  We are providing exciting opportunities for youth! Summer camps planned include: STEM Day, Zoo Snooze, Beginning Sewing, Kids in the Kitchen, Amazing Race, Farm to Fork, Discovery Days, Cloverbud Camp, Horse Camp and 4-H20.

Click here for the 4-H Summer Opportunities brochure:  
DID you know that it is JUNE DAIRY MONTH??? 

4-H Dairy Poster Contest

E ac year, the Dairy Poster Contest allows youth to put their creative talents to use in developin g a message about the dairy industry for the consumer public. In design and development of the poster, youth learn a great deal about the dairy industry. The contest is also supported by The Dairy Alliance and incorporates their current June dairy theme. With a change in theme, this year, comes a change in the contest. Instead of posters, this year participants will submit their original photographs that incorporate a new theme and logo. 

The theme for the 2018 Dairy Photo Cont est is "How do you love your dairy?" Youth should incorporate this theme and logo into their photos. If you would like more information please call the office.

Location: The N.C. A&T University Farm, 3136 McConnell Road, Greensboro, NC 27405
Cost: FREE! (must preregister) LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED
Registration:  o r contact Tiffany Slade at  or 336.285.4653. Advance registration required by June 7.

Additional Information: 
If you have a person with a disability and need assistance to participate in this activity, please contact Betty Rodriguez at or 336-285-4680 before June 4, 2018 .

The projects focus on sustainable agricultural practices that help small- and limited-resource farmers make more profits.
Help Wanted! Volunteers needed for Extension Master Food Volunteer Training Program 
T raining dates on select dates from June 25th - September 24th
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Combine your love of cooking, nutrition, physical activity, and helping others by becoming a North Carolina Extension Master Food Volunteer. Interest in food, cooking, and local foods is at an all-time high. Under the guidance of the FCS agent, volunteer gains research based information all the while learning from each other, serving the local community, and building networks.

Participants is expected to complete the EMFV application process including reference and background check. Application are reviewed and interviews will be conducted and notified of acceptance. Those accepted must complete 30 hours of core training, 30 hours of shadowing the FCS agent, 20 hours of volunteer service per year, and 10 hours of continuing education per year. Cost of the training is $75 and includes membership to Extension Master Food Volunteers.

Application deadline: June 8th, 2018
Interview Dates: June 11th, June 12th, June 13th 
(Candidates will be notify June 18 th on acceptance and payment of training will be due at the time)

For additional information or questions, please download the EMFV brochure, visit the EMFV website or call our office at 828-632-3125. Click here to download 2018 EMFV Application.

Help us help the community by becoming an Extension Master Food Volunteer

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