Fall planting

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With the region’s latest heat wave and the tropical soup that’s spawned Hurricane Gert and three other potential systems in the North Atlantic, it’s hard to think about getting outside and planting anything that isn’t zoned for a humid, subtropical climate. 

But fall will be here before you know it, and in southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina, fall is a great time to plant.  We find out why on this edition of CoastLine from our experts, and we hear about the latest garden trends, but most importantly, we get your gardening questions answered.

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Tim Mathews, Horticulturalist with the North Carolina State Cooperative Extension, and Jan Broadfoot, President of the Pender County Master Gardener Association,  joined us to talk about plants. This weekend (9/16-17) is the Pender County Master Gardener Plant Sale. A list of the vendor-provided plants can be found online: Perennials & Natives plus Shrubs, Trees, Grasses, Vines, Ferns. Additionally, the Master Gardeners will bring a selection of surprises. 

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Spring planting is embedded in our DNA – when the days get longer, the weather warmer, and we know it’s time to take stock of the greening of our piece of the garden.  When it comes to fall, some people are vaguely aware of pumpkins and gourds and, perhaps, cabbage, but there's a great deal more to take advantage of with the cooler, rainier weather.


Barbara Sullivan, Author, Garden Perennials for the Coastal South