I'm a Southern woman with family roots in farming. An Appalachain State University graduate, married, and the mother of two grown, and very nice, children. I am recently retired with a long-time hobby of growing flowers, vegetables and houseplants. Now a Master Gardener intern, earned in April 2017, I am excited to give to my community through gardening and gardening related events.
To learn more about the North Carolina State University sponsored Master Gardener program contact your county North Carolina Cooperative Extension office.
But, you don't have to be have certifications to be a good or even great gardener. Nor do you need a class to have fun and have a beautiful garden. Just go outside dig a hole and pop in some seeds and life will happen! Just do it!
Summer can be divided into thirds here in Zone 8. First the crops planted in the Fall and late winter come out (beets, rutabagas, potatoes, carrots) while early summer vegetables like green beans come on great guns a'firin'. Second the tomatoes, squash, Swiss chard, peppers and corn come on. Third, at least in my case, the okra, field peas, and lima beans produce. As plants wax and wane there are beets, rutabagas, carrots and potatoes in storage waiting to be finished off. Seasonal eating is a good gig in our Southern kitchen garden.
The potatoes wanted equal time.
We have had enough surplus of some things to can and freeze this year. Just enough for that transitional time time late summer early fall and also late winter. Check out the potatoes and green beans, will ya!