Gene Fox, Author at Washington Daily News

Agriculture

What is this worm on my azaleas?

It’s that time of year again and the usual suspects are beginning to appear. This very colorful worm (a.k.a. caterpillar) on your azaleas is an ... Read more

by Gene Fox, Friday, August 12, 2022 10:59 am

Agriculture

How to handle fire ants

Going out this past weekend to work on the yard, I noticed several new fire ant mounds that were not there last Saturday. I have ... Read more

by Gene Fox, Thursday, August 4, 2022 5:39 pm

Agriculture

Spotted Lanternfly confirmed in North Carolina

Most of us tend to save our vacation time for summer travel and fun. My family usually spends time at the beach and visiting family ... Read more

by Gene Fox, Wednesday, July 20, 2022 4:54 pm

Agriculture

Dishing the Dirt: landscape color and small farms

One of the best things about my position with NC State Cooperative Extension is that I get to constantly learn. It seems I learn something ... Read more

by Gene Fox, Friday, July 15, 2022 3:31 pm

Columns

Dishing the Dirt-the Ocracoke Fig Festival

In honor of the great fig, Ocracoke will be celebrating in a few weekends, August 4, 5, and 6. This is the 9th annual Ocracoke ... Read more

by Gene Fox, Wednesday, July 6, 2022 5:23 pm

Agriculture

Dishing the dirt-I’ve been robbed!

One of the things in horticulture that interests me the most is fruit production. I grew up around several orchards in Western Maryland that had ... Read more

by Gene Fox, Thursday, June 30, 2022 5:38 pm

Columns

Dishing the dirt: What is it and how do I spray for it?

This time of year, with every passing warm day, a hot topic has been spraying herbicides on home lawns. I fielded this question three times ... Read more

by Gene Fox, Thursday, June 23, 2022 2:34 pm

Agriculture

Dishing the Dirt: How do I get my Hydrangeas to be blue?

We have all seen them, those beautifully blue mopheads in our neighbor’s garden. So, how do they get them to be blue? First, you need ... Read more

by Gene Fox, Friday, June 17, 2022 4:33 pm

Columns

Dishing the dirt-But it looks so pretty?

I have made several house calls over the last three weeks looking at tree issues. The trees in our landscapes are dear to us as ... Read more

by Gene Fox, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 3:28 pm

Columns

If Zucchini is Squash, why isn’t it called Squash?

Some questions are just too good to pass up! Zucchini is nothing more than a fancy name for green squash. Summer squash (Cucurbita pepo) has ... Read more

by Gene Fox, Friday, May 20, 2022 4:09 pm

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