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Planning a Vegetable Garden? Don't miss this talk.

Gardening in the Mountains Series presents Planning Your Vegetable Garden

Thinking about starting a garden? If you could do just one thing to improve the health of your family starting a garden offers a way to enjoy the outdoors, get physical activity and grow nutritious fruits and vegetables.

With Spring just around the corner, it’s time to start the planning process. Join Mary Alice Ramsey, Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, as she presents Planning Your Vegetable Garden and covers the following topics:

· Identifying a gardening site

· Selecting your vegetables

· Drawing a diagram

· Improving soil quality

Ramsey will also share information on garden tools and structures, seed and plant sources, getting started, and keeping records.

Ramsey’s garden has been included in the Gardens of Fairview tours each spring and was featured in Southern Living magazine in August of 2017.

The talk is free but registration is requested by calling 828-255-5522.

Planning Your Vegetable Garden

  • Thursday, March 15, 2018 10a.m.-noon

          At NC Cooperative Extension Buncombe County Center

         49 Mount Carmel Road, Asheville, NC


Find out more about the Master Gardener Volunteers here and stay up to date on Cooperative Extension Events here.

Questions about Gardening?

Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Buncombe County are ready to answer your gardening questions. The Garden Helpline is open now open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., during the gardening season—March through September. Our Master Gardener volunteers are available for phone calls, walk-ins, and emails.

Call 828-255-5522 or visit the Extension office at the location shown below. If you bring a plant sample to the office, please be sure it is large enough for plant identification. You can also email your questions and plant photos to

Each year, Extension Master Gardener volunteers answer hundreds of gardening questions.

From October through February when the Helpline is not open, your questions will be answered by Alison Arnold, Extension Agent, Consumer Horticulture. The Extension office and our Helpline are closed on N.C. state holidays.

Garden Helpline

Monday through Thursday

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.



NC Cooperative Extension

Buncombe County Center

49 Mount Carmel Road

Asheville, NC 28806


About the Master Gardeners

The Buncombe County Master Gardeners are community volunteers who support and engage in projects and activities that will enhance the quality of life for Buncombe County residents. Members in the Master Gardeners programs are citizens of the local community who not only take an active interest in their own lawns, trees and gardens, but also strive to promote sound horticultural practices in the community. Members receive invaluable training and continuing opportunities for education, then share their horticultural expertise through a wide variety of projects benefiting Buncombe County residents and organizations.

The Extension Master Gardener program allows the local Extension to extend education to an ever increasing gardening audience. It also provide a highly visible way to meet the public demand for information and to develop a strong support group.