RALEIGH, N.C. — Grafting great tasting tomato varieties onto rootstocks that are resistant to soil-borne diseases such as southern blight and bacterial wilt is a sustainable way to grow your favorite tomatoes in disease infested soils.
Over the past few years, Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers in Durham County experimented with tomato grafting methods to develop information that will help any gardener graft their favorite tomato variety successfully. In addition to pulling together a resource list, volunteers created videos, such as the one below, that walk you through the grafting process.
In recognition of their efforts to support sustainable gardening education, Master Gardener volunteers in Durham County were awarded first place in the research project category of the 2021 David Gibby International Master Gardener Search for Excellence!
The David Gibby International Master Gardener Search for Excellence is the recognition program for outstanding Master Gardener volunteer work across the United States, Canada, and South Korea. Held every other year, the awards program invites Master Gardener volunteers to submit educational, group projects that result in significant learning in seven different categories. The program selects 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place recipients in each category.
Award recipients will be recognized during the 2021 International Master Gardener Conference, held virtually September 12–17. Registration is open to all Master Gardener volunteers and the general public.
International Master Gardener Conference website – for full details and online registration!
International Master Gardener Conference Facebook page – keep up with the latest conference news and updates!
–N.C. State Extension