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Take the Year Round Gardening Challenge

The “Year Round Gardening Challenge” dares you to grow vegetables outdoors throughout the year. Participants can sign up to receive gardening updates by email throughout the year. Each month, three participants will be selected at random to win a “Zone 8 Month by Month Garden Guide”. Join the challenge by taking this quick online survey.

Lettuce growing in containers

All you need are a few containers to join the year round gardening challenge!

Who should take the challenge?

The challenge is open to everyone in southeastern North Carolina. You do not need any special equipment, gardening experience, or a large garden to be part of the challenge.

Information shared by email is targeted to gardening conditions in Pender, New Hanover, Brunswick, Duplin, Carteret, and Onslow counties, but applicable to anyone gardening in USDA hardiness zone 8 and AHS heat zone 7 or 8.

How can I take the challenge?

All you need to do to join the challenge is take a quick online survey. The survey asks about your garden, gardening practices, and learning needs and should take less than 15 minutes to complete. Take the survey.

Information gathered through the survey will only be used by the Pender County center of N.C. Cooperative Extension to develop educational resources to meet participants’ learning needs and will not be shared with outside parties.

Year round gardening resources

The following resources will help you start planning your year round vegetable garden:

Learn more about vegetable gardening from these Extension resources:

Use Extension Search to find research based information from Cooperative Extension systems across the U.S.

Contact your local Cooperative Extension office to get expert advice from an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer:

Visit your local Cooperative Extension office to learn more about gardening. Go to to find your county Extension center or post your questions to be answered online via Extension’s ‘Ask an Expert’ widget.