The 2014 Minnesota State Fair is just around the corner - August 21 through September 1. Be sure to stop by the "Ask a Master Gardener" booth in the Agriculture and Horticulture building when you are at the fair. Just say "hello" or bring your gardening question. Extension Master Gardener volunteers will be at the booth from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily to help you solve gardening questions, provide information about biochar and tomato diseases, and share links and references to a wealth of University of Minnesota Extension garden information. You may not find anything on a stick at this booth, but you'll find Extension Master Gardener volunteers eager to assist you.
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Ask A Master Gardener, part of the national Extension Ask An Expert online Q&A tool, is staffed by Extension Master Gardeners ready and willing to provide solutions to your gardening problems within 24 hours. Minnesota recently completed online volunteer training and currently 71 Master Gardeners are volunteering for Ask A Master Gardener.
How does it work? Simple. Click on the link to Ask A Master Gardener, type in your question, attach a photo if you like, and click Submit. Your question is filtered at the national level and sent to a Master Gardener who's criteria (location, topic, etc.) matches your question and location. The Master Gardener volunteer receives your question via email, researches and responds to your email.
Archives of answered gardening questions can also be searched on the national eXtension website. And don't forget to visit the U of M Extension Garden website for publications, classes, events, and other great resources!
The next time a gardening problem perplexes you, Ask A Master Gardener!