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January 2010 Archives

In March 2006, the Board of Regents approved a resolution authorizing the University to schedule classes on caucus night subject to a policy of individual accommodation for students who wish to attend their party caucus.  Classes on the Twin Cities Campus are scheduled for caucus night with the clear expectation that instructors will make reasonable accommodations for students who will be attending their party caucus.

We will be holding class on Tuesday, Feb. 2, Caucus Night, as a large majority of students plan to attend class. Students planning to attend their local caucus should utilize the appropriate online module. I will be teaching Herbaceous Plants in Pine City and Jeff Hahn will be teaching Diagnostics in St. Paul. If you have questions, feel free to email or talk to me.

TO REGISTER: Call the MN State Horticulture Society at 651-643-3601. (Please do not call me or Bridget).

Landscape Design Basics for Homeowners - SPACE LIMITED TO 60 PEOPLE
Date:  Saturday, June 12
Time:  8 am - 5 pm
Instructors:  Julie Weisenhorn, Director, U of MN Master Gardener Program and Extension Educator Jim Calkins, Horticulturist
Location: University of Minnesota Plant Growth Facility and Greenhouses, 1552 Gortner Avenue, St.Paul 55108

*Deadline for registration: May 28, 2010 - Email required for registration*

Price: $99 MSHS member, ($175 per MSHS member couple) ;
$110 non-members ($195 per non-member couple); 
Priceincludes a comprehensive course packet, lab materials, and a set of basic design tools

Got a landscape design project, but don't know where to start? This class will help get your design project off the ground! During this 8-hour class, you will learn about site analysis, the design process and plant selection with homework between each session. The class will focus on the principles and theory of sustainable design, site analysis, concept and draft design development, and plant selection. Attendees will also learn how to develop quality bedlines, mix and match plants based on function and landscape characteristics, how to build flexibility into the design process, and the importance of the relationship between design and implementation. Class includes lecture periods as well as in-class exercises that will allow attendees to put pencil to paper and practice the techniques discussed during the workshop.

NOTE: Plant Elements of Design plant selection CD e available for sale at the class for $49.00, saving S&H.
TO REGISTER: call the MN State Horticulture Society at 651-643-3601 (Please do not call me or Bridget).

Landscape Design Basics for Homeowners - SPACE IS LIMITED TO 20 PEOPLE
Date:  May 5, 12, 19 and 26 (4 sessions)
Time:  6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Instructors:  Julie Weisenhorn, Director, U of MN Master Gardener Program and Extension Educator, and Jim Calkins, Horticulturist
Location: University of Minnesota Plant Growth Facility and Greenhouses, 1552 Gortner Avenue, St.Paul 55108

*Deadline for registration: April 16, 2010 - Email required for registration*

Price: $120 MSHS member, ($199 per MSHS member couple) ; $130 non-members ($210 per non-member couple); Price includes includes a comprehensive course packet, lab materials, and a set of basic design tools.

 Got a landscape design project, but don't know where to start? This class will help get your design project off the ground! During this four-session class, you will use your own front or back yard as a class project and apply what you learn about site analysis, the design process and plant selection. The class will focus on the principles and theory of sustainable design, site analysis, concept and draft design development, and plant selection. Attendees will also learn how to develop quality bedlines, mix and match plants based on function and landscape characteristics, how to build flexibility into the design process, and the importance of the relationship between design and implementation. Class includes lecture periods as well as take-home assignments that will allow attendees to put pencil to paper and practice the techniques discussed during the class.

Instructors will email students by April 23rd with instructions for class preparation including taking a soil sample, and completing a questionnaire about your site.

NOTE:
Plant Elements of Design plant selection CD developed by the University of Minnesota will be available for purchase during the class for $49.00, saving S&H. 


West Virginia University Extension Service and the West Virginia Master Gardener Association invite you to join us at the 2011 International Master Gardener Conference, October 11 -14 in Charleston, West Virginia.

This sounds like fun! I encourage all of you to attend if possible! Read more details on http://imgc.ext.wvu.edu/

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Once again, we need dedicated Master Gardeners to test various vegetables, salvia, and/or sunflowers in their own gardens throughout the state. For a small service charge, we will mail you enough seeds to start one hill of each pumpkin, one plant of each tomato, two or three plants of each salvia or sunflower, or 30 inches of row for each pak choi or bean variety.  We'll also send forms on which to record yield, flavor, etc., for the crop being tested. You MUST devote a minimum of eighteen (18) row-feet to the test, and evaluate all varieties in your chosen test. Please complete the following form (click on the link to open and save). The form is self-explanatory, but if you have any questions, please contact Bridget Barton at 612-625-4211.

Your evaluations of the trials MUST be submitted to the state office by October 1, 2010, or you will not be eligible for future trials.

2010 VEGETABLE VARIETY TRIAL PANEL REGISTRATION.pdf

This year, we'll test six varieties in each trial.  Gardeners choosing to grow tomatoes, for example, must grow at least one plant of all varieties, and compare them to each other.
The following is a list of variety selections  for this year's trials. (Subject to change depending on availability):

ROUND-PODDED GREEN BUSH BEANS "Bush Blue Lake 274", "Derby", "Foremost", "Hialeah", "Jade", "Strike"

HYBRID PAK CHOI "Feng Qing Choi", "Joi Choi", "New Nabai", "Purple", "Shuko", "Violetta"

MINI PUMPKINS (DECORATIVE & EDIBLE) "Autumn Crown", "Baby Bear", "Bat Wings", "Hooligan", "Tiny Turk", "Wee-B-Little"

SALVIA (COCCINEA OR TALL SPLENDENS TYPES) "Bonfire", "Cherry Blossom", "Coral Nymph", "Flare", "Lady in Red", "Lighthouse"

TALL ORNAMENTAL SUNFLOWERS "Joker hybrid", "Lemon Queen", "Moulin Rouge Hybrid", "Soraya", "Strawberry Blonde", "Sunbeam"

PASTE/SALAD TOMATOES "Amish Paste" , "Orange Banana', "Roman Candle", "Sausage", "Viva Italia" hybrid, "Window Box" hybrid

In 2010, we will not be having a state conference. Instead, we will be offering three 1-day education days called Master Gardener Summer School. The goal of MGSS is to encourage Master Gardeners to learn together and to help volunteers gain 7 continuing education hours.

MGSS will be held in from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm in the following three sites:
  • Alexandria - Saturday, June 5 - 9:00 -
  • MN Landscape Arboretum - Friday, July 16
  • Rochester - Saturday, August 14.

The price for each day will be about $20-25 per person and include a box lunch.

Instructors for the day will include Bob Mugaas, Michelle Grabowski, Jeff Hahn, Kathy Zuzek, and a local extension educator. The agenda will be comprised of a General Session in the morning and break out sessions in the afternoon.

During the General Session, instructors will present brief updates on "hot topics" in their areas of expertise. These presentations will be available online for viewing and listening. 

After lunch, Master Gardeners will be able to choose from two out of four options for break out sessions, a few of which will include time outside. The class content  will be similar in all three locations. During lunch, we plan to have a display of posters from Extension about key horticulture and horticulture-related topics for you to study.

I hope you plan on attending! Registration will be online soon! Watch this blog for the online registration.

I will be teaching in Pine City this Tuesday and Thursday, so Bridget Barton will be your program facilitator at the St. Paul classes. Tuesday night class will be Integrated Pest Management taught by Dean Herzfeld. Thursday night class will be taught by Jeff Hahn, and focus on Entomology. Have a good week! See you Saturday, Jan. 30. - jw
Make Sure Your Voice Is Heard!

From Barb Liukkonen, UMN Water Resources Center liukk001@umn.edu The University of Minnesota's Water Resources Center is developing a Water Sustainability Framework for the next 25 years to protect and improve Minnesota's precious water resources. Because the state's surface and ground waters belong to the people, we are gathering public opinion via surveys and listening sessions on a range of water issues. Use this link and complete an online survey to make sure your opinions are heard. It's anonymous, quick, and easy. Responses will be incorporated into the Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework that will be presented to the State Legislature January 2011. If you're unable to access the survey online, call 612-624-8292 and we'll send you a written copy. Please feel free to forward this message to your colleagues, members, or constituents.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BL5KNPB

While you're on the WRC web site, you can sign up for regular email updates on the progress of the Framework and find out more about when and where Listening Sessions will be held around the state.


Are you feeling under the weather? By all means, stay home from core course and take advantage of the online classes. Don't risk feeling worse or infecting others around you.
Drink lots of liquids and rest!

Are you interested in becoming a Forest Pest First Detector? If so, and this is a great Volunteer opportunity, please check out the information below and register for a training.

 

 The Minnesota Forest Pest First Detectors training program is designed to help identify the occurrence of Emerald Ash Borer and other forest pests in Minnesota. First Detectors are the front line of defense against likely infestations. Meeting, working with and educating the public about exotic forest pests are key activities of Forest Pest First Detectors. Attendees at the training will have the opportunity to become Certified Tree Inspectors, as the Tree Inspector exam will be offered after each class. Pre-registration is required to attend the training, take the Tree Inspector Exam and to sign up to be a Forest Pest First Detector. See website:

http://www.extension.umn.edu/pesticides/2010/EAB/

 

During the year 2010 the West Central Research and Outreach Center
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Gardens at WCROC would like to designate one of their annual planting
beds to show off plants (annuals, vegetables, possibly perennials)
that were grown 100 years ago.   It would be interesting to compare
these plants to their more modern and hybridized counterparts.  We
are looking for ideas and plant choices.  Any suggestions???  Thanks
for your input.

Send your ideas to: Susan Gooch, Stevens County Master Gardener, goochsl@morris.umn.edu


Some folks have difficulty finding answers to questions in the core course. For the most part, you should be able to find answers throughout this class in the presentations and in your booklet. HOWEVER ... you will need to search for answers and I encourage you to start with the incredible amount of information on the GARDENING INFORMATION website: Note on this website the Yard & Garden e-Newsletter (first item top left) with the searchable archives.

Have you dug into the Online Gardening Resources module on the online class site? If you haven't,  you are missing an awesome amount of info. You also have many resources listed in the back of your booklets - questions on apples? Check the Fruits booklet. Wondering about trees? Check out the resource list in Trees, Shrubs & Vines.

Google is a great search tool (wish I'd thought of it!) but stick to University research-based information when you are answering people's questions as a Master Gardener. This can be UMN information and info from other Universities (we don't know everything!). Just be sure the info is applicable to Minnesota gardening (primarily zone 3 & 4).

And sometimes you need to say "it depends". It's your role to think through the question, dig into your resources and come up with (sometimes several) answers.

If you are wondering how to submit answers to the Botany assignment, here are some tips:

Essentially, use the websites and presentations to answer the questions in Task 2.1 Assignment: Botany & General Horticulture.

You can go back and forth between the assignment (or quiz as well) and the Tasks page where there are links to websites, the presentations, etc.

 Read the question, and then go to the Tasks page (you may have to reduce your window size a bit) and look for the answer.

You also have your Botany book as well.


Short notice, but hopefully some of you can make it!

Master Gardeners are invited to join the Friends of Andersen Hort Library on Monday, January 25 at 1:00 pm to hear Margery Daughtrey, Senior Extension Associate, Department of Plant Pathology, Cornell University, speak on  Perennial Plants - Perennial Pathogens: Matching Wits with Diseases in the Garden.  Her latest book, Diseases of Herbaceous Perennials (2009) will be available for purchase and signing.

You do NOT have to be a Friend of the Library or Arboretum member.
Margery's talk will be at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in the Snyder Building auditorium. It is a quarterly meeting of the Friends of the Library group, but they are opening it up to Master Gardeners. No need to register or RSVP.

Directions can be found on the Arboretum website http://www.arboretum.umn.edu) and more information about the talk and the Friends group is at the Library's website: http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/library.aspx  Other questions? Contact Kathy Allen, Head Librarian, Andersen Horticultural Library, 952-443-1405; email kallen@umn.edu
Even though I was used non-verbal communication during Sunday's Vikings game, I am still unable to speak above a whisper (!). Please study the Herbaceous module of the Online Class. There are presentations, websites to explore and a self-quiz. Instructions for accessing the site are listed in my previous entry to this blog "Instructions for Accessing the Online Class".

Class will resume on Thursday with "Trees & Shrubs" by Extension educator and plant breeder, Kathy Zuzek.



While the rhubarb leaves do contain poisonous materials, they can be used in the compost pile. Oxalic acid and soluble oxalates are not readily absorbed by the roots of plants. Compost containing decomposed rhubarb leaves can be safely worked into the soil of vegetable gardens. Jauron, Richard, Iowa State University Horticulture & Home Pest News, May 2, 1997 issue, p. 57

Interested in native plants and native sites? Click here for find out about the Wild Ones annual conference. The conference flyer is here:
Design With Nature Conf brochure.pdf
Due to a scheduling conflict, Karl Foord will be teaching the Fruits module in Pine City instead of Terry Nennich.
There was some awesome chatting happening last night - lots of LOL (laughing-out-loud) and that's always a good thing - because this should be fun, right? Those who participated  - you did a terrific job and I'm proud of you! Active MGs - you are welcome to join in - please identify yourself when you log in with the generic user ID and password. Your show up as "Horticulture for the Home & Garden" only and it would be nice to know who you are.

Active Master Gardeners and all students taking the class "live" can access the online class for free through the use of a generic user ID and password. Click the following for a PDF of instructions:
Online Instructions for active MGs& interns.pdf

If a "live" class session is canceled, students will view the presentations online.
Below is the link to the EAB Regulatory Review from December 21, 2009:

http://www.mda.state.mn.us/sitecore/content/Global/MDADocs/pestsplants/eab/eab-bulletin-12212009.aspx

Below is the link to the EAB Regulatory Review from January
4, 2010:

http://www.mda.state.mn.us/en/sitecore/content/Global/MDADocs/pestsplants/eab/eab-bulletin-01042010.aspx


Read the following STrib article on Connie Young, UMN Extension Master Gardener in Hennepin County. Way to Go Connie! Love the garden shots - they are great to see in January!
Click here for the Star Tribune article
Classes are now scheduled for the Woodland Advisor Classes throughout Minnesota for January, February and March 2010.For more information about each class, go to the Woodland Advisor website at http://cfc.cfans.umn.edu/wa/Support/wasess.htm.  Click on the title of the class and additional details will be displayed.

Blue Thumb Native Shoreline Train the Trainer

Making it Easy for Homeowners to Design, Purchase and Install Beautiful Shorelines That Protect Water Quality

Tuesday, February 9th

Presenters: Curt Coudron and Mike Isensee, Dakota County SWCD

Location: Blaine City Hall 10801 Town Square Drive NE, Blaine, MN. Master Gardeners may count this class toward continuing education hours.
For more details click:

Blue Thumb Native Shoreline Train the Trainer.pdf


The 2010 Core Course Packet is in stock and available for purchase online at the UMN Extension Store. The price is $75. The packet consists of 17 booklets: MG Volunteer Manual; Botany; Soils; Herbaceous Plants; Trees, Shrubs & Vines; Lawn Care; Weeds; Entomology; Plant Pathology; Diagnostics; IPM; Fruits; Indoor Plants; Vegetables; Living with Wildlife; and the Extension pub "Soil Test Interpretations and Fertilizer Management for Lawns, Turf, Gardens, and Landscape Plants" by Carl Rosen et. al.

All Master Gardeners will receive a Volunteer Manual through their county office or in the mail.

Currently, the booklets are only for sale as a packet, not individually.

HOWEVER  ....
the digital files (PDF) of these booklets, with the exception of the Extension pub, are available on the core course website in the appropriate module. If you want one or two of the booklets, I recommend you simply print it out. If you are interested in updating your library and want the complete packet, it is more economical to purchase it. Note that the course packet is printed in BW, but the PDFs are in color.

Good question! Yes, you can work on the online class 24/7. The only "scheduled" part of the class is that one topic is studied per week, so you want to finish the classwork - including the discussion questions - by Sunday evening of each week. Also, watch for discussion questions for you to answer posted on the discussion board on the website at the beginning of each week by the specific instructor for that week. 
The class website is active now, but I'm still updating pieces of it including uploading some updated presentations from the various instructors. Whew! You are welcome to read ahead, watch presentations, etc, but realize they may change a little when we actually get to them in the course schedule.

This applies only to Master Gardener interns and ProHort students taking the ONLINE class.

You, know, you think you have all your ducks in a row...
We had a minor communication breakdown. The Volunteer Manual was mailed by US Postal to you by mistake on its own. You should have received the core course packet which includes a copy of the volunteer manual - but there was a mix-up between us and the distribution center. It's fixed now and the core course packets have been sent to you via UPS today. You should have a copy by Monday or Tuesday (unless you have PO Box - those were mailed - and may take a day longer). My apologies for the delay!
You can list the fact you are a Master Gardener on your resume and in your credentials under "Volunteer Activities", but you cannot use the title "Master Gardener" on your business card, website banner, or anywhere else designed for commercial profit.  This is explained further in the Volunteer Manual in your course packet on page 15. Master Gardeners can generate money for their local program that is then used to cover operational costs, meeting spaces, project expenses, etc. Master Gardeners personally are not allowed to receive financial compensation for their service as a Master Gardener.
No. Just taking HORT 1003, the Master Gardener core course, does not make a person a Master Gardener. The Master Gardener program is a volunteer program, and requires that a person apply to and be admitted through an interview process to their local program. ProHort students can absolutely apply after taking the class, and - if accepted - do not need to take the class again providing their admittance to their local program is within two years of taking HORT 1003. If you are taking HORT 1003 now and would like to be considered for the Master Gardener program in your area, please contact your local Extension office or the State Master Gardener office.
HORT 1003 Master Gardener Core Course / Horticulture for the Home & Garden is available online. Active Master Gardeners may access the class, free of charge, as a way of gaining Continuing Education hours and refreshing their horticulture knowledge. Content online is the same, or similar, to that of the face-to-face classes. All presentations include the instructor's audio, and there are many great website links that can be valuable resources and help you in your volunteering efforts.

Here is the schedule for the online class:
2010 Schedule - Online.xls

To access the class site: click Online Instructions for active MGs& interns.pdf to download the instructions for accessing the website and for the generic user ID and password needed to access the class.
2010 Schedule Pine City.xlsInterested in attending the Master Gardener Core Course classes?
The 2010 Master Gardener Core Course is being held in St. Paul, Pine City and Mankato. Active Master Gardeners are welcome to attend the classes, free of charge, to refresh their knowledge and gain Continuing Education hours.

Click on the links below to see the class schedules for the three locations:
2010 Schedule - St. Paul.xls
2010 Schedule Pine City.xls
2010 Schedule - Mankato.xls


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