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February 2010 Archives
Bridget will be posting any new information as well core course scheduling changes here on my blog, so keep on checking it.
FYI .... Dave can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; tel: 763-767-3874
Bridget can be reached at email@example.com; tel: 612-625-4211
- FAQs Master Gardener Online Reporting Tools.pdf
- Lesson 1 Accessing the site and loggin in.pdf
- Lesson 2 How to view last year's hours.pdf
- Lesson 3 How to enter volunteer hours.pdf
- Lesson 4 How to enter continuing education hours.pdf
- Lesson 5 How update contact info and listserv settings.pdf
Does your Master Gardener group have a public or community garden site that is planted, managed and used by your group to educate the gardening public? We are looking for 8-10 Master Gardener groups around Minnesota to help spread the word about the Arboretum's 2010 "Powerhouse Plants Exhibition: Veggies By the Yard" by duplicating the exhibition in their communities.
The goals of this collaborative exhibit focus on:
- encouraging Minnesotans to give gardening a try and include some edibles in their backyard gardens
- demonstrating various designs and techniques including succession cropping,
verticalgrowing, and soil improvement
- tallying the weekly harvest and posting it on a statewide blog hosted by the MN Landscape Arboretum
The garden(s) must be planted in a location easily accessible to the general public (a demonstration garden, fairgrounds, arboretum, public garden site, community garden, etc.). Each dedicated planting area per design must be approximately 50 sq ft.
For each site, the Arboretum / Extension will provide the specific plants / seeds for the selected garden designs (see descriptions below), signage, and instructions for posting to the statewide blog.
Responsibilities of participating Master Gardener volunteer groups:
- planting the garden design(s)
- blogging about what they see / don't see, pest issues, weather conditions, etc. on the statewide blog
- tallying the produce harvested (weight, quantity) and record it on the blog as well as the produce matures.
Master Gardeners will receive volunteer hours for this activity and active MGs and interns alike may participate. You are welcome to incorporate these gardens into your educational sessions throughout the summer. This would be a good project for JMG groups!
If your Master Gardener group would like to participate, please email or call Julie Weisenhorn by March 15: 612-625-1925 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Participating groups will be selected based on the visibility of the planting site and the commitment of the MG volunteers involved to fulfilling the requirements (Tip: good planning goes a long way!)
The five garden designs:
Your MG group may choose to plant one or more of these designs provided you have enough space and volunteers.
1. FIRST TIMER'S GARDEN
Try a baker's dozen of the best crops for beginning gardeners, that are easy to start from seed and garden-store transplants. Plant it once, in late May.
Grow and harvest two seasons of fast-maturing vegetable crops from the same planting bed. Plant it full in early spring with cool-loving crops to pick in June; replant in mid-summer for a second fall harvest.
3. DIG IT!
Plant a garden bed of "buried treasure", filled with root and tuber crops that must all be unearthed at harvest-time.
4. SALAD LOVERS SPECIAL
Grow greens, tomatoes, cukes and more to fill your salad bowl all summer, with herbs and edible flowers for flavor and fun.
5. FOR ADVENTUROUS COOKS
It's a selection of the best of the rest, including some unusual and less familiar crops. There's a whole world of intriguing plants used in other cultures and cuisines. Growing them and enjoying their unique flavors offers adventures for both gardeners and cooks.
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010
9 am - 12:30 pm
9:00 - 9:55 am - What's new and cool in home lawn care - Bob Mugaas
9:55 - 10:20 am - Q&A on home lawn care and home lawn pest mgmt - Bob Mugass
10:20 - 10:35 am - Break
10:35 am - 12:05 pm - Presentation / Q&A: pesticides, organics and IPM - Dean Herzfeld
12:05 - 12:30 pm - Open discussion / Q&A about today's topics - All
12:30 - Adjourn
This has been a really big job. We have involved UMN IT staff, state program staff, a group of county coordinators, and the MG state advisory board members. My sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed to this project!
The goal was to make the system easier for you to report your hours, and to update it with more current tools. We also worked with the talented people on our college IT
We also created some instruction sheets that you can print out and follow along (see Lessons 1-3 below). These instructions are especially for the new MG Interns. Hope they are helpful. We'll be adding three more PDFs in the next few days: how to enter your CE hours; how to update your contact info and listserv options; how to sign up for statewide volunteer activities.
Like any new system, there may be a few glitches here and there. Please email those to me or post to this site and we'll see about getting them corrected right away.
Thank you again to everyone who helped on this project!
FAQs Master Gardener Online Reporting Tools.pdf
For more information: http://imgc.ext.wvu.edu/
The Blog Archives found by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking on Archives. You'll see that the blog is conveniently archived by month/year. Click on the month / year you would like to print.
Print the archive to Adobe PDF. This print option is found in most computers by clicking on Print, then selecting Adobe PDF (or Adobe Acrobat Distiller) from the list of printer options.
Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader will automatically open up the PDF of the Archives. I've attached a sample:
Over the Backyard Fence Feb 2010.pdf.
You could post these PDFs on your e-newsletters or print them for other MGs without computer access.
Hope this helps you with getting the blogs out to all Master Gardeners!
PS: Thanks to Chuck Mans, intern in Pine County, and Jayme Hennek, MG in Stearns County, for sharing your orchid expertise and enthusiasm with me. You got me hooked!
Instructor Guide for Noxious weed presentation.doc
Presentation - Noxious Weeds.ppt
Click here for the full report: http://www.gardenresearch.com/home?q=show&id=3126
Findings from the National Gardening Association's (NGA) new survey, The
Impact of Home and Community Gardening in America,
indicate that food gardening in the
More Americans are recognizing the benefits of growing their own produce, including improved quality, taste, and cost savings. In 2008, gardeners spent a total of $2.5 billion to purchase seeds, plants, fertilizer, tools, and other gardening supplies to grow their own food. According to NGA estimates, on average a well-maintained food garden yields a $500 return when considering a typical gardener's investment and the market price of produce.
PS: To comment, just click on the word Comment under the title of this posting.
Plot design - Canning Garden.pdf
Review and Update of Control Products.pdf
If you decide to complete the survey, your participation is greatly appreciated by the student. Thanks for your help!
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The February issue of the University of Minnesota Yard & Garden News is now available for you to enjoy and learn about some of the latest horticultural research and happenings coming from the University of Minnesota./
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