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The course covers one topic during each of the 8 weeks, including vegetables, fruits, flowers and ornamentals, and lawns. With a strong foundation in soil health and its impact on plant health, we then explore tried-and-true and cutting-edge techniques for all different kinds of garden plants - annuals and perennials, food plants and ornamentals. For more details and registration info, go to:
I took this class and really recommend that you take advantage of this comprehensive learning opportunity. It is great information on turf maintenance in Minnesota - jw

Adapted from a similar course for turfgrass managers, Summer Turf Maintenance with Reduced Environmental Impacts is available at no cost to UMN Extension Master Gardeners. Funding for this program was provided by MPCA through a grant from the US EPA, Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Fund. Sponsorship is provided by Fortin Consulting, MPCA, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, University of Minnesota Extension with other participants from the turfgrass management profession.

For class details: 

Fortin Course Description.pdf

Tuesday, May 4, 2010
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
No class fee
UMN Extension Regional Office - Farmington

Bob Mugaas, Extension Educator - Turfgrass Management, UMN Extension; Connie Fortin, President, Fortin Consulting; and Brad Tabke, Owner, Quercus Landscapes.

Register by contacting Fortin Consulting. There is no charge for this class, but pre-registration is required and limited to 60 participants - REGISTER EARLY! Please provide your name, phone number, and email to:

Fortin Consulting Inc.
215 Hamel Road, Hamel, MN 55340
Tel: 763-478-3606

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The human fuel part of the 2010 exhibition at the MN Landscape Arboretum is called Powerhouse Plants: Veggies By the Yard! Master Gardeners will be participating by planting vegetable garden designs, created by Ted Pew, gardener at the Arb, that will fit into 50 sq ft of garden space. The goal is to encourage people to plant a little space of edibles in their garden.

Master Gardeners around the state will be blogging about their experiences and the volume of produce from these gardens as a part of this very cool collaboration. The best part will be hearing what's happening in, for example, Cook County and Steele County. Citizens are encouraged to visit the sites and read the blog and give these garden designs a try in their own landscapes.

Master Gardener sites will be:

  • Display & Trial Garden, UMN St. Paul campus
  • Cook County: Grand Marais Community Center
  • Wright County: Courtyard Learning Garden, Pinewood Elementary, Monticello
  • Traverse County: Junior Master Gardeners, Grow To Share Garden, county fairgrounds
  • Scott County: Teaching Garden, Scott County fairgrounds
  • Hennepin County: Alice Smith Elementary School, Hopkins
  • Ramsey County: The Wilder Child Development Center, St. Paul
  • Sherburne County: Demonstration gardens in Becker, Zimmerman and Elk River
  • Mower County: Junior Master Gardeners, Mower County fairgrounds
  • Washington County: County fairgrounds demonstration garden
  • Anoka County: Blaine Community Gardens
  • Dakota County: UMORE Park - Master Gardener Demonstration Garden
  • Kanabec County: Junior Master Gardeners
UMNgardeninfologo.png What is the Hort Working Group? It's comprised of Extension Educators, local and statewide, MG coordinators, and Extension staff who are involved with working with Master Gardeners and bringing UMN Ext consumer horticulture and horticulture-related areas (plant path and entomology) to Minnesotans.

Today we are meeting for professional development involving Today we are meeting for professional development involving Twitter and webinars. Guest presenters are Karen Jeanette, content specialist for eXtension; Chery Hayes, UMN Extension, and Karen Mathes, UMN Extension. At the moment, we are listening to Karen discuss the ins and outs of Twitter and how we can co-Tweet about what's happening in in the landscape. The goal is to connect with those people using Twitter on the gardening front.
On Sunday, March 21, from 6 a.m. to noon, the University's Office of Information On Sunday, March 21, from 6 a.m. to noon, the University's Office of Information Technology will be updating their operating system causing intermittent email and listserv outages. During this time, Extension staff will not have access to their email accounts and will not be able to send messages to University  listservs. This includes MASTGAR and MGSTATE.
Please note the following schedule change to the last two Mankato sessions of the MG Core Course:

Tuesday, March 16 - John Loegering - Living with Wildlife - 6-9 pm Thursday, March 18 - Karl Foord - Fruits - 6-9 pm

Both sessions will meet at the Blue Earth County Courthouse as usual.
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