With over 94,000 master gardeners contributing an annual service value of over $100 million nationwide, the EMG program is hoping to take its program to a new level by increasing the interaction of its participants. EMG coordinators and guest contributors from various states will take turns sharing a weekly blog post on a topic geared toward the national EMG community. Master gardener volunteers will be encouraged to discuss items appearing in blog posts by submitting comments using the blog's commenting features.
As Extension Master Gardeners, you are encouraged to use the blog to talk shop and interact with other Master Gardeners other states around blog post topics that may highlight many master gardener activities including:
Project ideas, successes, and learning points
Educational opportunities and curricula
Contributions to the public good (value and benefit)
Registration is now open for Master Gardener Summer School 2010.
The price is $25.00 per person and it includes a box lunch, materials, and morning and afternoon breaks.If you have a friend who is interested in the Master Gardener Program and horticulture, you are welcome to include them at the $25 price.
Space is limited, so please register now for the following locations. You do NOT need to select your afternoon break out sessions when you register. Maps for the sites are available on the registration website.
Zuzek: Beyond the Emerald Ash Borer - Replacement Trees for Ash
- 1:30 pm Lunch & Poster Session
Breakout Sessions /
Hands-on - 1:30 - 4:30 pm 1:30 - 2:45 pm Breakout Session I 2:45
- 3:15 pm Break 3:15 - 4:30 pm Breakout Session II Each of the following will be taught during Session I (1:30 - 2:45 pm) and Session II (3:15 - 4:30). Students choose two sessions:
Hahn & Michelle Grabowski: Pest Management in the Home Vegetable
Kathy Zuzek: Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Mugaas: Turfgrass Identification and Management
Here is a new fact sheet on phosphorus-free lawn fertilizer to protect Minnesota lakes and rivers. It was produced as a collaboration of the MN Department of Agriculture, Watershed Partners, Bob Mugaas / University of Minnesota Extension, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
Andy Scott, a senior in Graphic Design at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, is looking for your input, Master Gardeners.
Andy is designing a system of instructions for constructing a modular small-scale urban vegetable garden as his senior project.
The idea is anyone - no matter how limited in space - can have some sort of agricultural operation at their home. He'll be providing a variety of designs that will range from a full raised bed garden for large enough yards to small container plantings for the individual with more limited space.
Another integral part of this project is to use materials that can be commonly found, economical and "green". Some materials Andy has considered so far:
Plastic / trash bags
Rubbermaid / storage containers
Discarded sinks, other appliances
So .... if you have any ideas for Andy, please post them on this blog or email Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephanie Heim is the new "Farm to School" Coordinator for Extension. This Extension program group has been working with several organizations across the state to coordinate "Farm to Cafeteria" (K-12 schools, universities, hospitals, nursing homes) workshops.
We will be hosting three one-day Master Gardener Summer Schools. Registration will be online soon, so mark your calendars now and join us for some great learning and great camaraderie! Registration will be online very soon!
Saturday, June 5 9 am - 4:30 pm Alexandria Tech College Alexandria, MN
Friday, July 16 9 am - 4:30 pm MN Landscape Arboretum Chaska, MN
Saturday, August 14 9 am - 4:30 pm Heintz Center - UMN Rochester Rochester, MN
MG Price: $25.00 (includes box lunch)
General session / Hot Topic Updates - 9 am - noon
Bob Mugaas: Low Maintenance Turfgrasses
Jeff Hahn: Update on the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
Michelle Grabowski: Introduced Plant Pathogens
Kathy Zuzek: Beyond the Emerald Ash Borer - Replacement Trees for Ash
I received the following question via email from a MG - thought others might want to know this as well.
MG question: I am finishing my first shift on the AAMG line, and I had two people ask if they could still get that "super fantastic" compost and mulch from the U. One caller even referred to the pile viewablefrom Cleveland Ave. and wanted to know if she could get her some of that! I haven't been able to figure out if the U is going to be handing out or selling compost or mulch, so I thought I'd ask. Please let me know. My instinct is just to direct them to the compost sites, but they did ask specifically about the U.
My Answer: No, unfortunately the University does not sell compost or provide it to the public.It is used on the Twin Cities campus grounds and gardens. The people may be remembering the "farmpost" - a composted combo of materials from the animal barns that is pulverized and makes a very nice compost around plants. It is now produced off-campus by a company called Kern Landscape Resources: http://www.kernlandscaping.com/
Please ask the caller to not take compost / mulch / soil that she sees or anywhere on campus grounds as it was put there by UMN Facilities Management - LandCare for specific use by staff and / or faculty.
We are offering special pricing for the remaining stock of the 2010edition of the Master Gardener Core Course packets in stock. We have 154 left and when they're gone, they're gone, so buy your copy now!
The Extension Store is staffed Monday - Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., central time. The store is not staffed on major holidays.
What's the difference? Many Master Gardeners are still using their single, large, spiral-bound text last distributed as the core course material in 2007. The new, easy-to-carry core course packet is comprised of a series of booklets - like separate chapters - each focused on a particular topic: MG Volunteer Manual, Botany, Soils, Herbaceous Plants, Lawn Care, Weed Management, IPM, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Diagnostics, Fruits, Vegetables, Living with Wildlife, Trees & Shrubs, and Indoor Plants. In the packet are two additional items: Extension publication #1731 Soil Test Interpretations and Fertilizer Management for Lawns, Turfs, Gardens and Landscape Plants, and a CD of about 100 Extension publications.
What happened to the 3-ring binder we used to get? The CD of publications has replaced the 3-ring binder. The publications on the CD are the same (but updated) as those in the binder (if they are still applicable). Because very few Extension publications stopped became online documents in recent years, they were no longer available in print form. Based on suggestions from volunteers, we developed the CD particularly for MGs who have dial-up Internet connection and/or those who like to use their laptops, but don't always have an internet connection (e.g. The CD of publications has replaced the 3-ring binder. The publications on the CD are the same (but updated) as those in the binder (if they are still applicable). Because very few Extension publications stopped became online documents in recent years, they were no longer available in print form. Based on suggestions from volunteers, we developed the CD particularly for MGs who have dial-up Internet connection and/or those who like to use their laptops, but don't always have an internet connection (e.g. the state fair).