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August 2010 Archives

Continuing Education Opportunities for Master Gardeners:

Two free webinars on regional monitoring of pests and weather
Sponsored by NEREAP* and the Northeastern IPM Center
To register, and for more information:

WEBINAR 1: Sept. 15, 11 a.m.-12:00 pm
Wide-area Monitoring in the Northeast--What's Happening and How Can You Fit in?
Moderator: Curt Petzoldt, NYS IPM Program
Ed Rajotte, Pennsylvania IPM Program: PA PIPE
Shelby Fleischer, The Pennsylvania State University: Pest Watch
Julie Carroll, Cornell University: NEWA
Brief presentations and ample time to discuss
--How can we better use these monitoring capabilities by working together?
--What kind of system would people want?
--Should we consider a multistate project using new concepts and technologies?
WEBINAR 2: Oct. 19, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Delivery Methods for Wide-area Monitoring in the Northeast
Moderator: Edwin Rajotte, Pennsylvania IPM Program
Art DeGaetano, Cornell University: Northeast Regional Climate Center
Harvey Reissig, Cornell University: Fruit and Vegetable Decision Support Systems on line
Glen Koehler, University of Maine: Orchard Radar
Doug Pfeiffer, Virginia Tech: Information delivery in hand (Smart Phones & PDAs)
*The Northeast Research, Extension, and Academic Programs Committee for IPM
 The NEIPMCommunication-L list is owned by the Northeastern IPM Center, which fosters the development and adoption of integrated pest management, a science-based approach to managing pests in ways that generate economic, environmental, and human health benefits. We use the list periodically to distribute news about IPM funding opportunities, research and extension projects, and great IPM information sources. To join or unsubscribe from the list, please send a request via e-mail to
This is cool! Read on ...

The idea came from 2,000 miles away in San Francisco and has inspired innovative and

exciting new landscape projects on the UMD campus this summer. Three large "Edible Landscape" gardening operations broke ground in May and are now beginning to take root and grow. "The Edible Landscape is meant to educate students and staff, as well as the community, about different food systems and healthy e

ating. It also teaches them about sustainability and anthropology," said Candice Richards, associate director of Custodial and Ground Services for the UMD Facilities Management Department.

The Slow Food Nation Victory Garden located in front of the San Francisco City Hall motivated UMD's creation of the raised straw-bale Edible Landscape gardens located over the UMD Life Science building. The large rectangle plots, outlined in burlap-covered straw-bales, house a variety of vegetables including eggplant, beans, and onions.

"We heard about this and decided to try the same

thing here on campus," said Steve Schilling, executive assistant of UMD Facilities Management. "There was a lot of interest from various groups--so the only question was where to put the raised beds." More ...

At last! A repellent for deer and mice that won't wash off! UMND research scientist, Tom Lever, has developed a systemic repellent based on capsicum (red pepper) that should be available in stores for spring 2011! Read on ....

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (08/19/2010) --Adapting a chemical used to deliver medicines through the skin, University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) scientist Tom Levar has developed a way to protect plants from browsing by deer and mice by delivering a natural hot pepper concentrate through the roots of young plants, making them inedible. Read more ....

From the MN State Horticultural Society:

Is there a garden in your neighborhood that always lifts your spirits?  You can nominate the gardeners who have made outstanding contributions to greening efforts in public gardens or community projects.  Individuals, projects and activities of neighborhood groups, garden clubs and communities that have contributed to rejuvenating communities and have brightened our world through plants are recognized by the Minnesota State Horticultural Society at their annual State Awards event. 

Individual Awards categories include Youth and Educator Awards, Greening Awards include: excellence in community gardening, contributing to community livability and community beautification projects.  For more information or to receive a nomination form, call (651) 643-3601, 1-800-676-6747, ext 211, or click on Classes/Programs at for a printable form with instructions.   Capture the Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for image001.jpgbeauty of the gardens now with digital photos, and send the completed entries in by Monday November 8, 2010.  The State Awards & Recognition event is scheduled for Saturday April 2, 2011 at Bachman's Garden Center in South Minneapolis.

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P1090338.JPGI have not posted much in the past couple of months. I spent time on a speaking tour for the Arrowhead Library System in July and August. Extension educator, Eleanor Burkett, and I spoke at 16 libraries - Silver Bay, Two Harbors, Duluth, Cloquet, Hoyt Lakes, Ely, Int'l Falls, Baudette, Grand Rapids, Hibbing, Marble, Buhl, Eveleth, Virginia, Babbitt and Gilbert - over the course of five days. WHEW! It was great to meet Master Gardeners at many of these sites. Thank you for making us feel welcome!

Earlier this month, my mother-in-law, Helen Weisenhorn, had a severe stroke from which she never recovered, and she passed away on August 9th. The weeks following were consumed with funeral preparations both here in MN and in NJ where Helen was born and would be buried. Helen was almost 92, and a great mother-in-law. We had been her caregivers for the past decade and she will be missed by us and the people who knew her.

I am back in action here in Alderman Hall and looking forward to cooler weather and getting back to work. Thanks to my staff, Dave and Bridget, for taking over while I've been out - I couldn't ask for better people to work with! Thanks too to all of the coordinators out there and the Master Gardeners who keep on providing leadership, and teaching in their communities. The Master Gardener Program may be about horticulture, but it's the people who really make it happen. Thank you!
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