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December 2011 Archives

Offered by Cornell University:
Organic Gardening Online Class
January 10th- March 4th, 2012

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Marguerite Wells

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, students then explore tried-and-true and cutting-edge techniques for all different kinds of garden plants - annuals and perennials, food plants and ornamentals.

The class is entirely online - students do not meet in person. Students log in at their convenience and participate in daily discussion boards, quizzes, readings, and some activities to do at home. This course is non-credit only, and takes between 1 and 4 hours a week according to individual's interest, experience, and availability.

Hosta plantaginea flower1 002.jpgUMN Extension Master Gardeners may count actual hours spent learning in this class toward continuing education hours.

For more details and registration info, go to:
Check out the U Brief feature that made #3!

BRIEF TOP THREE OF 2011: As the U heads into the New Year, a look back shows that the following stories were the top three features to appear in Brief during 2011, as measured by readership numbers. Number two is apropos to the current season, number three is forward looking toward the brighter days of spring gardening, and number one deals with that forever and infinitely interesting aspect of humanity and higher education: the brain.
Planting for Clean Water Video Contest P1150781.JPG
December, 5 2011 to March 1, 2012.
Sponsored by Blue Thumb

What do I have to do?
Submit a video promoting planting for clean water concepts in an entertaining way. We are striving for an internet sensation - a video so good that it MUST be forwarded to friends and relatives!

For UMN Extension Master Gardeners:
Master Gardeners who submit a video about a project they volunteered for will be able to claim volunteer hours for creating their video. Any Master Gardener video that wins one of the prizes will be featured on the Master Gardener website!

What are the prizes?

You could win one of these gift cards to a Blue Thumb partner nursery or landscape company!
  • 1st place: $500 to Hedberg Nursery
  • 2nd place: $350 to EnergyScapes, Inc.
  • 3rd place: $150 to Natural Shore Technologies, Inc.
What is the deadline for entries?
All entries are due March 1, 2012. Winners will be announced March 19, 2012.

How do I get started?
Visit for contest rules and ideas.

If I have questions ... ?
Contact Dawn Pape, Rice Creek Watershed, at
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