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Master Gardeners of Aitkin County

Master Gardeners of Aitkin County

2015 Aitkin County Fair

July 8-11, 2015, Aitkin County Fairgrounds:

Check out our Aitkin County Master Gardener's booth at the fair! Displays, information and resources are available. Master Gardeners will be on hand to help with questions.

Classes for 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 5:30-6:30, Aitkin Public Library Presentation Room:
Straw Bale Gardening

A straw bale will be brought to the class and our Master Gardeners will walk you through this new and fun gardening technique that Joel Karsten reincarnated! Come, learn and see for yourself!

Tuesday, April 28, 5:30-6:30, Aitkin Public Library Presentation Room:
Enabled Gardening and International Gardening Methods

Learn ways to enhance and extend your years of gardening using new accessible tools along with tried & true methods of enabled gardening. We will show you how to garden differently, using age old methods as well as new modern methods. Hugelkultur, bucket gardens, raised beds, permaculture gardens and more.

Tuesday, May 5, 5:40-6:30, Aitkin Public Library Presentation Room:
Perennial foods for Aitkin: Asparagus, Rhubarb, Winter Onions, Chives, and Horseradish

You can learn to plant these crops and harvest them for many years to come. Class will cover the different varieties available, and how to successfully plant them, and will also include some delicious recipes for your enjoyment! These plants can be added to your floral gardens to enhance your landscape, and still be available as a food source.

Tuesday, May 12, 5:40-6:30, Aitkin Public Library Presentation Room:
Wetland Wildflowers

Learning about native plants for wetland areas such as shorelines and rain gardens will be the lively topic of this native plant class. Plants for sunny wetlands and shady wetlands along with plants of differing heights will be presented. Learn how to use native plants to create a sustainable landscape in wet areas.

Tuesday, May 19, 5:40-6:30, Aitkin Public Library Presentation Room:
Vertical Gardening

Growing vertically, not horizontally, will save you time, space, and is easy to harvest! Class will cover how you can grow vegetables, flowers, and other plants in a limited space by growing UP. You will also learn about creating a vertical garden to enhance different areas of your landscape. If you have decided that a traditional garden is too much work for you, you can now create a vertical garden on your patio or within a limited area!

About Master Gardeners in Aitkin County

Educating people where they live and work about horticulture

Master Gardeners are University of Minnesota-trained volunteers whose job is to educate the public about a variety of horticulture subjects using readily-available, up-to-date research-based information. This educational effort is designed to enhance the public's quality of life and to promote good stewardship of the environment.

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Become a Master Gardener

Join Us!

A love of gardening, a search for knowledge and a desire to share that knowledge with others is central to why people join the Master Gardener program. They remain Master Gardeners to enjoy the friendship of others who share their interests, to gain and share research-based horticultural knowledge and to give back to the community through their volunteer commitment.

If combining your passion for people and plants sounds appealing, you may be a good Master Gardener candidate. A formal education in horticulture isn’t necessary—we will provide the training and resources to help you teach others. There are five steps to becoming a Master Gardener – each step is described in more detail below.

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Have a Gardening Question?

Extension Master Gardeners in Aitkin County will assist you in answering gardening questions.

By phone call the Master Gardener Helpline at 218-927-7370 or 218-927-2538, then press 5Leave a detailed message.  We'll research your question and returen your call with information within 24-48 hours.

Visit us at an 'Ask a Master Gardener' information booth.  Our booth schedule is:

  • Aitkin County Fair
  • Aitkin Farmers Market
  • McGregor Farmers Market

Email your question, and even send a digital photo, to Extension's online 'Ask an Expert' at: www1.extension.umn.edu/garden/ask/

You can also research on your own with diagnostic tools and publications on the University of Minnesota Extension garden website at: www1.extension.umn.edu/garden/

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