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Master Gardeners of Goodhue County

Master Gardeners of Goodhue County

Our New Website

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The Goodhue County Master Gardeners have a new website at goodhuemastergardeners.org. We have new gardening articles, a calendar with gardening events all around the region and lots of other timely information for Minnesota gardeners.

For more information on how to become a Goodhue County Master Gardener, please visit our new webpage or call the Extension Office at 651-385-3100.

Become a Goodhue County Master Gardener

Those who have gardening talents they would like to share with other residents of Goodhue County are being sought for the Master Gardener program sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension.

The Master Gardener program is an educational program designed to train volunteers to help others in their communities with horticulture. The 2012 Master Gardener Core Course will be held at the University of MN -- St. Paul Campus and online. A total of 48 hours of education, this class is taught by University of Minnesota extension educators and faculty. Some of the topics included in the core course will be: entomology, herbaceous plants, trees and shrubs, indoor plants, integrated pest management, lawn care, fruits and vegetables.

Upon completion of the Master Gardener program, each Master Gardener is required to complete an internship of 50 hours of volunteer time the first year, and 25 hours of volunteer time in following years. These volunteer hours can be achieved in a variety of ways including presentations and community service projects.

For more information, please contact, U of MN Extension Goodhue County, 651-385-3100 or 1-800-385-3101.

Battling Buckthorn on Your Property

David Velasquez, Goodhue County Master Gardener Intern

Buckthorn is designated as a restricted, noxious weed in Minnesota. So why is it so pervasive on my property and the property of so many landowners? Originally buckthorn was imported as an ornamental. Most Minnesota nurseries have voluntarily stopped selling this tree because of its ability to escape cultivation, which is the issue. When uncontrolled, buckthorn can form dense thickets in forests, yards, parks, and roadsides. It will crowd out native plants and displace the native shrubs and small trees in the mid-layer of the forest where many species of birds normally nest. It is important for property owners to recognize and remove buckthorn in order to protect their local environment.

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Managing Japanese Beetles

Terry L. Yockey, Goodhue County Master Gardener

Last season Japanese Beetles invaded Minnesota in a big way and unfortunately now that they have arrived, they are here to stay. Though they are fairly new to Minnesota, the first transplanted Japanese beetle was found in a New Jersey nursery in 1916. As the name implies they are native to Japan where they have several natural enemies that keep their population in check. Here in the U.S., however, Japanese beetles continue to spread to new areas every year and have become a highly destructive plant pest.

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Growing Caladiums in Your Shade Garden

Bob Jacobus, Goodhue County Master Gardener Intern

Bring excitement to your shade gardens with flamboyant splashes of color by planting bulblike tubers of "Fancy Leaf" Caladiums among your Hosta and Fern plants. Gorgeous hues of red, pink, and white heart shaped leaves move gracefully in the breeze bringing your shade garden to life.

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