Master Gardener Class 2020

September 8, 2020 – Botany

Master Gardener Friends, Thanks for being such an engaged group this week. I put together this quick anonymous feedback form for those of you who were in class to make suggestions on how to improve the Zoom experience (breakout rooms, videos, overall flow, etc.). I sincerely want you to help me figure out what works and doesn’t […]

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September 1, 2020 – Herbaceous Landscape Plants

Disclaimer/Request I’m hoping to make this next MGV training session (botany part 2) a more interactive class using a few short activities where I’ll have you work in small groups using the virtual breakout rooms that we used once last spring. It’s ok if you don’t have a camera, but I’m hoping more of you […]

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June 2, 2020 Vegetables (part 2)

Hi Master Gardeners, You’ve completed the spring training – congratulations! I’ve said it many times before, but I’ll say it again – your commitment to the training in these circumstances is much appreciated. I look forward to sharing volunteer opportunities that you can do away from home as soon as our administration allows us to do so. […]

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May 19, 2020 Weed & Plant Disease Management

Hi Master Gardeners, Looking forward to seeing you next Tuesday for our last spring MGV training session (Vegetables, part 2). Homework Get your hands dirty! Please complete this survey for Dr. Alicyn Smart. That’s it! Mentioned in class UMaine Weed Management Videos Weed seedling ID guide https://s3.wp.wsu.edu/uploads/sites/2079/2015/06/Weed-Seedling-Identificaiton-Guide-Montana-Ext.pdf https://www.inaturalist.org/ and https://identify.plantnet.org/– plant ID tools mentioned in class. I have […]

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May 12, 2020 Vegetables (part 1)

Hi Master Gardeners, Homework 1) Please read Tips for Starting a Healthy Garden Plant Pathology Two plant disease fact sheets from this page. 2) Learn the characteristics of and management strategies for at least two weeds on this website.  3) Use this key to try to identify at least one plant found in your lawn.  4) Take this pre-quiz   […]

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May 5, 2020 Composting

Hi Master Gardeners, Hope you’re enjoying the signs of spring showing up everywhere. I always count on the first week of May to bring some exciting glimpses of native flowers and swelling tree buds. We spotted one of our steadfast clumps of red trillium on our evening bike ride last night, the chartreuse green bunches of […]

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April 28, 2020 Woody Ornamental Plants

Hi Master Gardener Friends, Thanks again for your terrific questions and doing a great job responding to Marjorie’s questions. It’s great to know you’re out there and enjoying the class. Resources mentioned in class  Tick prevention – please share this link widely Garden in Hermon (where the magnolias are blooming) http://ecotat.org/ Native Plant Finder website that offers incredible info […]

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April 21, 2020 Tree Fruits

Hi Master Gardener friends!! Once again, I’m ever so grateful for your continued engagement. Here’s a great book on pruning for those interested in diving deeper into the topic. http://www.leereich.com/books (The Pruning Book) I snuck into the office today to present a Garden Chat on succession planting today. It was great to see a few of you […]

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April 14, 2020 Coffee Talk – homework for next week

Hi Master Gardener Friends, I hope all of you are doing well and enjoying some time outdoors. Thanks to all who came to the coffee hour on Tuesday. It was fun to hear about what you’re up to in your gardens and answer questions in a very informal setting. I’ll poll the class on Tuesday to […]

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April 7, 2020 Small Fruit (part 2) and Good Agricultural Practices

Please continue to send your gardening stories and photos. I really enjoyed sharing your updates. Forgive me if I missed anything you’ve sent to me and be sure to send me a gentle reminder if that’s the case. I realized after the fact that I missed sharing a fun photo and anecdote from Margaret, so […]

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