The monthly update is out ….except not as early as it usually should be!
In subsequent posts, you’ll know why it took awhile to get this update out (it has to do with switchgrass fields and summer travel)….but we still wanted to share what happened here in our July 2013 posts archive. Below we take a closer look at what we did in July, and some of the take-aways.
- Mary-Jean Grimes was curious and asked a few Master Gardener trivia questions about how many hours other state Extension Master Gardener programs have contributed in 2012. So far 4 states commented and just those four have contributed 923,159 volunteer hours equalling nearly 20 million dollars (see the comments section for the math)!
- As you can see, the word biochar is big in the word cloud above. Lynne Hagen, provided a comprehensive year two update from the CenUSA Extension Master Gardener Biochar Demonstration Gardens. Don’t miss out on her explanation of the surprises Extension Master Gardener Volunteers have encountered, and some of the questions they are seeking to learn as citizen scientists.
- Sylvia Hacker shared about Sandoval County New Mexico’s Seed2Need program. If you didn’t catch this post the first time, don’t miss out on the video that explains how this project came to be.
- Great ideas can be learned through a few photos. Take a quick look at the photos Mary-Jean Grimes captured during the Washington Grays Harbor-Pacific Counties Sustainable Garden Tour. The signage you seen in the photo below highlights what kind of sustainable principles were emphasized at various stops in the tour.
- On a personal note, one of my favorite ways to learn science is through art and humor. Debbie Courson-Smith shared some lessons learned from her experience last summer with misshapen potatoes formed during hot and dry spells. Not only did her post emphasize the importance of providing a steady supply of water to potatoes (which can be hard to do in extreme heat and drought), but I also learned a bit more about how potatoes grow.
- Connie Schulz piqued our interest in moths as pollinators and in National Moth Week! These creatures are often over looked, but not on our Facebook page this July. Over 50 other pages shared the photos of some amazing moth specimens - encouraging me, and I think quite a few others, to think about the role they play in nature.
Gardening Webinars and Online Courses
Last, but not least, there have been some Webinars and online courses that might interest you. What’s coming up or available this month?
- Management of Tree Squirrel Webinar (August 16 @ 12 pm eastern time). The recording will be available via the same link.
- Growing Squash, Cucumber, and Pumpkins with IPM for Home Gardeners (Webinar recording is available for a limited time)
- Green Roofs Design, Install, and Management (non-credit, online course) - Starts September 3, 2013.
- Intermediate Digital Photography Online – Starts September 9, 2013
Looking for more? View our Pinterest Gardening Webinars and Online Courses board.
Stay tuned for next month’s update. Until then, what kind of gardening observations or events in your Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program are on your mind?
Let us know! Find us in the following spaces:
Here – Extension Master Gardener Blog: http://blogs.extension.org/mastergardener/
Linda Brandon, Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator
NC Cooperative Extension/Guilford County Center
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