Captivated by Fall
To no one’s surprise, “fall” was definitely the theme on the blog this month. It seems we were captivated by autumn splendor. In some, but not all, areas of the country, this means the change in the amount and quality of daylight, with foliage and fruit shifting from shades of green to brilliant shades of yellow, orange, red, and burgundy. But it’s not just colors that take the stage, we also see unique textures in seeds and structures of plants that dazzle us in autumn.
Of course, this fall wasn’t all about the scenery; Extension Master Gardeners had work to do, bugs to identify, and events to attend!
Extension Master Gardeners Talk About Fall Clean Up
This month on one Wordless Wednesday, we witnessed UNL’s Landscape Management class’s fall clean up project, just prior to them removing diseased or weedy plant materials.
We also discussed fall gardening chores Extension Master Gardeners were accomplishing across the U.S. on our Facebook page. With so much to do, keeping a manageable garden list, as Carla Albright suggests, can be a clever thing to do (especially when you alternate which muscle groups do each chore!).
Extension Master Gardeners Report on Fall Bugs and Insects
- Halloween’s (Almost) Wordless Wednesday, the ‘Body Invaders‘ video, was a “scary” thrill for gardeners who also happen to appreciate beneficial parasitic wasps. This video came about as a resource to help a recent community garden ID and understand an ‘unknown’ but beneficial insect in their garden.
- Master Gardeners Report on Nuisance Bugs in Homes and Buildings This Fall. This month we covered several nuisance bugs that are common fall offenders for much of the U.S. These reports included familiar, newer, and unique nuisance bugs/insects.
Catching Up: A Few of October’s Noteworthy Events and Updates
- This month your Extension Master Gardener group might have submitted a Search for Excellence application by November 1 for a project that is to be awarded at the International Master Gardener Conference in 2013. If you did, we’ll look forward to hearing about all your award winning projects here next fall!
- Don’t you wish you could go to Monticello? Well WVU extension agent, John Porter, did his best to share his recent experience at the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello, Celebrating Food and Gardening at Thomas Jefferson’s historic estate. Looks like there are some noteworthy volunteer opportunities to explore — maybe even a reason to make a trip next year?!
- Cornell plant pathologist Meg McGrath gave us an update on tracking Basil Downy Mildew – enemy #1 . Twenty-six states have reported it! Were you one of those reporters? If not, and if you are still growing basil this fall, Meg is still looking for samples and reports.
- An Emerald Ash Borer Halloween Costume?! This was a hit on our Facebook page from Don’t Move Firewood.org. What kind of impact could we have if we all dressed up as our most formidable insect pest and handed out information about how to keep it at bay?
- Hurricane Sandy – We found several helpful Extension resources via Twitter for dealing with storm damaged landscapes during Sandy’s aftermath (see Twitter links below). Please let us know if you have other helpful resources we should know about or pass along. You may want to consider following these Twitter accounts for future updates.
Some good advice for folks with storm damaged trees: fb.me/2ncvYkqZa
— UMD Home&Garden Info (@UMDHGIC) October 31, 2012
What is appropriate cleanup attire following a storm? After adjusting to the shock and devastation of a disaster… bit.ly/W3Lvfm
— EDEN(@EDENtweets) October 30, 2012
— UDAgNaturalResources (@UDcanr) October 31, 2012
What about You?
What did you notice or do in the garden this month? Leave a comment and let us know what you or your Extension Master Gardener program have been up to… OR, do you have a story about something you are doing or seeing in your Extension Master Gardener program? Would you like to share in a future blog post? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org about a topic or event you’d like considered for a blog post. We’ll work with you to help schedule and post it.
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Linda Brandon, Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator
NC Cooperative Extension/Guilford County Center