Archive for January 17, 2008

Master Gardeners

This post is from Linn County Master Gardener Claire Smith:

The holidays are over; your exercise program is already boring. You need something to look forward to.  Have you considered gardening?  Gardening is a summer job, you say?  Not necessarily.  Grab a seed catalog, your favorite snack, put your feet up and dream!   Don’t know where to start?  Welcome to the Iowa State University Linn County Master Gardeners!  We’re a group of men and women who have voluntarily completed a horticulture education training program and we’re dedicated and willing to share our knowledge with our community.

For example, an annual will grow and bloom only for one season where a perennial will grow and bloom (hopefully) for several seasons.  Once in awhile you’ll encounter a biennial.  Those plants flower every other year.

             Somebody said we’re in a zone.  That’s correct.  The United States is divided into areas—or zones—determined by weather conditions.  The Northern half of Linn County is in Zone 4 and the Southern half in Zone 5.  Purchase plants according to your respective zone.

            No equipment?  A good pair of gloves, a hat, a small spade and determination will let you create your master piece.

Still not convinced?  Have lots and lots of questions?  Master Gardeners  

provide several avenues to answer plant related questions.

*      Log on to this blog where we will routinely address a variety of  interesting topics.

*      Call the Horticulture Line at 319-447-0647 and visit one-on-one with a Master Gardener. (If we miss you, please leave a message.)  We willl return your call as soon as possible. 

*      Master Gardeners answer questions on Fridays at 11:50 A.M. on  KCRG.

*      Listen to WMT each Wednesday and Saturday. Wednesdays, 9:10-10:00 A.M. Saturdays, 7:10-8:00 A.M. for additional gardening advice and information.

            Look for future Master Gardener postings on a weekly basis on this blog.

           

                                     

                            

   

 

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Hello world!

Welcome! I am so excited to be doing this!! Homegrown is the blog version of a gardening column I wrote for The Gazette a few years ago, a reference to locally grown vegetables, fruits and flowers. First off, although I was born in the 1960s, I don’t consider myself a product of the ’60s, so if you’re looking for a less than legal “homegrown” substance, you’ve come to the wrong blog, dude. Everyone else, feel free to come back often – more will be added as we move into growing season – and please, offer your comments. I want to know what your interests are. I’m also thrilled to provide a forum for our Master Gardeners, who will be sharing their expertise, as well. Thanks for checking in. I look forward to hearing from you!

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