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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