Happy Thanksgiving, from Emma and Nate at the Education Center in Goffstown. This Thanksgiving, we’re grateful for our dedicated and passionate Master Gardeners, who staff the Info Line and help people across New Hampshire everyday. What are you grateful for?
We are celebrating the URI Master Gardeners today for another great season out at Prescott Farm! Because of their hard work, we were able to donate approximately 675 pounds of produce to Lucy's Hearth this year! Pictured is Master Gardener, Dermot Hayes, harvesting garlic to share with friends in the community.
What are you thankful for? We are giving thanks for gardening this year! Sandra Mason's article can give you a glimpse of a gardener's gratitude list, "The smell of freshly turned soil on a warm March day."
The Master Gardeners of Billings are such an amazing organization and they graciously put on lots of wonderful programs at the library. Last week they came and did a program on dried flower arranging for kids.
One of the participants is shown here with his awesome dried flower arrangement! This 6 year old was so excited when he heard about the program that he wanted to sign up right away. Thank you, Master Gardeners, for another great event! 🌺💐🌼 #billingsmt#billingslibrary#billingspubliclibrary#mastergardeners#mtlibraries
Don't forget about your garden friends this #winter ! Gardeners can find joy in feeding #birds throughout the winter. Read up on what bird seeds work well in this article by Sandra Mason. #MasterGardeners
This is a great time of year to get to work removing invasive woody trees and shrubs from your landscape.
1. Cut invasive plants to the ground
2. Apply a recommended herbicide to the bark or cut-stump
Pictured: Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus)
Common invasive woody plants in New Hampshire: : Norway maple (Acer platanoides), Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima), Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii), European barberry (Berberis vulgaris), Autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata), Tartanian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica), Common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), and Glossy buckthorn (Ramnus frangula). For more information and recommendations, review these management guidelines from the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture:
https://www.agriculture.nh.gov/publications-forms/documents/integrated-pest-management-woody-plants.pdf and this species guide: https://www.agriculture.nh.gov/publications-forms/documents/upland-invasive-species.pdf
Thank you for an awesome opportunity to help cultivate some great changes in this community of Long Beach! We are thrilled to serve this yummy harvest dinner, and can not wait to meet all of the residents in District 9, Namaste friends!🥕🕉🌱
I'm also super excited to have @rexrichardson try my roasted pumpkin, cauliflower, carrot, cumin w/ roasted seeds on top & a few sprouts, SOUP as well. 😋🥘❤ eeeeek! #gratitude#soup#vicemayorrexrichardson#district9#harvestdinner
Friends, it is that time of year again. We have rooted in the garden all summer and now is the downtime between the gardening season and the arrival of seed catalogs. Don't plant yourself in the recliner just yet, make sure to clean your tools and store away gardening equipment properly. You can read up on how to keep your tools in good shape in this article by Sandra Mason.
Lovely yellow roses from the garden of one our DCMGA members—a pretty complement to the still vibrant Mealy Blue Sage (Salvia farinacea). They’re thriving despite the current hot today/cold tomorrow North Central Texas weather. Who says the garden goes dormant in November?
What’s blooming in your garden?
📷 Creds: DCMGA Member Kathryn Wells
An award-winning Blackjack Oak in Flower Mound’s Cross Timbers Conservation District lives on the property of one of our #DCMGA members.
Check out the story on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DentonMasterGardeners/posts/1956532384387416.
There's still time to protect your landscape from harsh winter weather and all that comes with it. This is the first of several posts on common challenges for New Hampshire homeowners and what you can do right now to protect your landscape from costly damage.
Part 1: Voles
Challenge: Once there is snow on the ground, voles can cause a tremendous amount of damage to newly planted trees and shrubs by feeding on the roots and bark or girdling woody plants.
a) Eliminate the weeds, ground cover, and leaf litter immediately surrounding the base of your trees.
b) Place guards around the base of your trees to prevent girdling. Form a cylinder of galvanized hardware cloth (1/4'') around the trunk, leaving room for ~5 years of growth.
c) If you do see damage to your plants from animals, give the Info Line a call and we'll help you identify the animal and come up with solutions.
For information on pesky winter critters, consult this fact sheet by Margaret Hagen, Extension Agriculture Resources Educator
This beautiful mural 👩🏻🎨 overlooks one of the gardens maintained by the Master Gardeners here in Virginia Beach. I am finishing my classes this week and graduate from trainee to intern. I have to get in 50 hours of volunteering to graduate to full Master Gardener. It’s incredibly intense and interesting and eye opening. It’s all a ton more complicated than I ever imagined. Hoping I get to work in this garden space when it all settles out. It’s close to home and has everything I am most passionate about when it comes to gardens and wildlife. 🦊🌱
All our hard work and dedication in procuring, bagging, and delivering 3000 native tree saplings to area elementary schools really paid off in the delight of the third graders who received one (and a great education to go along with it!). 🌳
Many thanks to project manager Andie Milton, Dan & Barbara Prins, and our entire “Cool Shade for the Third Grade” team. Your great work really got to the root of what Arbor Day is all about!
(Photos courtesy of DCMGA members Phyllis Minton and Mary Morrow.)
Arbor Day is tomorrow (November 3rd), and DCMGA members have been busy bagging 3000 native tree saplings for distribution to area elementary schools on Friday.
Our “Cool Shade for the Third Grade” program educates students on the importance of trees, and, because each third grader receives a tree of their own to plant and care for, it helps reinforce individual investment in good land stewardship.
How are you observing and celebrating Arbor Day?
(Photos courtesy of DCMGA member Phyllis Pearson Minton.)
Yes yes another award 🥇 Thanks wonderful people !! The 3 #communitygarden representative #mastergardeners Anna, Marjorie and Marie-Christine all met for the first time (from all across #sydney ) and quickly exchanged details and networked like professionals they ❤️meeting the @dons_burke @grahamross_betterhomes @nevillepassmore2050 #changinglives#communitygreening#Repost @aust_institute_of_horticulture (@get_repost)
Congratulations to Phil @pettitt_phil and the Community Greening Team from Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust Sydney @rbgsydney on receiving the Award of Merit at the recent 57th Australian Institute of Horticulture Awards night #communitygreening
Love~Peas~ & Happiness❤🌱🌍 .
Thank you Farmers Rod and Adam @organicharvestgrdns & our parent volunteers, ❤♻️❤for sharing with the kids today, it was a blast!! 🌸🌺🌻 #redribbonweek#healthykids#gardening
Had an amazing day with Melissa @healinginheels instructing three periods of students at #naplesbaysideacademy on the importance of veggies in our diets! Thanks to @kellogggarden for their support! And principal Jeff Woods and all the teachers, parent volunteers and of course the Kids!!!
I'm so looking forward to spending some time with my friends @organicharvestgrdns teaching our kids at Naples Bayside Academy! 🌱🌿🥕 .
Gardening is an introduction of our Relationship to Nature and is the Source of Food. ♻️Educate🌳#healthykids#redribbonweek#garden#MotherNature