COLUMBIA, Mo. – A new session of online core training to become a certified Master Gardener begins Jan. 22.
“The motto of the Master Gardener program is ‘Helping others learn to grow,’” said David Trinklein, state horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension.
The popularity of the online classes has grown steadily since MU Extension began offering them in 2013. In the past, some people had to travel many miles to attend Master Gardener classes.
“These classes represent a viable option for people who can’t take the weekly classes in person,” Trinklein said.
Trinklein and MU Extension regional horticulture specialist Sarah Denkler teach the 14 online sessions. Classes are delivered as a series of scripted and narrated PowerPoint presentations. To pass the course, participants need a composite score of 70 percent on chapter quizzes.
Living Christmas trees are those that are sold to be used for indoor decoration during the holiday season and planted outdoors later, to add beauty to the landscape for many years to come. At this time of the year, many nurseries and garden centers have species of evergreen trees suitable for the Midwest growing either in containers or "balled-and-burlapped" for use as living Christmas trees.
Unfortunately, unless a living Christmas tree is handled properly, it likely will experience the same ultimate fate as a cut tree. Since living trees are more expensive than cut trees, improper handling results in a waste of money. However, with appropriate care, the added cost of a living tree can be amortized over years of time as it provides beauty to the home landscape.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – If a little is good, a lot must be better.
All too often, that’s the approach home gardeners take when plants and flowers don’t do well, says University of Missouri Extension soil scientist Manjula Nathan.
Trying to improve flower beds and vegetable gardens by adding more fertilizer and topsoil may be a waste of money. It also can be bad for the environment because excess nutrients often leach into water supplies.
A soil test through the University of Missouri’s Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory can save home gardeners money and trouble by revealing just what their soil needs, Nathan says.