Posts Tagged ‘Master Gardener Class’

Master Gardener Class – February 20

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Hi All,

Wow did we have a great field trip yesterday!

Our host was terrific and I hope it was a great learning experience for all for something you to can do in your garden if you choose. The weather was great and we were expert at navigating the “goat trails” throw the snow. At least we had soft landings for falls :)

Since several people asked – here is a link to the Johnny’s Vent Arm that opens and closes vents based on temperature sensing (without power). Farm Tech also sells a similar vent arm. The current $49 price at Johnny’s is the lowest I have seen it.

As a reminder the kits and other small four season moveable greenhouse resources can be found via the links on page 4 of the Winter Greens Moveable Greenhouse posed last week.

Yesterday a researcher on mycorrhizal fungi shared with me this 2-minute video titled “Underground Market” that is a terrific animation on the mutually beneficial relationship between the fungi and plants. You will really enjoy viewing this.

February 27 – Botany Part II and Weed Management

Readings:

Review the botany chapter you covered 2 weeks ago: How Plants Grow paying particular attention to the sections on Roots; Leaves; Stems; Water; and Photosynthesis, Respiration, and Transpiration.

Weed Management: From your manual review:

Weeds in the Home Vegetable Garden

Weed Management in Small Fruits

Also please review the New Jersey Weed Gallery and find your favorite or worst nightmare weeds.

Ask yourself and explore:

Is this weed an annual, biennial or perennial, how would I use this information in controlling this weed, and what other information I can learn from how this plant grows that would assist me in a weed control strategy?

 No Quiz This Week – I will be giving you your first take home open book review in class this coming week. You will have two weeks to complete it and get it back to me. You may work together with classmates on completing the review.

 

 

 

Master Gardener Class – February 13

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Hi All,

Thank you all for coming to class yesterday and going home in the beginnings of light snow which quickly changed later to heavy. I hope everyone got home safe and sound, and for those of you who stayed home you made the right choice.

Here is the Herb Planting Medium Recipe from Amy Witt:
  • 2 parts sterilized potting soil
  • 1 part coarse sand or perlite
  • 1 teaspoon of lime per 5″ pot

Winter Greens Field Trip – February 20 Class

Meet at the farm at 9:00 AM, please commute with fellow MGs who live nearby if you can.

Location: Winter Cherry Farm – 205 River Road, Biddeford Maine. The farm is down a dirt drive, park down by the barn or along the driveway if there is room. Dress for the Outdoors.

Brent Peters of Winter Cherry Farm has been growing winter greens on his small farm for the past 5 years. He now has 7 small moveable greenhouse which he uses to grow winter greens and then rotates them to a spring and then summer location for other crops. Each house moves (crop rotates) 3 times a year. These are low tech inexpensive designs that are sure to spark your interest. Cooperative Extension has a bender for bending electrical conduit pipe which can be used to make your own design.

Readings:

Winter Greens Moveable Greenhouse Is a design we made for our workshop at Laudholm Farm last Fall. Take a look and remember you can borrow our bender and some advice if you decide to build one. 

A Garden For All Seasons - Article written by Maine’s Eliot Coleman in 2000, covers all the basics for planting, maintaining and feasting on winter greens

Quiz

Quiz 3 – Herbs and Botany Part I (word)

Quiz 3 – Herbs and Botany Part I (pdf)

 

Master Gardener Class – February 6

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Good job yesterday getting through the two weeks of soils classes and readings. Now it’s on to Botany and Herbs Next Week!

Homework for Next Week

Web Soil Survey

Use this website: Web Soil Survey

This is a bit of a challenge task as it web-based, please have fun with it and do the best you can!

Choose any area you wish to learn about – your home and garden, a nearby farm or any other land.

  • Initiate the survey by going to the address line and type in the address of your farm or a farm you would like to know more about. Hint: If the town is a subset of another town like Lyman is of Alfred, you may have to type in Alfred to get the farm located.
  • Click “View” after you type in the address and that will take you to a big map.
  • Use the 5-sided tool called AOI (area of interest) at the top of the web page. Click carefully, one click at a time to outline the field(s) you wish to know more about. If you make a mistake, which is easy to do, use the arrow key to go back – it takes a few seconds.
  • Now you should get a map with an area of blue lines drawn around the field(s) you highlighted.
  • Next click on the tab called Soil Data Explorer. You will get a map with codes for the soil type(s) on the map.
  • Now click on the tab called Shopping Cart (Free). Then hit Check Out and then Get Now. This will generate a multiple page document.

Once you generate a report that show’s the soil types for the area you are researching, please view this table where you can get more information on each soil classification:

York County Soil and Cropland Interpretations

You may wish to save this as a PDF file. Then you could save it to your computer and share the report via e-mail or any way you choose.

Have fun with it, and if you get stuck, feel free to give me or Sue a call and we can work on it with you.

Readings for this week

Herbs:

Visit this Penn State Herb link  and this Herb Society Beginners Herb Guide (PDF) you don’t have to read about every herb, but browse these two links and familiarize yourself with herbs that interest you.

Botany:

In your manual’s Botany Chapter please review the sections on:

How Plants Grow: This section is extensive, you are not expected to read it all this week. Please review each section quickly to familiarize yourself with the resources there, then go back and read the sections that interest you most.

Also familiarize yourself with this UConn Plant Database — try searching by both Latin and Common names. Look up some of your favorite ornamental trees, shrubs or vines.

Please review this fact sheet: How Plants are Named

Quiz

Quiz 2 (Word)

Quiz 2 (PDF)

See you Thursday morning for our class on Botany Part I and Growing Herbs in Maine!

 

Master Gardener Class – January 30, 2014

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Hi All,

I thought we had a great class yesterday and that we are off to a good start on soils.  Next week (February 6) we will continue with our soils learning and focus on Nutrients for Plant Growth, Cover Cropping, Soil Testing and the Web Soil Survey to learn about soils close to you. We will also spend the last section of our class on Home Composting.

Homework – Readings For This Week

Please re-read:

Chapter 2, Organic Matter: What It Is And Why It Is So Important (Pages 9-21) in Building Soils for better Crops

Soil and Plant Nutrition a Gardeners Perspective

Measurement Conversion Chart and pH Preference Table (pdf)

Measurement Conversion Chart and pH Preference Table (pdf)

New readings for this week

Using Green Manures – MOFGA Fact Sheet

How Compost Happens 

Home Composting 

Quiz

Quiz 1 (Orientation, Seed Starting, Soils I., Worm Compost). (word)

Quiz 1 (Orientation, Seed Starting, Soils I., Worm Compost). (pdf)

Master Gardener Class – January 23, 2014

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Welcome Master Gardener Class of 2014!

It was a pleasure to meet you all in our first class yesterday and to hear from you about your knowledge and passion for programs and sharing information.

I am sorry that we ran a bit short on time with the seed starting presentation. I plan to begin next weeks class with questions and to go over the seed starting chart and how to make newspaper pots before we start our soils part I class and worm composting. 

Here is a YouTube Video on building the stand I did a few years back:

Plans for Building the Wood Seed Starting Stand (word)

Plans for Building the Wood Seed Starting Stand (pdf)

PVC Seed Starting Stand (word)

PVC Seed Starting Stand (pdf)

Homework and Manual

Each week I will post the readings for the upcoming class. Much of this will come from the online manual. Here is a link to it, you may wish to bookmark this page:

Master Gardener Online Manual

Soils Homework:

Please read Chapter 1 Healthy Soils and Chapter 2, Organic Matter: What It Is And Why It Is So Important in Building Soils for better Crops

Familiarize yourself with the Soils Chapter of your Online Manual and in particular review:

Soil and Plant Nutrition a Gardeners Perspective

Soil Organic Matter

Measurement Conversion Chart and pH Preference Table (pdf)

Worm Compost Readings

A couple of worm composting fact sheets to review in advance of our next class:

Composting with Worms (Word)
Composting with Worm (PDF)
Worm Composting (Word)
Worm Composting (PDF)

That’s enough for week 1, see you Thursday!