Archive: Educational Materials from Events
This is the archive of handouts and presentations from educational events held at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) in Morris. Most materials are posted as PDFs.
The Scoop on Soils: Choosing the Proper Growing Media for Containers (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held February 19, 2020
A discussion of what a high quality growing media consists of, the science behind it, and how to tell the difference between high and low quality products at the store. Tips provided as to how to keep container plants healthy and productive throughout the whole growing season through fertilizing, watering and disease control. Presented by Nate Dalman, Horticulture Researcher at the WCROC. View his presentation (YouTube) and handout (PDF).
Make Your Landscape a Haven for Birds (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held November 20, 2019
Tips for plant selection, landscape design, yard maintenance, and supplemental feeding were all presented by Dr. Margaret Kuchenreuther, biologist at the University of Minnesota Morris. Hand-out.
What's Happening to our Evergreen Trees? (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held October 16, 2019
What are the best types of trees to plant in the Upper Midwest? Why do some conifers and/or evergreens look like they are dead or sick? Dr. John Ball, Forest Health Specialist with South Dakota State University provides his recommendations and tips for growing healthy conifers. View his presentation (YouTube). Hand-out.
Fresh Flavors of the Garden: Cooking with Your Produce (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held September 18, 2019
New flavors, ideas and methods to make delicious use of your abundant garden produce. Presented by Mary Jo Forbord, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist. Stir Fry Sauces.
Held July 25, 2019
Not all presentations included a handout, but those with a handout, a copy is available below (PDF):
- Vines of All Kinds (Mike Heger)
- Holy Hostas Batman! (Jean's The Right Plant Place)
- Containers for All Seasons (Heidi Heiland)
- Common Vertebrate Pests (John Loegering)
Midwest Farm Energy Conference
Held July 10-11, 2019
Showcasing optimized cost-effective energy systems for dairy, swine, and crop production. View power points and presentations here.
Grafting Apple Trees (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held April 17, 2019
The how, the why, and when to graft. David Vaske, owner and operator of Miltona Greenhouses, talks all things grafting. View his powerpoint (PDF).
Growing Perennial Vegetables (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held March 20, 2019
Perennial vegetables like asparagus and garlic provide delicious, high value rewards with less maintenance during the peak vegetable gardening season. Annie Klodd, U of MN Extension Educator, talks about how to plant, manage, and harvest these unique crops. Watch the video presentation (YouTube). Handout.
Extend the Growing Season with Plastic Culture (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held January 16, 2019
Extend the growing season with the use of plastic mulch, which works best for heat-loving annual vegetables and fruits such as tomatoes, peppers, vine crops, and strawberries. Steve Poppe, WCROC Horticulturist, covers water conservation, weed, reduction, biodegradable mulches, how to install a low tunnel, and much more. Watch the video presentation (YouTube)
Maintaining your Evergreen Trees (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held October 17, 2018
Identify 25 conifer cultivars, and get ideas on how to develop a conifer garden as well as planting, pruning, fertilization, and winter protection. Presented by Sharon Quale, Master Gardener. Video.
Summer Bulbs (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held September 19, 2018
Proper planting, growing requirements, fall digging, and proper winter storage of your favorite bulbs. Presented by Bernie Angus, Master Gardener. Handout.
Pruning Apple Trees (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held April 18, 2018
This hands-on pruning class covered the basics of why we need to prune our fruit trees, the best tools for pruning, proper pruning techniques, and the best time of year to tackle the task. Presented by Joel Kangas, owner of Good to Grow Trees in Brandon, MN. Handout.
Vegetable Gardening MN: Things You Need to Know (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held March 21, 2018
Tips on selecting the right garden location, how to sow vegetable seeds, interplanting crops to reduces pests, weed management, growing tomatoes in containers, and much more! Presented by Steve Poppe, Horticulture Scientist at the WCROC. Handout.
Soil Health: Starting from the Ground Up (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held February 21, 2018
Learn how gardening activities, such as adding organic matter, planting diversity and rotations, and tilling, effect your soil and the invisible life below ground. Presented by Dr. Joe Storlien, Professor of Environmental Studies at St. John's University and a U of MN Extension Master Gardener. Watch video of his presentation (YouTube), and follow along with his handout.
Native Plants for the Landscape (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held January 17, 2018
Mary Holm with Morning Sky Greenery presented on native plants and which ones are best to use in your landscape. Watch video of her presentation (YouTube)
Caring for your Trees (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held November 15, 2017
Dr. John Ball, Forestry Health Specialist, provided helpful information on how to best prepare your trees and shrubs for the winter months. Watch video of his presentation (YouTube)
Creating a Butterfly Garden (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held October 18, 2017
Learn how to make your garden a magnet for butterflies by including appropriate larval host plants and nectaring flowers as food sources. Presented by Dr. Margaret Kuchenreuther, U of MN Morris. Top Butterfly Nectar Flowers and Butterfly Garden Resources
Fall Lawn Care (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held August 16, 2017
Lawn maintenance, fertilization, and species selection presented by Sam Bauer, U of MN Extension. View his power point.
Midwest Farm Energy Conference
Held June 13-14, 2017
Showcasing optimized cost-effective energy systems for dairy and swine production. View power points and presentations here.
Drip Irrigation for the Backyard Gardener (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held May 17, 2017
Hands-on demonstration of the basic components and options of drip irrigation for flower beds, vegetable gardens, and container plantings. Presented by Jerry Wright, retired U of MN Extension Engineer. Hand-out.
Top Performing Perennials (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held April 19, 2017
Mike Heger, expert on gardening in cold climates, presented on the top performing perennials for MN. Mike provided several possible plants that have proven their reliability for northern landscapes. View his presentation (YouTube).
Vegetable Gardening: 301 (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held March 15, 2017
Take your vegetable gardening skills to the next level with our in-depth 301 vegetable growing strategies class. Class covered cultural practices, growing fall crops, succession planting, and growing tomatoes, onions, carrots, peas and melons. Presented by Steve Poppe, WCROC horticulturist. View a PDF of his power point presentation. Watch the video recording of Steve's presentation.
Growing Good Apples (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held February 15, 2017
From pruning, to pest control, to variety selection, and winter prep, Joel Kangas of Good to Grow covered it all in "Growing Good Apples." Handouts.
Creating Curb Appeal
Held January 18, 2017
Learn a few key design tips and get ideas to create you own attractive curb appeal. Presented by Beth Berlin, U of MN Extension. Handout.
Cold Hardy Grapes for Winemaking (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held April 20, 2016
This class focused on growing grapes in West Central Minnesota that are hardy for the area and can produce excellent wine. Included suitable varieties, site selection, management and care of the vineyard, and challenges growers will likely face if considering this hobby or business. Presented by Florian Ledermann of Burr Vineyards, Brandon MN. View his power point.
Starting Seeds Indoors (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held March 16, 2016
Learn seed starting from a pro! Successful tips on starting your seeds indoors, and a few strategies for how to properly transplant your new sprouts to an outdoor garden space. Presented by Tom Holm, WCROC Greenhouse Manager. Print off a copy of the handout. Watch the video recording of his presentation.
Vegetable Gardening 201 (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held February 17, 2016
Steve Poppe, Horticulture Scientist at the WCROC, presented successful vegetable gardening tips and growing techniques. View the video recording of his talk and follow along with the power point presentation.
Deck the Halls with Nature (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held November 18, 2015
Randee Hokanson, Stevens County Master Gardener, presented creative decorating ideas for fall and winter using elements from nature. View the video recording of her demonstration.
Hardy Shrubs (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held September 16, 2015
Create a Hummingbird Garden (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held August 19, 2015
Hummingbirds are brilliant, tiny, precision-flying creatures that glitter like jewels in the sun. Bernie Angus, WCROC Landscape Gardener, provided tips and variety suggestions for attracting them to your yard and landscape. Hummingbird Facts. Hummingbird Gardens.
Organic Dairy Day
Held August 11, 2015
Midwest Farm Energy Conference
Held June 17-19, 2015
Showcasing optimized cost-effective energy systems for dairy, swine, and crop production. View presentations here.
Low Input Lawn Care (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held on April 15, 2015
Stephanie Rutten-Ramos, Douglas County Master Gardener, presented ways to maintain a low input lawn. Topics included types of grasses for MN lawns, how to establish and maintain a healthy lawn, and low-maintenance planting options. View her presentation.
Backyard Composting (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held on March 18, 2015
Vegetable Gardening 201 (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held on February 18, 2015
Steve Poppe, Horticulture Scientist at the WCROC, presented practical tips for successful vegetable growing. The class covered types of mulch, good cultural practices, and suggested varieties. His powerpoint is available here.
Growing and Enjoying Alliums (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held on January 21, 2015
Carol Strong, a Douglas County Master Gardener, presented an overview of the allium family with an emphasis on garlic, onions, leeks and shallots. Her handouts may be viewed here.
2014 Annual Flower Trial: Top Performers
Held on January 14-16, 2015 at the Mpls Convention Center
Each year, hundreds of cultivars are trialed at the WCROC. Only the top performers earn the distinction as a Top Ten Performer. Results from this trial were shared at Northern Green Expo in Minneapolis, MN. Mary Meyer, Professor in the Department of Horticultural Science at the U of MN presented. View the handout (PDF).
Lilies: Jewels of the Garden (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held on April 30, 2014
Barbara Ronningen, representing the North American Lily Society, shared how to use lilies in the landscape, along with varieties suitable for Minnesota climates. View the Martagon Lily handout (PDF), or Tips on Growing Lilies (PDF).
Vegetable Gardening 101 (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held on February 19, 2014
Information on successfully growing warm-season crops, such as sweet corn, green beans and peppers, was the focus of this class, presented by Steve Poppe, horticulture scientist at the WCROC. View the Powerpoint presentation (PDF).
Plants for Pollinators (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held on January 15, 2014
Steve Poppe, horticulture scientist at the WCROC, discussed the current state of native pollinators in our area and offered tips on how we can help. View the Powerpoint presentation. (PDF)
* Educational materials will be posted when available.