Master Gardener Update

July 25, 2019
12:15pm to 3:30pm

Join your fellow Master Gardeners for an afternoon of learning!

12:15 pm                 Registration/Check-in

12:45-1:30 PM   Soil Organic Matter, Carbon and Biodiversity for Gardeners

    • This presentation will highlight the importance of soil and its proper care as it relates to our food security. We'll discuss the importance of maintaining soil organic matter and soil carbon in terms of enhancing soil aggregation, water holding capacity, nutrient cycling, and overall soil fertility. The interdependence of the soil, the plant, and the environment in our farm and garden systems will also be addressed. Presented by Don Reicosky, Retired Soil Scientist, USDA-ARS Soils Lab, Morris.

1:45-2:30 PM   Enemy at the Gates: What You Need to Know About Emerald Ash Borer

    • Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is now found in 18 Minnesota counties, including Stearns County. Can you answer the questions that you will inevitably receive on EAB? In this program, we will learn the importance of EAB, how to identify this invasive insect and the symptoms of infested trees, how to minimize spreading it, and the options property owners have for dealing with their ash. There will also be EAB specimens and EAB infested ash wood samples to examine. Presented by Jeff Hahn, Extension Entomologist, University of Minnesota Extension.

2:45-3:30 PM   Managing Vertebrate Pests in Your Yard and Garden

    • Are you curious what is snacking on your favorite garden plants, or what the source of that noise is in your attic? John Loegering will help you identify common vertebrate pests in residential settings and devise management actions to counter these problems. Bring photographs (preferably electronic) of specific damage, or email Loegering preceding the session. Presented by John Loegering, Professor and Wildlife Specialist, University of Minnesota, Crookston.


Deadline to register is July 18.

Register online, or by contacting Nancy White at 320-208-6575 or at


$10.00 - includes sessions, coffee, water, light refreshments. No lunch provided. Go "green" and bring your own cup!