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Dirt, rolly-pollies part of award-winning gardening program

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resources

kids explore dirt, worms, insectsSPOKANE, Wash. – Worms and rolly-pollies work great at getting kids interested in gardening, and digging for these critters in a box of dirt is a big hit. » More …

Master Gardeners honor Lowe’s store volunteers

By Seth Trucott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

PASCO, Wash. – Staff from the Pasco Lowe’s store built and installed nearly 100 community garden beds to help feed local families, and the Master Gardeners of Benton and Franklin counties recently saluted their efforts with the 2016 Volunteer of the Year award. » More …

Sept. 11: 9/11 ceremony honors WWI veterans

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

Sundance-at-memorial-80MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Veterans will be honored and the 100th anniversary of World War I commemorated at a public ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in the Discovery Garden at Washington State University Mount Vernon, 16650 State Route 536 (Memorial Highway). » More …

Organic gardens may yield more nutrients

PULLMAN – One of the hottest trends in gardening today is organic gardening which relies on natural processes to grow plants. There is now a growing consensus among scientists that organically grown fruits and vegetables may contain higher levels of nutrients than conventionally grown produce.

“Organic gardening is experiencing a surge in interest,” said Tonie Fitzgerald, state Master Gardener program leader for WSU Extension, “and there is more information about doing it correctly.”

Master Gardeners are university-trained volunteer educators who answer garden-related questions, teach gardening classes, and manage demonstration gardens on behalf of county extension offices across the state.

There is no question that organic … » More …

Experts offer multilevel bug defense

 


Photo: WSU Spokane Extension Master Gardeners Levi Strauss, left, Wayne Green and Brigitta ozefowski discuss a strategy for dealing with a caterpillar outbreak. (Photo courtesy of WSU Extension Spokane)


 


By Robert Frank, WSU Today

 

Spiders and beetles and flies. Oh my!

 

Eggs and bugs in my food! Oh yuk!

 

‘Tis fall, and along with a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables, the autumn temperatures also can usher in a multitude of bugs and critters. These insects thrive in the surrounding fields, trees, soil and grass, … » More …

WSU Master Gardeners honor veteran volunteers

Among them, they’ve donated thousands of volunteer hours and have answered just as many questions about every bug and blight known to Washington state gardening.WSU Extension Master Gardeners honored four members, each with more than 20 years of experience in the program, at its conference on the Pullman campus this week. Marilyn Tilbury of Seattle, Mary Boston of Olympia, Becky Stinson of Anacortes and Mary Fran Fryer of Chehalis were among nearly 200 Master Gardeners from throughout the state attending the annual event.”It’s interesting to see how people approach their gardening problems,” said Tilbury. “In general, men are more into their grass. The women seem … » More …

Master Gardener’s gather in Tri­Cities Oct. 3 – 5

Several hundred Master Gardeners from throughout Washington State will gather in the Tri­-Cities in early October for the annual Advanced Training Conference and workshop sessions.”There#s an exciting lineup of speakers and presentations,” says Ron Kathren, retired WSU Tri­Cities faculty member who is helping coordinate the sessions here. “We#ll have a rose expert, a session on home wine making, one on plants in medicine, a presentation called #Beautiful Plant Marriages and the Lazy Gardener,# and another on the botanical discoveries of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.”The sessions open Thursday, Oct. 5, and run through Saturday, Oct. 8. Most are scheduled in the CIC Building of the … » More …