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The Master Gardener

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02/01/2007 - February calendar

Prune deciduous shrubs and trees and summer flowering woody plants.

When days are warm water trees and shrubs, especially evergreens.

Start cool season transplants indoors.

"Leaf" through nursery catalogs and make plans for landscape and home orchard additions. Order plants early for best selection. Send for seed catalogs for the garden.

Sketch your garden plans on paper, including what to grow, spacing, arrangement and number of plants needed.

Keep holiday poinsettias and other plants near a bright window. Water as top of soil becomes dry.

Increase humidity around houseplants by grouping plants together, placing them on a pebble-water tray or running a humidifier.

Check stored produce and tender flower bulbs and roots for rot, shriveling or excess moisture. Remove and discard damaged material.

Repot houseplants as they outgrow current pots.

Calling all gardening enthusiasts, would you like to become a Natrona County Master Gardener?

A question that often arises in my conversations with gardeners is "So, what does it take to become a Master Gardener?" Many people believe that Master Gardeners must be walking gardening encyclopedias and that puts some level of fear in people who might otherwise take a good basic level gardening course. Master Gardeners are local gardeners who have taken classes from University Cooperative Extension Service (CES) staff and are willing to volunteer time back to their communities. Many Master Gardeners were long time gardeners before they took the training classes; having years of experience working the soil before the urge to learn more hit them. Some Master Gardeners are young gardeners who didn't know where to start and knew they needed some help when they wandered into a local CES office. Still others learned to garden elsewhere in the country and need to adapt their gardening practices to a new climate, new soil condition or a different growing season. Whatever the reason each trainee decides to become a Master Gardener, they gain basic gardening skills and learn how and where to research more difficult questions. The whole idea is to begin a life long learning process as interested volunteers.

So, if you are an interested gardener contact the Natrona County CES office, for information about becoming a Natrona County Master Gardener, contact us at 235-9400 or stop by 2011 Fairgrounds Road.

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