2019 International MG Conference ‘Dig into Our Roots’

 by Leo Lubke,  IMGC Committee What better way for MGs to ‘dig into their roots’, both horticulturally and historically, that to attend the 2019 International Master Gardener Conference at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The planning of this biennial event has been years in the making and is sure to meet Master Gardeners’ diverse interests and needs. The focus of this conference from… Read more »

Cutworms

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Have you ever put out your transplants and the very next day you go out to check on them and they are mowed down by some unseen creature? It’s something all gardeners face one time or another. Here is the culprit: Cutworms . They are plump, smooth-skinned, greasy- looking caterpillars up to one inch long and they often are found… Read more »

New Web-only UT Soil and Potting Mix Test Report Publications

Two new web-only publications are available on the UT Extension publications site: W 804-A Getting the Most Out of Your Home Vegetable Garden Soil Test Report W 804-B Getting the Most Out of Your Raised Bed or Potting Mix Test Report For more information about these publications, contact Natalie Bumgarner in the Dept. of Plant Sciences.  

Creating a Moss Labyrinth

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by Pat Butler With limited relatively flat ground, we managed to create the labyrinth with just enough width for walking and added a stump for sitting.  We began it 3 years ago, collecting moss from our yard and from friends with wooded and wild areas.  One Bradford Pear did not survive the gentle grass removal and we have replaced it… Read more »

The Tater Tree Project by Pam Barron

Pam and Larry Barron loved the very old, large cherry tree in their back yard. The piece of barbed wire fence through the middle of it gave the tree extra character. But one night after dark, the tree dropped a very large limb into their yard, barely missing their neighbor’s fence. That was when they first realized the tree was… Read more »

Cuttings, Your Pathway to Plant Propagation by Roger Simpson*

Knowing how to propagate plants from cuttings is one of the most useful skills anyone interested in plants can have. With it, a gardener gains the ability to grow plants without any cost except time and effort. The advantages of taking cuttings are many; it is cheap and convenient, large plants are much quicker to get from cuttings than from… Read more »

Black Medic

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by Colette Mancke Have you ever wondered if that weed you are looking at is a clover plant? At first it appears like clover with 3 leaves but it spreads all over and has yellow flowers. It is called Black Medic (Medicago lupulina). It often colonizes dry infertile spots or areas of soil compaction where little else will grow. At first… Read more »

Gardener’s “APRIL” To-Do-List

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By: Lee Gray, Sevier Co. Master Gardener IMPORTANT – Begin to prepare the plants that you are going to donate for the annual Master Gardener Plant  Sale on April 21st. Plants in Flower Crabapple, Carolina Silverbell, Dogwood, Redbud, Flowering Cherry, Viburnum, Pearlbush, Lilac, Carolina Rhododendron, Sweet Shrub, Piedmont Azalea, Loropetalum, Exbury Azalea, Spirea, Pieris, Evergreen Azaleas, Kerria (Easter Rose), Drooping… Read more »

The Weather Rock by Jack Bailey-5/8/2018

5/08/2018 The Weather Rock Greetings from the Weather Rock!  After what I posted last month, especially to those of you who never heard of The Weather Rock before, I want to explain some things….but first a bit about the next month’s weather…. If you recall in last month’s report, it was said, that the coolness of April, would run well… Read more »