Category Archives: Master Gardeners

The Teaching Patch – New Beginnings

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Pam Barron – Demo Garden Chairperson. I was not here when the Demonstration Garden was created in 2013, but I know it got off to a great start with some great Master Gardeners. There were some great ideas and demonstration gardens introduced. But, as with most things, the garden as well as the gardeners, has gotten older and in need of… Read more »

The Mountain Ash: Red with Romance

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by Carl Parsons, Tennessee Master Gardener. Who wouldn’t love a beautiful ornamental tree, not too large or too small, with an abundance of leaves, pure white buds and blossoms in late spring followed by bright red edible berries in the fall, a tree that lives for up to 200 years and has the added (albeit folklorish) benefit of protecting us… Read more »

Basil Downy Mildew

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by Colette Mancke, Tennessee Master Gardener. What is basil downy mildew? Basil downy mildew is a devastating disease that affects the leaves, branches and stems of many types of basil (ie.,plants in the genus Ocimum) commonly used for cooking. Green-leafed varieties of sweet basil are particularly susceptible to the disease, while purple-leafed varieties of basil, Thai basil, lemon basil and… Read more »

CEU Opportunities

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by Alan Bruhin, Director Sevier County TN Extension. For those looking for CEU’s or just some additional training in interesting topics, here is a link to a series of webinars being offered by eXtension.org. Each month a new topic video is posted for you to view. Currently there have been three topics posted that are available for you to view…. 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.  

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 »

June 7 & 8, 2017 Junior Master Gardener Camp

This year’s camp dates are June 7 & 8 with Bridgemont Camp once again. This is the same place we have been the last few years. We just love it there and it is a perfect fit for our group. So mark those calendars now and we hope you will be willing to come and help some this year. Whether… Read more »