Podcast- Bees, Butterflies and Birds


Links mentioned in the above podcast
Planning Your Landscape for the Bees, Butterflies and Birds“:

  1. The Wild Ones brochure “Wild for Monarchs“.
  2. The St. Paul Audubon Society brochure “A Guide to Insect Attracting Native Plants for Central MN“.
  3. The Bee Squad handout “Plants for MN Bees“.
  4. GCEMG Tips on “How To Do Winter Sowing“.

Podcast – Winter Sowing

In this podcast Goodhue County Extension Master Gardeners give tips on how to do winter sowing. Winter sowing is a method of starting transplants outdoors in milk jugs when the weather is still below freezing.

Find more info and a step-by-step video showing you how to prepare the milk jugs, etc. on the website of GCEMG Terry L. Yockey.

Time to Remove Buckthorn


Using the Weed Wrench to remove buckthorn.

October and November are great months to get out and pull all the small buckthorn trees that have popped up during the season. Buckthorn keeps its green foliage long after other trees and shrubs have dropped theirs so it is very easy to identify this time of year.

The Weed Wrench tool makes short work of smaller trees and you can borrow it free of charge from the Goodhue County Extension Master Gardeners.

Call University of  MN Extension, Goodhue County at 651-385-3100 for more information.

Become a Master Gardener in Goodhue County


GCEMGs at the Colvill Discovery Garden

If you have an interest in plants and gardening and would enjoy sharing that interest with others, apply to become a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener volunteer.  Applications are being accepted for the Goodhue County Extension Master Gardener Program now until October 15th.

Individuals selected for the program begin an internship that starts with the Master Gardener core course training on January 9, 2015.  The course is taught online or in-person at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska.  Instructors are University of Minnesota Extension educators and faculty.

Following the course, interns will complete 50 hours of volunteer service in the first year, working with local Master Gardener volunteers on a variety of projects that educate the public about gardening and horticulture.  You might answer plant questions by phone or at an information booth, write a newspaper column, or make a presentation to a community group.

After completing the internship, you become a certified University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener.  To remain certified, Master Gardeners must contribute at least 25 hours of volunteer service annually.

For an application packet and more information, call U of MN Extension Goodhue County, 651-385-3100 or 1-800-385-3101.  Also find more information about the training and the Extension Master Gardener program at http://www.mg.umn.edu.

GCEMG Presentation Topics

Goodhue County Extension Master Gardeners give presentations to garden clubs and other community groups all over the area on a variety of different horticultural topics. Here is a list of the available programs:

Installing a Rain Garden
Attracting Hummingbirds
Managing Oriental Bittersweet and other Woody Invasives
No-till Gardening
Hugelkultur Gardening
Monastic Herb Gardening
Shoreland Restoration
How to Prune Trees
Making a Faerie Garden
Understanding Plant Patents
Invasive Plants
Landscaping for Birds
Organic Gardening
Purchasing and Planting the Right Tree
Planning and Building a Public Garden
The MN Extension Master Gardener Program
Establishing Ground Covers
Planting for Fragrance
Planning a Potager (Kitchen Garden)
A Visit to Public Gardens Around the World

For more information about having a Goodhue County Extension Master Gardener speak to your group, please contact Terry L. Yockey at goodhuemgs@gmail.com or call the Extension office at 651-385-3100.

A GCEMG gives a presentation on No-till Gardening to a local garden club.

A GCEMG gives a presentation on No-till Gardening to the Horticultural Society in Red Wing.