Habitat Restoration for Streambanks and Shorelines: Lecture & Field Tour

Learn how natural plant habitat restoration improves stream and river water quality with Katie Himanga, a Goodhue County Extension Master Gardener and Certified Forester. The first part of the course, on October 20th, consists of a lecture at the History Center and outlines the steps necessary to restore a site’s natural habitat while preserving or enhancing scenic quality. On October 22nd, apply the knowledge to Wells Creek in Old Frontenac and see natural habitat restoration in progress. Contact Red Wing Community Education (651-385-4565) or online to register.

Thursday, October 20th Lecture at the Goodhue County Historical Society | 6-7:30pm
Saturday, October 22nd Field Tour at the Villa Maria Grounds in Frontenac | 9-11am

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

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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

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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.