August 11, 2015: Soil Test Interpretation Class
interpret and understand your soil test results!
garden plants require 18 nutrients for healthy growth and productivity. The
soil is a reservoir of these nutrients. Plants utilize these nutrients but they
need to be replenished from time to time. By having your soil tested you can
learn which nutrients are present and which ones need to be added depending on
the plant(s) you are trying to grow. You can avoid over-application of
fertilizers which can waste money, reduce plant quality and pollute streams,
lakes and groundwater. See flyer for details and registration.
August 20-November 19, 2015: 2015 Fall Master Gardener Class
The Master Gardener Program
is a volunteer leader training program for people who are enthusiastic about
gardening, who wish to use what they learn to improve communities.
We’re pleased you are
interested in the MSU Extension Master Gardener Program (MGP) and trust it will
be a rich and rewarding experience for you. This class will be held on Thursdays
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at MSU Tollgate Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Rd.,
Novi, Michigan 48317 running from August 20 to November 19, 2015. The cost of the
14-week program is $300, which includes the 1,000-page training manual. Master
Gardener volunteers start by completing a 13-session practical curriculum
ground in university research. This training consists of approximately 45 hours
of training with classes on plant science, soil science, integrated pest
management, diagnostics, annuals and perennials, woody ornamentals, lawns,
vegetables, small fruits, tree fruits, household and nuisance pests and
gardening practices to protect water quality. After completing the
training, Master Gardener trainees must complete 40 hours of
horticulture-related service within one year to earn their Master Gardener
certification. There are no other out-of-pocket costs. The registration
deadline for this training class is August 4, 2015 for payment by check and August 18, 2015 for payment by credit card. Contact: Lynne Shull at
248-858-0887. Click here to register
September 10, 2015: How To's of Renovating a Perennial Bed
Perennials don’t last forever. Beds that are six or
seven years old benefit greatly from a partial or total renovation. If
some of your plants have gotten too large and others have disappeared or you’re
just tired of the looking at the same plants year after year, don’t miss this
class! Janet Macunovich will guide us with a step-by-step approach to
take apart what’s there, give old plants and soil new life, and change the
design to rekindle it’s faded glory. Registration deadline is September 1, 2015 (sorry, no walk-ins).
September 19-20, 2015: Tollgate Fall Fair
Join us at MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center on September 19th and 20th for the annual Fall Fair! This is a free family-friendly event that includes children’s crafts, activities, and educational presentations on site. Garden tours, hay rides, fishing, and many more activities will be set up for the public to enjoy. Local organizations and vendors will be present as well. MSU Tollgate’s garden volunteers make this event possible, acting as guides, conducting activities, offering refreshments, and sharing information. MSU Tollgate Farm is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 8 pm, but the Fall Fair is an opportunity to get a unique and guided experience on the farm.