Check Out the latest News and information from the University of Minnesota Extension on Emerald Ash Borer.
More than 500 people stopped by at local expos to learn more about pollinators and to ask other gardening questions. Dakota County Master Gardeners focused on pollinators as apart of the year of the pollinator theme. If you missed the local expos please take a look at the Minnesota Bee Lab site for more information on plants for Minnesota bees.
Classes on Gardening by Dakota County Master Gardeners are available through Eagan Community Education. Check them out!
Berry Nice Instructor Tori Clark, July 13, 6:00-7:30, Cost $15
Enjoy fresh home grown fruit on your morning cereal! Learn what it takes to grow and maintain a healthy crop of blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Explore site requirements, planting and care so that you can successfully grow a few berries or plenty to can or share.
Going Nuts for Fruit Instructor Faith Appelquist, March 17, 7:00-8:30, Cost $15
Every wonder which fruit trees grow best in Minnesota? Learn tips on which varieties do best including pollination requirements and growing conditions. Understand pruning and care methods that will increase fruit productivity and reduce disease and insect problems.
Good Bugs, Bad Bugs Instructor Tori Clark, June 21, 6:00-7:30, Cost $15
Yikes! It’s a bug in my garden, kill it. But wait…some bugs are good and you don’t want to kill them. Learn about some that are bad and some that are good, and what to do when you see them in your garden. Your garden and the environment will thank you.
Native Spring Wildflowers Instructor Janet Erdman, April 14, 6:00-7:30, Cost $15
Native spring wildflowers are breathtaking to observe in nature, and rebirth of wildflowers in spring gives one hope and joy. Learn to identify these beautiful, but fleeting, early spring ephemerals; additionally, learn how you can recapture that delight in your home gardens. Gain information on identification and cultivation of many herbaceous perennials native to our area.
So you want to plant a vegetable Garden? Instructor Linda Stein, April 5, 6:00-7:30, Cost $15
Designed to help you prepare to grow vegetables in your garden. Learn about the conditions that you should take into consideration as you prepare your garden, including soil quality and light requirements. Acquire information regarding resources available to help you assess your soil and methods for enhancing it to promote plant growth. Explore when and where to plant different vegetables and what to consider as you select not only which vegetables to plant but also which cultivars of a specific vegetable. Discuss how to diagnose common plant diseases, pest issues and techniques to combat these problems.
Square Foot Gardening: Grow Fresh Vegetables Instructor John Zweber, April 27, 7:00-8:30, Cost $15
Learn the basics of Square Foot Gardening, the practice of planning small, but intensely planted gardens. Understand how to select a proper site, construct a square foot garden, select the correct amount of plants and learn their proper care. Discuss harvesting and methods to extend the growing season. Benefits include less work, water savings, less weeding, pesticide/herbicide free, small space utilization and accessibility.
Vegetable Seed Starting Made Easy Instructor John Zweber, March 15, 7:00-8:30, Cost $15
Discover how to establish a seed starting station. Learn about seed requirements, supplies including growing medium, light, water, fertilizer, seed selection, when to transplant to your garden and more. Assemble pots with seeds in class and take home. Enjoy bountiful homegrown vegetables! Supply fee of $10 payable to instructor at class.
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