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Cullman County Master Gardener Class to Begin January 30, 2019

The Cullman County Extension Office plans to offer the Alabama Master Gardener Class each Wednesday beginning, January 30, 2019 and continuing through Wednesday, April 17th.  Master Gardener Classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 2:30 p.m. with a lunch break from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  All the classes except for two will be held in the conference room of the Cullman County Office Building.

Birds eye view of a woman gardener weeding an organic vegetable garden with a hand fork.
Birds eye view of a woman gardener weeding an organic vegetable garden with a hand fork.

If you register for the class before December 31st, the fee is $125.00 and includes the cost of a thick reference notebook, refreshments, travel expenses for speakers, and the cost of a background check. Our office will be closed for the holidays beginning Thursday, December 20th through Wednesday, January 2, 2019.  As long as your application is postmarked on or before December 31st, you will receive the discount.  After that date, the fee increases to $150.00.  If you are interested in attending the class, but would like to divide the cost, you may make three payments of $50.00 each. The first would need to be included with your application and the remainder paid before the first day of class.

A number of gardening topics are covered in the class, including: Plant Physiology, Soils & Plant Nutrition, Growing Herbs, Weed Identification & Control, Home Lawns, Home Fruit Production, Plant Propagation, Home Vegetable Gardening, Plant Selection, Annuals & Perennials, Wildlife Damage Control, Plant Pathology, Basic Entomology, Landscape Design, and Care & Maintenance of Ornamentals.

The main purpose of the Master Gardener Program is to develop volunteers to assist Extension in meeting the horticultural needs in the area.  Fifty volunteer hours are required for certification as an Alabama Master Gardener and participants have one year from the beginning of the class to complete this requirement.

Please complete & print Parts I & II of the Alabama Master Gardener Volunteer Program application, mail or bring it by the Cullman County Extension Office located at 402 Arnold Street NE Suite G-1, Cullman, AL  35055.  Part III contains information regarding the background check; once your application request is accepted, I will give you instructions for completing the background check forms.

Please return your application as soon as possible as a minimum of fifteen people must register in order for us to offer the class.  We will notify you on or before Wednesday, January 23, 2019, as to whether or not the class will be held. 

Feel free to contact the Cullman Extension Office at (256) 737-9386 or me at the Morgan County Office (256) 773-2549; my cell (256) 595-2478, or email: tcc0029@auburn.edu if you have any additional questions.

Tim Crow, REA Home Grounds, Gardens & Pests

Drying Herbs at Home

Dried Hers

AUBURN, Ala. –Dried herbs are a great addition to any meal but buying your favorites from the store can add up and be pretty pricey. If you  love to do things at home and already have fresh herbs growing in your garden, it is inexpensive and easy to dry them at home. All you need to get started is twine, scissors, … Read More »

 

IPM Videos for Beginning Farmers

Alabama Vegetable IPM Project reaches out to a large variety of audience through multiple communication channels. Educational videos are a great way to reach all producers, especially those that may not be able to travel to an Extension event but have a computer at home for self-training.

Videos are useful to not only introduce basic concepts but they are also useful in presenting advanced information about how stuff works to experienced farmers. This is the motivation behind developing 3-5 min videos that you can watch on your mobile devises!

Check out the educational videos that are available online via the Alabama Vegetable IPM website and linked also to the Alabama Beginning Farmers project. Remember to switch browsers if you have a problem with videos or websites. If you visit the Beginning Farmers website, remember to sign up for the electronic curriculum that is going to be available soon using the automated system.

For any comments or suggestions, then please call us at 251-331-8416 or email bugdoctor@auburn.edu.

Thank you for your support.

Dr. Ayanava Majumdar, ACES Specialist III
Agronomic Crops & Commercial Horticulture

So Many Azaleas to Collect and Plant

Everyone needs a hobby and something to do, right? In no particular order, mine happens to be gardening, hunting, sports, reading, and childrearing. Over the last few years, my gardening interest and plantings have expanded around my house into a very young collection. For more color, I began collecting daffodils and irises, with many being pass-along plants. I have bought and planted a few camellias along the way that have grabbed my attention. But nothing compares to my favorite and ongoing collection – azaleas.

Read more here.