Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy! – Hope you enjoy reading this Summer Newsletter. You will find information about upcoming programs, cool recipe for the Summer months, Touch-Me-Nots–the poison threes & much more.
Spring! 2017 Newsletter – information on the Alabama Cooperative Extension System partnered with Montgomery Public Schools (MPS) and Alabama People Against A Littered State (ALPALS) to deliver educational outreach to school-aged youth. Also information on the Lunch & Learn Program; the Master Gardener Helpline; Monthly Beef Management Meeting & March is National Nutrition Month.
If you have questions on a garden related topic, the Master Gardener Helpline is open!
Call 1-877-ALA (252)-GROW (4769)
March through August the Alabama Cooperative Extension System offers a Gardening Helpline for the public each Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This helpline is operated by Master Gardener Volunteers who use research-based information to best answer all of your gardening questions.
Do you love to grow fruit or vegetables or maybe flowers and herbs? If so, we would like for you to consider the Master Gardener course this coming spring. The Montgomery County Extension Office is offering the Master Gardener Volunteer Program, but space is limited!
Classes will be held every thursday starting February 16th through May 4th from 9:00am-2:00pm at the Montgomery County Extension Office on Atlanta Highway (the old probate office) and applications will be accepted through Friday, January 27th.
The Master Gardener Program is a nationwide Extension Education Program designed for non-professionals with interest in increasing their gardening skills and helping others with the knowledge they have gained.
The program will consist of in-class training for 12 consecutive weeks. After completing the courses, the Master Gardener interns will be expected to give 10 hours of service to the Master Gardener Helpline and 40 hours of volunteer service to Extension and/or their community in horticulture education.
Examples of volunteer efforts include: Talking to Garden Clubs, community garden projects, outdoor school projects and educational workshops just to name a few.
The courses on gardening will be taught by specialist, county agents, and veteran Master Gardeners on subjects such as: Soils and Plant Nutrition, Plant Physiology, Plant Propagation, Care of Landscape Plants, Landscape Design, Lawn Care, Weed Identification, Vegetable Gardening, Herbs, Composting, and many more.
The fee associated with this class is $150 and that includes all course materials and your lunch is provided by the Capital City Master Gardeners each week.
For an application please contact the Montgomery County Extension Office at (334) 270-4133 or online at: http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-1155/ANR-1155.pdf
Regional Extension Agent
Home Grounds, Gardens, Home Pests
Happy New Year!
Stop! Look! & Read! all of the meetings/programs at the Montgomery County Extension Office 2017
Hurray! In this issue of the Newsletter, you will enjoy read the items below. Also, look at A “Taste of Extension Open House & Lunch & Learn pictures.
- Alabama EFNEP
- Smart Snacking
- Holiday Stress
- Size Matters in Food Servings
The Fall Edition of the Montgomery County Extension Newsletter is full of educational topics such as:
- Basics of Fall Vegetable Gardening
- Holiday Stress
- FALL WITH EFNEP– Sausage & Peppers Baked Ziti
- And The Eating Games Begin
- Farm Tax Workshop Series for Growers
- Is Gluten-Free for me?
- Are Bugs Eating your Vegetables?
Montgomery County Extension Summer Newsletter:
Topics of Interest:
Some topics in this edition of the Montgomery County Spring Newsletter:
- Mosquito-Borne ZIKA
- Southeast Livestock Expo
- EFNEP – Good Heart Health
- The Face of SNAP-Ed & more
Direct seeding, which involves planting seeds rather than using transplants, for crops such as broccoli, cabbage, and collards is often used in the fall. However, the success of this planting method depends on having adequate moisture available to keep the young seedlings actively growing after germination. An overhead sprinkler can help provide seeds with sufficient moisture to germinate.
Alabama summers can be hot and dry, and soils may form a hard crust over the seeds. This crust can interfere with germination, particularly in heavy clay soil. Lettuce and spinach seeds will not germinate if the soil temperature exceeds 85 degrees F. Be sure to keep the soil moist until the young seedlings have emerged.