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Master Gardeners

What We Do

Weekly, the Nebraska Master Gardener Program has a prominent spot at our market.  Volunteers are available to educate and answer horticulture questions.  Have a gardening question?  Stop by the booth and say hello!

The Nebraska Master Gardener program is a horticulture related volunteer training program based in many counties throughout Nebraska.  Part of UNL Extension since 1976, Master Gardener volunteers are trained by UNL Extension faculty and staff. They contribute time as volunteers working through their local Extension office to provide horticulture-related information to the community. More specifically, they provide education about sustainable horticultural practices. Participants are required to complete 40 hours of training and 40 hours of volunteer service during the initial year of their involvement in the program. Master Gardener volunteers retain their certification through annual training and volunteering.

Master Gardeners: Weekly Topics

April 29          

FINALLY, Spring has Sprung:  Check damage from cold temps and wind. Garden prep.

May 6   

Year of Purple Ultra Violet is ultracool. Purple flowers, veggies.too.

May 13           

Think Outside the Container Add herbs, perennials or house plants to your pots.

May 20           

Eat Your Vegetables:  New choices for garden to table produce, planting tips.

May 27           

Rain, Rain, Rain:  Embrace it with drainage solutions and rain gardens.

June 3             

Wildflower Week:  Plant your own native bloomers. Activities in NE.

June 10           

Made in the Shade: Changing backyards, shady plant choices, foliage.

June 17           

Bug Off: Garden Pests; Treatment choices, organic options, good practices.

June 24           

Small Space Gardens:  Patio veggies, raised beds and pint-sized varieties.

July 1              

Spectacular Succulents:  Sun lovers, over-watering problems, placement.

July 8              

Mid-summer Garden Check:  Deadhead, refresh plants, harvest veggies.

July 15            

Take A Deep Breath Outside Forest bathing, Zen settings & breathing rooms.

July 22            

One Tomato, Two Tomato: Rots, spots, bugs, vines and salsa.

July 29

Hot, Hot, Hot!  Plants that love heat, new pepper varieties.

August 5

Bountiful Butterflies:  Check pollinators’ food sources, habitat.

August 12

Farm to Table to Others:  Too much produce? City sources that feed the need.

August 19

Acreage Wide Open Spaces:  Prairie grasses, natives, shrubs and mass plantings.

August 26

Cool Weather Crops:  Fall planting for autumn produce, greens, radishes.

Sept. 2

One Plant = Two Plants:  Dividing plants like day lilies, iris and hostas.

Sept. 9

Composting How-tos:  The right mix, options for small spaces, benefits.

Sept. 16

Turf Time:  Reseeding, aerating and weed prevention.

Sept. 23

Container Remakes:  Fall & winter options, evergreens, cabbage, gourds.

Sept. 30

Trees:  Ash tree solutions, NE recommendations, planting tips.

Oct. 7

Fall Cleanup:  Mulching, raking and tool cleaning time.

Oct. 14

Rethink Landscape:  Evaluate what worked, what didn’t, plan for next year.

Oct. 21

Year of the Tulip:  When and how to plant bulbs, when they bloom.

Oct. 28

Spooky pests:  Mice, spiders and bats that turn up inside the house.