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By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County

What really sets Nebraska Extension Master Gardeners apart from garden clubs is their dedication to learning Best Management Practices, the cornerstone of what the land grant university has to offer, whether it is an invasive insect, a tough weed to manage, or a proven plant variety to try. This dedication to learning shows in the enthusiasm Master Gardeners share with Nebraskans through direct education (the helpline and tabling events), growing food for the food insecure, and managing education gardens.

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County

February, March and April are busy months for the Nebraska Extension Master Gardener program.  Master Gardener Interns are participating in classes, on their way to becoming certified Master Gardeners.  The classes are intensive, covering botany, plant diseases, landscape design, bug boot camp, and plant management.  Once coursework is complete, Master Gardener volunteers hit the ground running, providing expertise to community and child care gardens, answering questions via the horticulture helpline and “Ask the Master Gardener” tables, and caring for plants at educational gardens.

*DUE MARCH 2nd to Nebraska Extension Office by 4:30 p.m. 

Thank you for starting another program year or for some beginning your first year in the Dodge County 4-H Program!

Youth ages 8 to 18 years old as of January 1 of the current calendar year are welcome to enroll in the 4-H Program. Youth 5 to 7 as of January 1 of the current calendar year may enroll as a Clover Kid in the 4-H Program. In Dodge County there is a $10 fee when enrolling for the program year. 

4-H Enrollment is completed online. Both youth members and adult volunteers will need to complete their online enrollment, annually. 

In order to participate in 4-H contests and events, you must be enrolled online by June 15, 2020. 

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

What bug is this on my oak tree?

Why are my flowers dying?

How do I manage this weed in my vegetable garden?

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

Of all the holiday plants, the amaryllis boasts some of the largest flowers and can be one of the easiest to grow for next year’s re-bloom. Bulbs received as gifts can be planted right away and their fast growth will amaze everyone, even those with brown thumbs. Hybridization has greatly expanded the red-flowered offerings of the amaryllis, with flowers of pink, white, salmon, fuchsia, the softest of yellows, striped, narrow-petalled, double blooms or miniature. Any way they are enjoyed, amaryllis can be an exciting gift for novice gardeners as well as the skilled.

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Nebraska Extension showcasing 4-H’ers at county fairs

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Nebraska Extension is working to make sure all 4-H’ers across the state have the opportunity to showcase their hard work come county fair time this summer.

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Nebraska Extension, UNMC to host discussion on impact of pandemic-related stress on farmers and ranchers

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Nebraska Extension and the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Rural Health Initiative will host a discussion about the impact of COVID-related stress on farmers, ranchers and others engaged in agriculture.

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