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Garden Update
Week of May 16, 2022
Kathleen Cue, Dodge County Extension Horticulture Educator

Many tree owners have been confronted with browning evergreens this spring. Even the tough-as-nails-never-needs-attention junipers are brown, in some cases entire trees. The winter of 2021-2022 showed deepening drought and this dryness, coupled with strong winds, was death to many evergreens, particularly junipers and arborvitaes.

Evergreens are unique for their ability to photosynthesize on days when temperatures are above 45 degrees F.  The region saw a lot of days like this with the mild winter. But the process of photosynthesis is hard work, requiring water along the way. When water cannot be replaced because of dry soils, then brown needles are the result.

At the Cuming County Feeder's Banquet on April 23rd, a video about sustainability in the beef industry was shown featuring Cuming County Livestock Systems Educator Alfredo DiCostanzo. 

Dodge County is also one of the counties that Alfredo DiCostanzo is assigned to.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to him with your beef questions alfredo.dicostanzo@unl.edu

Garden Update
Week of May 9, 2022
Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County

If only vegetable gardening was the straightforward task of planting seeds and starter plants outdoors without any attention to the annoying details of soil temperature and late frost.  This isn’t the case, however, and a little planning goes a long way towards success. Certainly, this year’s cool start to spring has been a boon for cool season vegetables.  Radishes and lettuce are just some of the vegetables requiring cooler soils to grow well.

Garden Update
Week of May 2, 2022
Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County

Master Gardener Volunteers and retired Extension staff provide ongoing efforts to manage the pollinator gardens at the Tekamah Pollinator Garden in Burt County and Veterans Tribute Plaza and South Elementary School’s pollinator gardens in Washington County. These gardens serve as teaching resources how best to help pollinators by planting flowering plants and reducing insecticide use. NEMGVs manage a food garden in Dakota County, a historic vegetable garden at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park in Washington County, and pollinator gardens in Dodge and Saunders Counties.

On Monday, May 9 from 6:30-8:00pm, Shane Ahrens will be leading an in-person YQCA training in the Dodge County Extension Meeting Room. Participants must register in advance. Visit yqcaprogram.org to log in or register.

Use this help document to register. The cost is $3.00 due at registration online.

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