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Garden Talks 2017

Central States Fair Horticulture Building 

Garden Talks

August 24-25, 2017

Each talk will be approximately 45-50 minutes with time for questions.  

Pennington County Master Gardeners

 

Thursday August 24:

 

2:00 Growing and Using Herbs: Toni Schmidt — Introduction to growing your own herbs and tips on how to use them in the kitchen.

 

3:00 Planting a Tree: Bill Keck— Giving your new tree the best chance of thriving.

 

4:00 Integrated Pest Management;  Lynn Renee and Patrick— Coping with garden pests safely and effectively

 

5:00 Houseplant care:  Shannon Lockett —  Care and feeding of houseplants and troubleshooting problems.

 

6:00 Houseplant SWAP: Bring a houseplant cutting or pot to trade.  Any leftover plants will be offered to those who did not bring a plant, but would like to have one.

 

Friday August 25:

 

1:30-2:00  Ask a Master Gardener:  Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions, identify plants or insects (bring specimens in a zipper plastic bag) or help with horticulture problems.

 

2:00 Growing African Violets: Betty Wagner—How to successfully grow and propagate African violets.

 

3:00 Beekeeping: Tom Allen— Keeping back yard bees for honey and pollination.

 

4:00 Container Vegetable Gardening: Mel and Tammy Glover — Methods for successful vegetable gardening using containers and small spaces. 

 

5:00     Arranging Flowers from Your Garden:  Jody Krogman— techniques for preparing and arranging garden flowers into attractive bouquets. 

 

6:00-6:30  Ask a Master Gardener:  Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions, identify plants or insects (bring specimens in a zipper plastic bag) or help with horticulture problems.

News

Drowning In Tomatoes? Try Something Different This Year.

 

If you’re a home gardener about to drowned in tomatoes rolling in off the vines and demanding to be consumed before they go bad, hang on. Here comes a life preserver.


I chop up a small bowlful of fresh very ripe tomatoes, add chopped red onion or scallions, minced garlic, chopped fresh basil, and extra-virgin olive oil.  I sometimes add Kalamata olives. I make this dish in the morning and let it set on the kitchen table all day. By evening meal time, the flavors have melded nicely, and I serve it over hot cooked spaghetti noodles and top it with fresh grated parmesan for an easy meal on a hot summer day.


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