Tuesday 16 Oct 2018

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Got Gardening Questions? Master Gardeners Can Help!

With the arrival of warmer temperatures, people are ready to start working in their home landscapes, lawns and gardens. Often people have questions about how to care for plants and deal with gardening problems.  This is where the Wayne County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer’s provide several ways to help answer your questions.

An Extension Master Gardener is a volunteer for the NC Cooperative Extension Service.  Many county extension offices have a county Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program.  Volunteers are selected through an application process, complete a 40-hour training program and complete a 40-hour internship.  Once the internship is complete, Extension Master Gardener Volunteers remain active by completing a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of continuing education each year.

The mission of the Extension Master Gardener Volunteers is to provide unbiased, research based information to gardeners on lawns, landscapes, and gardens.  The information that Extension Master Gardeners provide are ones that guide homeowners in making environmentally sound decisions in their landscapes and gardens. In Wayne County, we have an active group of 30 volunteers that assist our local Extension Office in reaching that mission

One of the most important projects the Wayne County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers do is provide a plant clinic at our office for Wayne County residents. The plant clinic is open every Monday and Wednesday from 10am to 1pm from April through August. Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are in the plant clinic during these times to assist the public with their gardening questions.  One of the great things about the plant clinic is that volunteers have been trained to provide educational gardening information from the NC Cooperative Extension Office that is practical and reliable.  Volunteers will utilize resources through the NC Cooperative Extension Service to determine an answer and best solution.  Although volunteers do handle many types of gardening questions, there are a few types of questions that the volunteers are not trained to handle, including: indoor pests, commercial horticulture, hazardous tree evaluation, or medical/legal questions.

The plant clinic is a free resource to Wayne County residents who have home gardening questions. One can reach the Wayne County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Clinic by phone at 919-731-1433, e-mail at [email protected], or stopping by the Wayne County Extension Office at The Maxwell Regional Agricultural & Convention Center (3114 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro).

Jessica Strickland is an Agriculture Extension Agent, specializing in horticulture for North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Wayne County. Horticulture program information can be found at http://wayne.ces.ncsu.edu/. Forward any questions you would like answered from this week’s column to [email protected].

Wayne County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, Cathy Green, assist someone with identifying a weed in their lawn.
(Photo Credit: Jessica Strickland)

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