Keeping Gardens GrowingWritten by Jacqueline Skarda
365 ways to becoming a better gardener.
That's the goal of the 2013 Master Gardener's Calendar.
Monday, you'll get a tip on soil.
Friday, it's time to plant.
Wait until Saturday to prune those fruit trees.
Every day of every week in the UNL extension's Master Gardener Calendar has a tip to keep a greater garden.
“Many items have a specific window of time we can treat or bloom stage or bud stage of fruit that need to be taken care of so once we pass that critical window, a lot of our treatments are ineffective,” says David Lott, UNL District Extension Educator.
David Lott, Horticulture Educator with the West Central Research and Extension Center says the calendars are a perfect way to address issues specific to the area.
“Many of our gardening magazines may say its Midwest but those conditions in Iowa, Illinois and Ohio don't match Western Nebraska. That is a huge help. It's taking the guess work out of it,” says Lott.
The calendar also addresses specific conditions of the year.
“We did address drought this year since the drought has been ongoing and some simple things to conserve water or reduce over fertilization which is very big especially in home landscapes,” says Lott.
And it's something they'll continue to address in years to come.
“People need to conserve as much water as possible because some communities have been put under restrictions this past season and the following years it will become even worse,” says Lott.
The calendar also includes resources and information about the Master Gardening program. It can be yours for just $5.
This helps cover the cost of the calendar and fund horticulture outreach, so Western Nebraska can keep their gardens growing.
You can stop by the extension office on State Farm road to pick up a calendar for $5.
You can also call 532-2683 and have them mail you a calendar for $8.