Consumer Horticulture

Programs and Events

Smart Gardening: Raised Beds & Container Gardening will be held on Monday, May 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Riverview Launch site.  Flier. Free to attend, please pre-register.

Plant Sale sponsored by Kalamazoo Master Gardeners will be May 8 & 9, 2015 in the Kalamazoo County building located at 3299 Gull Road (Nazareth complex).  Everyone is welcome to shop; a beautiful selection of perennials, hanging baskets, annual flowers, vegetables, herbs and gardening gifts will be available.  Daily drawing for a free hanging basket. A wonderful opportunity for Mother’s Day shopping! Flier.

The Giving Garden, a Master Gardener project growing food to share with others, recently had a break-in and theft.  We are holding a fundraiser to restock the garden shed and invite everyone to consider donating used equipment or tools from this list, or to make a monetary donation that will be used to purchase replacements for the equipment that was stolen. 

From the 2014 Tomato Taste-off competition, here are the winning varieties of tomatoes.  Watch for details of the 2015 competition, coming September 12, 2015.

  • Cherry (small) tomatoes:

1st – Sungold

2nd  place tie – Early Ssubakus Aliana  &  Sugar Snack

3rd place – Purple Dragon

  • Large slicers (hybrids)

1st – Big Boy 

2nd place – Beefmaster 

3rd place – Texwine

  • Heirloom tomatoes

1st place – Pink Ping Pong

2nd place -  Georgia Sunrise

Digging Deeper - Gardening Resources

Be alert for these invasive pests and deadly diseases:

  • Spotted wing drosophila, a small vinegar fly with the potential to damage many fruit crops.
  • Oak Wilt, a potentially deadly disease of red oak trees
  • Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, causing feeding damage in high value specialty crops including tomatoes, sweet peppers, raspberries, apples, peaches, pears and cherries as well as damage in corn and soybeans.
  • Thousand Cankers Disease which primarily affect black walnut trees.
  • Emerald Ash Borer is an exotic beetle that was first spotted in southeastern Michigan in 2002, and has since spread through the Midwest.  It is deadly to untreated ash trees.
  • Asian Longhorned Beetle, a serious pest of hardwood trees.

 Please report sightings of these invasive pests to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.

Other pests you may encounter:

Diseases and insects affecting evergreen trees:

 

Still have a gardening question? Contact the Master Gardener Helpline at 269.384-8056, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or at 888-678-3464 for answers.

 

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