Programs and Events:
- Raised Bed Gardening workshop - Saturday, July 15 - beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Master Gardener Giving Garden, at the corner of Sprinkle & Kilgore Roads. More details here.
- Tomato Taste-off - Saturday, August 12 during the Kalamazoo County Youth Fair. Registration begins at 9 a.m., Taste-off begins at 10:30 in Kalamazoo County Expo Center. Enter the competition & win prizes, or attend and help pick the most winners! Free admission to the Kalamazoo County Youth Fair if you bring entries for the competition. More details about this event may be found in this flyer. Rules for the competition may be found Rules_for_entry_2017.pdf The 2016 winning entries were:
- Heirloom Tomato: ‘Hughs’ grown by Jeff Fleming
- Slicer Tomato: ‘Chef’s Choice Orange’ grown by Natasha Vukasinovic
- Cherry Tomato: ‘Sweet Hearts’ grown by Julia Schmitt
- Sweet Pepper: ‘Jimmy Nardello Sweet Frying Pepper’ grown by Tammy Vispi
- Hot Pepper: ‘Emerald Fire’ grown by Gary Roys
Digging Deeper - Gardening Resources
- Gardening in Michigan website
- Michigan Fresh
- MSU Soil Test Kit
- Local weather information for Kalamazoo area provided by Enviro-Weather
- Michigan State University Master Gardener Program & classes
Be alert for these invasive pests and deadly diseases:
- Japanese knotweed, or Mexican bamboo, is attractive but extremely invasive.knotweed_BCP_372280_7.pdf
- Giant hogweed is rarely found in Michigan
- Information on vegetable diseases such as Late Blight from Dr. Mary Hausbeck’s lab at MSU
- Late Blight monitoring map for Michigan
- 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 affects 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:
- Common problems affecting the health of evergreen trees.
- Needlecast diseases can infect most evergreen trees.