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  • Winning varieties of tomatoes and peppers in the tast-off competitions held during the Fall Garden Affair in September 2015 are:
    • Heirloom Tomato: Snag’s Pride grown by Jeff Fleming 
    • Slicer Tomato: Wild Thyme RL grown by Terry Kott
    • Cherry Tomato: Sun Sugar grown by Giving Garden
    • Sweet Pepper:  Mini Sweet grown by David Fening 
    • Hot Pepper: Madron grown by David Fening


  • The Giving Gardena Master Gardener project growing food to share with others, suffered a theft of garden equipment this spring. 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. 

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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 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:

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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