Consumer Horticulture

Programs and Events

  • Fall Garden Affair is a program celebrating local foods that is free and open to everyone. Join us on Saturday, September 12, from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Kalamazoo County building located at 3299 Gull Road (Nazareth). Included will be a Tomato Taste-off competition, a Pepper Taste-off competition, a cooking demonstration by Shaun Robinson, chef for Kalamazoo Public Schools, a demonstration on creating ‘food art’ by Susan Lane and more. Program is co-sponsored by MSU Extension Master Gardeners in Kalamazoo County and Kalamazoo in Bloom. 
  • 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. 

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 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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