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Gardeners aim to grow good produce or nurture lovely lawns and landscaping. “Smart gardeners” obtain those goals with earth-friendly techniques that can save money. Our advice is based on science performed at Michigan State University or other land grant universities.
Don't forget to check out our Smart Gardening resources, which includes tip sheets and informational videos.
- Mow at the highest setting to promote deep roots, avoid grub damage and crowd out weeds.
- Mulch leaves and grass clippings into lawn to recycle nutrients.
- Learn how to have a smart lawn.
- Select well-adapted or native plants, trees and shrubs to simplify meeting the plant’s needs.
- Learn how to select smart flowers and trees/shrubs.
- Don’t guess, soil test to ensure an effective balance of nutrients.
- Learn how to test and build smart soils.
- Select the right vegetables for your location. Sunlight, water and good soil are essential for growing good vegetables.
- Learn how to plant a smart vegetable garden.
Smart gardening to protect pollinators
- Invite pollinators to your garden or landscape by creating a smart habitat with pollinator-friendly plants and lawns.
- Learn how to protect pollinators using smart gardening techniques.
September 23, 2016 | Rebecca Krans | Jeannette Hauver earned special recognition for her volunteer garden service of creating and maintaining 13 different flower gardens in Marquette, Michigan.
September 22, 2016 | Julianna Wilson | What they are, why stink bugs are entering houses, and what you can do about them.
September 21, 2016 | Georgia Peterson | Squirrel behavior in the fall can lead to unwanted visitors in homes and other buildings.
September 20, 2016 | Gretchen Voyle | You can delay your garden harvest of some root crops and greens until after a frost and still have a bountiful harvest.
September 19, 2016 | Mariel Borgman | Michigan State University Extension’s Michigan Fresh factsheets on Parsnips and Sweet potatoes provide safe handling and storage tips.
September 13, 2016 | Diane Brown | Register now for “Grow it, Cook it, Eat it!” workshop on “Go for the Greens” on Sept. 20, 2016, and learn delicious new ways to add these nutritional powerhouses to your family’s meals.
September 13, 2016 | Sarah Scott | Stakeholders gave their input on developing Michigan’s Managed Pollinator Protection Plan at recent listening sessions. More meetings are available to attend.
September 12, 2016 | Mariel Borgman | Michigan State University Extension's Michigan Fresh garlic provides safe handling and storage tips.
September 9, 2016 | Diane Brown | The best way to learn how to identify mushrooms and fungi is to join a local mycology association and get hands-on experience with experts.
September 9, 2016 | Michelle Jarvie | Avoid potential foodborne illness by using research-based pickle recipes.
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Sep 27, 2016 – Sep 27, 2016 | OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group, Conference Room, 401 Ludington St., Escanaba, MI 49829
Sep 27, 2016 | Bear Creek Organic Farm, 4012 Atkins Road, Petoskey, MI 49770
Oct 4, 2016 | Trevor Nichols Research Center, 6237 124th Avenue Fennville, MI 49408
Oct 6, 2016 | Central Michigan University, 1200 S. Franklin St., Mount Pleasant, MI 58858
Oct 9, 2016 | The North Farm, N5431 Rock River Road, Chatham, MI
Oct 12, 2016 | Tollgate Research Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377
Oct 15, 2016 | MSU Extension, Kent County, 775 Ball NE, Grand Rapids MI 49503