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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.
August 24, 2016 | Kaitlin Wojciak | Read on for cooking tips and techniques for schools looking to use local produce in their meal programs.
August 24, 2016 | Kaitlin Wojciak | Read on for equipment tips and techniques for schools looking to use local produce in their meal program.
August 24, 2016 | Mariel Borgman | Michigan State University Extension’s Michigan Fresh fact sheet on Growing Hops provides advice for budding growers.
August 23, 2016 | Kaitlin Wojciak | Read on for seasoning and spicing tips and techniques for schools looking to use local produce in their meal program.
August 23, 2016 | Kaitlin Wojciak | Washing techniques are an important part of food safety for institutions sourcing locally.
August 23, 2016 | Meghan Milbrath | Beekeepers, growers and others interested in the health of honey bees are invited to listening sessions to discuss pesticide use and bees.
August 17, 2016 | Kevin Frank | Insect damage from sod webworms, bluegrass billbugs or grubs may be the reason some parts of your lawn didn’t green-up after recent rains.
August 17, 2016 | Gretchen Voyle | Strawberry root weevils can be found inside homes this time of year, though they won’t cause any damage to you, your home or pets.
August 17, 2016 | Aaron Hathaway | Crabgrass has been enjoying the high temperatures in Michigan by invading turfgrass areas.
August 15, 2016 | Kristine Hahn | Michigan State University Extension personnel and Master Gardener volunteers will staff an information booth at the Detroit Eastern Market this summer and fall.
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Aug 28, 2016 | The North Farm, N5431 Rock River Road, Chatham, MI
Aug 29, 2016 | Clare County MSU Extension, 225 W. Main Street, Harrison, MI 48625
Aug 30, 2016 | 300 East 1st Street, Flint, MI 48502
Aug 30, 2016 | MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Ln, East Lansing, MI 48824
Aug 30, 2016 – Dec 13, 2016 | MSU Extension Kent County Office, 775 Ball, NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503
Aug 31, 2016 – Dec 7, 2016 | Swartz Creek Performing Arts Center, 8427 Miller Road, Swartz Creek, MI. 48473
Sep 7, 2016 | Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center, 3775 S. Reese Road Frankenmuth, MI 48734