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St. Francis County

October 6, 2016

It did not feel like fall today! What a scorcher and the lower humidity coupled with no rain has our yards and gardens parched.  If you have not been watering, it is getting critical.  You don’t want your fall plants which have flower buds set to get too stressed before they head into winter.  camellia-buds-sept-24-16  If you are planting new plants, they don’t have much of a root system yet, so daily watering may be called for until we get some rain.  I looked at the 10 day forecast and there is no rain in the picture!  We should get a cool down over the weekend but then temperatures are back into the mid to upper 80’s.  Not good. So water, water, water!

This morning I left early to head to Forrest City where the St. Francis County Master Gardeners were hosting their fall horticulture seminar. This group just does it better and better each year. They had a packed house and there was a lot of learning going on. st-francis-co-gardening-event-oct-2 st-francis-co-gardening-event-oct-5 st-francis-co-gardening-event-oct-7 st-francis-co-gardening-event-oct-9 Lelia Kelly had them in stitches with her talk on plants from Grandma’s garden which several heard at our A to P workshops this summer. Then I did fall and winter plants, followed by Patrice Gros from Eureka Springs on no-till gardening.  They got his contact information after hearing him speak at our state conference. The final speaker was Mitchell King O’Banion on Turf: from Bottom to Top.  Mitch happens to be the son of the chair of this event and has a degree in agronomy from Mississippi State and is currently a golf course superintendent in Louisiana.  It was a quality program with every i dotted and t crossed.  Everyone had handouts and a goody bag with items to take home. One of the items was a jar of pickled okra. okra-sfc-oct-1 okra-sfc-oct-2 This was the result of a MG project with a local cub scout pack.  The Master Gardeners worked with these young boys and they planted a field of okra.  They harvested, and bagged up over 200 sacks which they gave away during the summer, then a bit later they learned how to pickle it. They added it to jars, seasoned it and labeled it.  What a life lesson these MGs are sharing with these young people. They are also getting their parents involved and some are even joining MGs. st-francis-co-gardening-event-oct-12 st-francis-co-gardening-event-oct-13 st-francis-co-gardening-event-oct-1 Master Gardeners make a difference in the lives of Arkansans every day.  From beautifying the state, to educating through plant seminars, to youth gardening and much more, I am proud to be associated with such dedicated volunteers.

I am happy we can honor them all next week beginning with MG appreciation day at the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks on Monday, but celebrating all week with the proclamation of Arkansas MG week.  Thank you Master Gardeners!

Today we also sent out a link to a national survey for Master Gardeners to take.  I have heard from many of you with questions and a few are not able to get the link to work. I am working with our IT folks to figure out why. It works on my computers, so it may be a security issue on some, but I will keep you posted on what I find out.  I really want folks to be able to share their opinions, so it needs to work!


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Bonnie Clough permalink
    October 6, 2016 9:56 pm

    I was able to access the national survey by highlighting the URL and then right-clicking my mouse to get the option I needed to take the survey.

  2. Bonnie permalink
    October 6, 2016 9:58 pm

    I was able to access the national survey by highlighting the URL and then right-clicking my mouse to get to the survey.Bonnie Clough

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