A final blog to the 2016 Teaching Garden

With freezing temps this morning, a hardy group of Master Gardeners gathered to give the Teaching Garden a blanket of compost to keep the lawn walking areas snug and strong enough to endure the coming winter months. Many (Leslie, Alan, Bob and Joe) manned the wheelbarrows to load up and deliver to . . . . .

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the walkways (Thomas, Cheryl and Bob) . . . . .

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where Spencer, Amye, Jean and Harriet  quickly worked it into the turf.

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This huge effort was completed shortly after 11:00am. The temps had climbed from freezing to over 60 degrees.

It’s also important to remember to keep spraying Bobbex for deer control as Ruth is seen doing.


This blogger’s new favorite bush is the Sweet Pepperbush that has been included in several issues over the course of the 2016 season.

dsc_0189 At a bit over 6 feet tall and about as wide,

you can enjoy it all season long.

Today’s issue will be this blogger’s final publication and we are searching for replacements. You don’t need a fancy camera because many photos seen here have been taken by cell phones; we’re looking for Master Gardeners who love the Teaching Garden, and like to chat with others. The purpose of this blog is to deliver to the public the best of our wonderful resource which is MGPW.

If you think you’d like to give it a try, send me your questions in an email (gubrud@verizon.net) and I will get right back to you. Mentoring available while you’re learning!

Happy gardening!





The season starts its wind down

With just a couple more workdays left for this season, many tasks need to be completed. Several pickup truckloads of mulch were delivered to the Teaching Garden this morning.

dsc_0146-copy Bob and Spencer waste no time getting the mulch shoveled off the trucks. Next week, the mulch will be spread and raked over the lawn walkways. Come on out next Tuesday morning and help us make quick work of the project.

Master Gardeners Leslie, Janelle, Conrad and Missy finishing final tasks.

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dsc_0147 The Purple Martin house has been winterized.

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Veggie beds have been cleared out and tucked in with winter cover crops (daikon radish on the left) or planted with winter onions.

dsc_0160 dsc_0161         Witch Hazel is showing off her blooms and interesting bark.

dsc_0121-4 dsc_0116            And Coral Bark Maple putting on a gorgeous show of sun kissed leaves!

Take a walk around the garden . . .

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