What Master Gardeners Do – Media Edition

Are you interested in becoming a Extension Master Gardener Volunteer in 2015? Please plan to attend one of our information sessions to be held at 721 Foster St. 

• September 9th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
• September 18th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
• September 23rd, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
• October 2nd, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
• October 7th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Master Gardeners do more than just answer questions in person. Our volunteers use various media outlets to share information. Here are a few:

Durham Master Gardeners who enjoy writing can submit articles to our wonderful newsletter. Each month, editors Kit Flynn and Barbara Goodman collect submissions, write, and put together an interesting publication. The September 2014 issue can be found here.

In addition, this blog accepts submissions and suggestions from volunteers. We welcome short, research-based articles of general interest to anyone growing plants in the Triangle area.

Master Gardener Volunteers have a weekly radio show, Getting Dirty with the Durham County Extension Master Gardeners. The show airs every Tuesday at 2 PM on WCOM 103.5 FM. The Getting Dirty team of Lise Jenkins, Harold Johnson, and Charles Murphy, discuss a variety of topics each week. In this photo, Harold is at the mic.

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Durham Master Gardeners also create videos. In this YouTube channel, Durham County volunteers produced these videos for the Soil Solutions curriculum for teachers. Our volunteers have also produced video content for the NC A&T Community Gardens channel on YouTube.

There are many exciting ways to get involved with the community as an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer!

Educational Opportunities on the Radio and In Person

Getting Dirty with Durham County Master Gardeners Radio Show  –
Broadcasts Tuesdays at 2:00pm on WCOM 103.5 July 15 – Gardeners Fair, Growing Beautiful Grass in the Piedmont. Our host, Harold Johnson reminds us that tonight is the Gardeners Fair at the Duke Gardens.  The Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy tells us about growing a summer favorite —squash, and Lise Jenkins learns about lawns in the Piedmont.
The radio show can be heard live or replayed any time at gettingdirtyradioshow.org
Durham Garden Forum Gardner’s Fair is just around the corner, Tuesday, July 15, 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the Doris Duke Center, Sarah P. Duke Gardens.  Parking is free. There will be many excellent raffle items throughout the event so don’t miss this one.This event is open to all and free.
Honey Extraction:
There will be a Honey Extraction Demonstration Workshop for those interested on Thursday, July 24, from 10am-12pm at 721 Foster Street.  Our very own, Durham Extension Master Gardener and Beekeeper, Richard Urich will demonstrate extracting honey from the Briggs Ave Community Garden hive.  This is free – but space is limited.  Register with Pana a prjones2@ncsu.edu .  See the attached flier.

Classes and Lectures, week of June 9 – 15, 2014

Herb Gardening – Extension Gardener Series
Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 6:30 – 8:00pm Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St.

Enjoy growing these handy and helpful plants. Taught by Master Gardener Marti Warburton. Class is free/registration is required. Sara Smith 919-668-1707 gardenseducation@duke.edu

 

CRAWLIN’ CUCURBITS – Gourds, Pumpkins & Squashes
June 14,  10-11 am, Durham County Cooperative Extension, 721 Foster St.

Early summer is the perfect time to plant cucurbits — the zucchini, squash, pumpkins, melons, cucumbers and gourds that we’ll harvest in late summer and early fall.

Join the Durham Co. Extension Master Gardeners for this FREE 1-hour talk for suggestions on best varieties, when to trellis or not, how to outsmart cucurbit pests and tips so you can cultivate an abundant crop.This FREE program is open to the public; all are welcome to attend. Please pre-register with Pana Jones at the Extension Office by calling 919-560-0525 or send an email to: prjones2@ncsu.edu.

Classes and Presentations, Week of 5/12 – 5/18, 2104

Garden Room Development – Extension Gardener Series
Thursday, May 15, 2014 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Where: Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson Street, Durham, NC, United States

Design an outdoor space that extends your home. Taught by Durham county Extension Horticulturist, Michelle Wallace. Class is free/ registration is required. Sara Smith 919-668-1707 gardenseducation@duke.edu

Summer Southern Favorites: Tomatoes & Okra
Saturday, May 17, 2014 10:00am – 11:00am
Where:Durham County Cooperative Extension, 721 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701

You know it’s officially summer when you harvest your first, sweet, juicy home-grown tomato and sit down to a plate of fried okra. Yum!

Join the Durham Co. Extension Master Gardeners for a FREE 1-hour talk on all the tips and tricks to growing your best ever crop of tomatoes & okra this summer on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 10-11 a.m. at the Durham County Cooperative Extension Office, 721 Foster Street, Durham NC 27701.

Now that the danger of frost is well-past, it’s time to get your tomatoes and okra plants in the ground! You’ll get many ideas on the best tomato varieties to grow (for slicing, for salsa, for sauces, for sandwiches) and the most tender & productive okra varieties.

This FREE program is open to the public; all are welcome to attend. Please pre-register with Pana Jones at the Extension Office by calling 919-560-0525 or send an email to: prjones2@ncsu.edu.

Simple Drip Irrigation for Container Gardens
Sunday, May 18, 2014 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: South Regional Library, 4505 South Alston Avenue, Durham, NC, United States

Reduse watering chores by installing a simple drip irrigation system. Class is free/registration is required. Cathy Starkweather 919-560-7410

Growing Sweet Potatoes – From Bed to Table

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GROWING SWEET POTATOES – FROM BED TO TABLE – SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 2014 from 10-11 a.m.

Start making plans to raise a bumper crop of sweet potatoes in your own backyard or containers in 2014! 

Join the Durham County Extension Master Gardener & Briggs Ave. Community Garden member Leanna Murphy for a taste test & discussion of the best sweet potato varieties for North Carolinians on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10-11 a.m. at the Durham County Cooperative Extension Office, 721 Foster Street, Durham NC 27701.

In this FREE 1-hour talk, we’ll have tips on how to maximize your yield of these easy-to-grow, tasty and nutritious vegetables plus a few fun facts about our state vegetable.

This FREE program is open to the public; all are welcome to attend. Please pre-register with Pana Jones at the Extension Office by calling 919-560-0525 or send an email to: prjones2@ncsu.edu .