The new 2019 Master Gardener Class Orientation Meeting will be held on
Thursday, January 16 at 1:30 PM, with a back up date, if needed, of Thursday, January 23 at 1:30 PM.
Location will be at the Farm Bureau, 1424 HWY 62, Mountain Home.
Presentations will include information about BCMG projects, public events, Spring Seminar, Plant Sale, Farmers Market, web site, newsletter, and Buddy Messenger.
Please watch for an email from Audrey Holt and/or Buddy Messages with additional information.
It's December, pretty much the end of the year-end garden cleanup.
But what about your work buddies aka your garden tools??? Dirty gardening tools can transfer fungus, bacteria, or plant debris from plant to plant. Tools should be cleaned during use and before putting them away for the season.
There are many ways to sterilize garden tools. After removing the surface dirt on the tool, sterilization can be done using any of the following common methods:
(1) soaking the tools in a bucket of 1 part bleach to 9 parts water for 30 minutes (although repeated use of bleach may corrode metal); or,
(2) wiping the tools with at least a 70% concentration of alcohol; or,
(3) soaking the tools in a bucket of 2 parts Lysol to 8 parts water for several minutes; or,
(4) soaking the tools in a bucket of Pine-Sol for 1-2 minutes.
Be sure your tools are dry before putting them away.
Oil any working metal components. Apply linseed oil to wooden handles. Sharpen blades on any cutting tools. Run the gas out, or add a fuel stabilizer, to power equipment. Store and cover your tools and equipment from the weather.
When spring comes, you and your garden tools will be ready to go!
Five Baxter County residents recently completed Master Gardener new member training through the Baxter County Extension Office. Pictured are (from left): Anita Derrick, Karen Radford, Jo Bracken, Baxter County Extension Agent Brad Runsick, Mary O'Shields and Jami Huisjen Scott.
by Brad Runsick, Baxter County Extension Office Agent
Five Baxter Countians recently completed the rigorous, 40-hour Master Gardener new member training. The training took place at the Baxter County Extension Office over the course of five Wednesdays, where trainees received education on a whole host of topics, ranging from soil science and basic botany to plant disease management and pruning.
Master Gardener members, as part of their membership requirements, volunteer a minimum of 20 hours back to the community each year. However, many members give much more of their time than just 20 hours. In fact, last year alone, 73 members volunteered nearly 4,000 hours, valued at approximately $100,000.
Interested in becoming a Master Gardener but missed this recent training? You may be in luck!
We will be offering the opportunity to become a Master Gardener volunteer with an online class. Beginning January 7th-March 31, 2020, the class will be available online for individuals to train from their home computers.
The training contains five modules. The first module will be available on January 7th. For five consecutive Tuesdays, a new module will be made available, with all modules online by February 4th.
The cost to participate in the online training is $150. This covers the cost of the training, training book, first-year dues and name badge. Stop by the Extension Office at 3 E. 9th Street in Mountain Home for more information and to pick up an application!
The deadline to apply is December 2nd.
For more information on any of the above points, contact the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service at 870-425-2335.
The Baxter County Master Gardeners are a fun group of folks who enjoy sharing their love of gardening with any visitor.
At our meetings we have speakers, refreshments, & fun.
Come join us!
Next Meeting Date:
December 12, 2019 from noon - ?
Membership Potluck Christmas Party
The First Presbyterian Church
1106 Spring Street
Mountain Home, AR
Master Gardeners Monthly Radio Program:
Mountain Talk Radio December 18th on 97.1 7:15 a.m. - 8:am.
Master Gardener Hosts this month are Tommy Hagan and Ceil Gasiecki
From Mountain Home
Take US Hwy. 62B East through Mountain Home until you come to Cardinal Street. Cardinal Street is the intersection just past Harp's Grocery. Turn right onto Cardinal Street and travel South until you come to the first stop sign which should be Spring Street. Turn left onto Spring Street and go down the hill past the bridge and the First Presbyterian Church will be on your right hand side.
Take Hwy. 62/412 towards Mountain Home. Once you get to Mountain Home continue on into Mountain Home on US 62B. This will take you through town till you get to Harp's Grocery and you come to Cardinal Street. Cardinal Street is the intersection just past Harp's Grocery. Turn right onto Cardinal Street and travel South until you come to the first stop sign which should be Spring Street. Turn left onto Spring Street and go down the hill past the bridge and the First Presbyterian Church will be on your right hand side. here to edit.