What bug is this on my oak tree?
Why are my flowers dying?
How do I manage this weed in my vegetable garden?
Ask Kathleen Cue what these questions have in common and she can tell you.
All are questions that are phoned in or dropped off at the Dodge County Extension Office in Fremont.
Cue is a Nebraska Extension Master Gardeners and Extension Horticulture Educator.
And she answers these types of questions each day.
Cue’s looking for some folks who are willing to be Nebraska Extension Master Gardener volunteers.
Being a walking encyclopedia of horticultural knowledge is not a requirement.
It does take a willingness to learn about research-based gardening practices and gives would-be Master Gardeners a chance to rub elbows with fellow gardening enthusiasts, she said.
Master Gardener interns learn about botany, tree planting, landscape design, invasive pests, weed management, soils, insects, and fruit and vegetable management.
In return, they make their communities better places to live by sharing their knowledge with others in education gardens, “Ask the Master Gardener” tables, and the Extension horticulture helpline.
Daylong classes are on Tuesdays and Fridays and begin on Feb. 11.
People from Dodge and surrounding counties can find out more about the Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program and receive an application by attending an informational meeting.
The informational meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 28 in the Dodge County Extension Office, 1206 W. 23rd St., in Fremont.
““I hope people attend this informational meeting,” Cue said. “Not only are Master Gardeners great resources in communities, they share a unique fellowship and get to stay current with the newest in garden research.”
For questions and to reserve a seat at the informational meeting, contact Cue at 402-727-2775.
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