Master Gardener Recertification

For those master gardeners that successfully re-certified for 2017 you can expect your re-certification card by the middle of March.  

If, by any chance, you do not receive your card you can print a similar certificate by going into your VMS profile and clicking on the link at the top of the screen.

Please let your VMS Ambassadors know if you have any questions or need assistance as you begin entering this year's hours in your VMS record.

Diane Brady, VMS Administrator
Master Gardener Volunteer Management System


Identifying trees just got easier with Leafsnap, an app developed by Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution.

This free app combines electronic field guides with image-recognition software to identify common tree species from photos taken of their leaves.

It is available on iPhone and iPad, but not yet available on Android.

         2018  Spring Garden Shows

February  17:   Dow Gardens Know & Grow Seminar
                         Bullock Creek High School / Midland

March    1-4 :   West Michigan Home & Garden Show
                         De Vos Place  /  Grand Rapids

March 15-18:   Lansing Home & Garden Show
                        MSU  Pavilion / East Lansing

March 24-25:   Saginaw Home Builders -

                       Home & Garden Show
                        Ryder  Center /

                        Saginaw Valley State University

          Boxwood Blight
Boxwood Blight is a very fast spreading disease caused by the fungus Cylindrocladium which affects members of the Buxaceae family including Boxwoods and Pachysandra. This disease spreads by sticky spores which means they do not spread long distances by wind but are spread most commonly by splashing water, plant debris, and sticking to any surface that might come in contact with. These spores may remain alive for up to 10 years. Infected crops will eventually die from this disease so preventative practices are of the utmost importance.

Symptoms of Boxwood Blight include:

>White puffs on the stems and undersides of the leaves
>Brownish spotting on leaves
>Dark lesions on stems
>Partial or total defoliation of plants
>No visible symptoms on the roots

Unfortunately, these symptoms are the same as common Boxwood diseases, which means Boxwood Blight cannot positively be identified except for laboratory testing. If you suspect your Boxwood may be infected, send a sample directly to a lab.


               GARDENING TRIVIA

1. A strawberry isn't a berry but a banana is.
2. Avocados and watermelon are berries, too.
3. Cashews grow on trees like this:

4. Brussels sprouts grow in long stalks.
5. Chocolate milk was invented in Ireland.
6. Ketchup used to be sold as medicine.
7. Carrots were originally purple.

8. McDonalds sells 75 hamburgers every second of every day.
9. Yams and sweet potatoes are not the same thing.
10. Ripe cranberries will bounce like rubber balls.
11. An average ear of corn has an even number of rows, usually 16.
12. Betty White is actually older than sliced bread.
13. Humans share 50% of their DNA with bananas.
14. Honey never spoils. You can eat 32,000-year-old honey.
15. Peanuts are not nuts. They grow in the ground like this, so they are legumes.

16. Vending machines are twice as likely to kill you than a shark is.
17. Coconuts kill more people than sharks every year. So do cows.
18. Pound cake got its name from its original recipe, which called for a pound each of butter, eggs, sugar, and flour.
19. The probability of you drinking a glass of water that contains a molecule of water that also passed through a dinosaur is almost 100%.
20. Honey is made from nectar and bee vomit.
21. Pineapples grow like this:

22. Quinoa is the seeds of this plant:

23. Kiwis grow on vines:


24. Ginger is the root of a plant:


25. And cinnamon is just the inner part of this tree:


26. And artichokes are flowers that are eaten as buds. This is what they look like when flowered:

27. Spam is short for spiced ham.
28. Popsicles were invented by an 11-year-old in 1905.
29. Apples, like pears and plums, belong to the rose family.
30. The official state VEGETABLE of Oklahoma is the watermelon.
31. Peas are one the most popular pizza toppings in Brazil
32. There are over 7,500 varieties of apples throughout the world, and it would take you 20 years to try them all if you had one each day.
33. The twists in pretzels are made to look like arms crossed in prayer.
34. Canola oil was originally called rapeseed oil, but renamed by the Canadian oil industry in 1978 to avoid negative connotations. Canola is short for Canadian oil.
35. And no matter what color Froot Loop you eat, they all taste the same.

Saginaw  County:

Downtown  Saginaw  Farmers' Market
  507 S Washington Ave.
  Mondays   1PM - 6PM
  Wednesdays and Fridays  10AM -3PM
  Saturdays  9AM - 1PM
  Closes October 30

Cardinal Square Farmers' Market
  2903  Pierce Rd.
  Tuesdays & Thursdays    1PM - 7PM
  Closes  September 28

Chesaning Farmers' Market
  Corner of Broad & N. Saginaw Streets
  Saturdays  -  900AM - 100PM
  Closes October 14

Frankenmuth Farmers' Market
  534 N. Main St.
  Wednesdays -  300PM  - 700PM
  Saturdays -  800AM - 200PM
  Closes  October 14

Hemlock  Farmers' Market
  Richland Township  Park
  Thursdays  - 400PM - 7PM
  Closes October  12

St. Charles Farmers' Marketplace
  200  Parkway St.
  Tuesdays - 200PM - 7PM
  Closes  October 4

SVSU Farmers'  Market
  7400 Bay Rd
  Thursdays  - 300PM - 530PM
  Closes  October 27


Bay  County:

Downtown  Bay City Farmers' Market 
  800  Jefferson  at Center Ave.
  Tuesdays -  400PM  -700PM
  Thursdays - 1000AM - 400PM
  Closes October 26

Bay  County Farmers' Market
  105 Adams St.  at Columbus Ave.
  Tuesdays & Thursdays   11AM - 5PM
  Closes  October 26

City  Market
  401  Center Ave.
  Tuesday thru Fridays  - 1000AM -700PM
  Saturdays  - 1000AM - 200PM
Open  year round
Midland  County:

Midland Area Farmers' Market
  111 W.  Main St.
  Wednesdays  - 200PM -700PM
  Saturdays  - 700AM - 100PM
  Closes  October 28

Tuscola  County:

Caro  Farmers'  Market
  603 Frank St.
  Saturdays  -  800AM - 100PM
  Closes  October 28

Vassar Farmers'  Market
  Townsend North Pavilion
  Saturdays  -  900AM - 200PM
  Closes  October 28

People love paperwhite narcissus in the winter because they are easy to grow and they add brightness to our long, cloudy winters.  You just nestle the bulbs into gravel in a container, add water until it reaches the bottoms of the bulbs, and in a couple of weeks, you'll have beautiful, powerfully fragrant flowers.  If indoor temps exceed 60 degrees and/or the light is too dim, paperwhites will grow too tall and fall over.  To keep the stems shorter, replace the original water with a mix of 1 part vodka or gin to 7 parts water.  You can use the cheap stuff because paperwhites aren't particular.


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