Author: MOBILE MASTER GARDENERS

How to build a succulent bowl

By Judy Weaver/contributing writer It has been my good fortune to become a Master Gardener in three states: New Jersey, Louisiana and Alabama. Two weeks ago Carol Williams and Ellen Huckabay wrote a column about the upcoming Master Gardener class this August in Mobile. For me, becoming a MG was as much about making new friends as it was a great educational opportunity. Gardeners are the nicest people. I say that to share this interview with Davanna Hart, who was our succulent expert in Baton Rouge. Hart has raised cacti and succulents since childhood, but got serious about it...

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Master Gardener class begins in August

Now that you’ve been reading our Ask a Master Gardener column in Lagniappe for almost two years, maybe you’re thinking, “That sounds fun. How can I get involved?” We’re so glad you asked! The Master Gardener program is much more than just 15 daylong gardening classes. It is a volunteer training program by which the Alabama Cooperative Extension System extends its outreach mission to the citizens of Alabama. This program represents an effective partnership between Auburn and Alabama A&M universities and motivated volunteers interested in educating their communities using research-based information. All of the techniques and information we teach...

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Find your inspiration at the Gallery of Gardens

Q: I recently enjoyed the Historic Homes Tour and remembered something similar Master Gardeners offered, visiting various gardens around Mobile. Do you still do that and will you please provide details? A: Perfect timing! You are remembering the Gallery of Gardens, a wonderful event which is a fundraiser offered by Mobile Botanical Gardens. As a partner organization, Mobile County Master Gardeners supports MBG, providing docent guides in each garden on the tour, answering questions and identifying featured plants at each site. A fantastic selection of home gardens will be on the tour this year. Dates of the 2017 Gallery...

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Not your grandmother’s daylilies

Q: I would like to try my hand at daylilies and need some advice. A: You have picked a happy and generous perennial to try. My advice is: Go for it! The first thing most of us picture when someone mentions daylilies is our grandmothers’ common single, orange daylilies blooming around old home places — even in ditches. But those happily fertile and prolific ancestors have produced, with a little help from man, thousands of combinations of color, shape and size, now available to the home gardener. Modern daylilies range from frilly doubles to miniature forms, spider forms, those...

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Get ready … get set … green up!

By Ellen Huckabay/Contributing Writer March ushers in more than just warmer weather, daffodils and shamrocks. This month also means warm-season grasses such as bermudagrass, zoysiagrass, St. Augustine grass and centipede will start coming out of winter dormancy and greening up. What does this mean for homeowners? For March, it means it is time to get prepared for the vigorous summer growing (and mowing!) season ahead. And with April right around the corner, you’ll want to be aware of some other tasks and pests you might encounter in your lawn. If you haven’t had your soil tested in the last...

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