It’s less than three weeks until the Spring Fair. I recently shared a list of topics our Master Gardeners will cover that day. Today I have more details.
The Family Gardening booth is focusing on plants in the veggie garden. There will be a display focusing on plant needs and their growing stages. Using magnification visitors will be able to get a close look at sprouted seeds and stages of germination. There will also be vegetable stamp painting, color sheets and a Spring Fair scavenger hunt with a prize for youth that complete and return to the booth.
Trees and Shrubs
The folks here will have information on natives trees, why they’re desirable and which varieties are suggested. The Master Gardener demonstrations and brochures will focus on tree selection, planting, watering and pruning.
Soil, Mulch & Compost
The Soil, Mulch, and Compost table plans to provide visitors with hands-on displays of different types of mulch, home composting, vermicomposting, and soil types. The visitor can expect to learn how to cope with northeast Kansas’s clay soil, facts and myths about compost, and the proper way to apply and use mulch. The display will also include specific native plant recommendations for clay soils and a website containing links to a multitude of educational sites and documents intended to increase home gardeners’ success and satisfaction with gardening.
Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management is not one specific action or tactic. It is the combination of all actions that reduce the impact of pests while minimizing negative effects on the environment. The display will have examples of good and bad bugs in the garden, handouts which will give websites for additional information for specific pests or diseases in the home garden or lawn. A display will show pest prevention by use of mechanical controls, biological controls and pesticides.
The Tools Booth will be offering cleaning and sharpening of gardening tools between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Do your Gardening Tools need sprucing up? Bring your tired, rusty tools by for a cleaning and sharpening at the Spring Fair. Clean and sharp tools are easier to use, are better for your plants and last longer. We will have various examples of common and perhaps some unique gardening tools in the booth to discuss and aid in answering questions. We will also be providing a one-page “take away” flyer with very basic tips for cleaning and sharpening gardening tools.
Emerald Ash Borer
The Emerald Ash Borer table will have a Power Point playing to address the question, “Are My Ash Trees in Danger?” We’ll have a display to demonstrate ash tree identification, what to look for on your ash tree, treatment options, and trees recommended by K-State Research and Extension for our area. There will be hand-outs, bookmarks, and ID guides to take with you. These include steps to take if you have ash trees, planting instructions for new trees, and recommended resources including websites for Douglas County/K-State EAB information, Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners Hotline, and the K-State Forestry Department. We’ll be available to answer questions and to help Douglas County residents decide how they want to address this recent infestation in our community. The Trees & Shrubs table will be adjacent to also help answer questions.
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