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Gardening Information

Program Contact: Duane Pitts, Terry Rice, Mark Amara, Program Coordinators
(509) 754-2011 • ga.mgvolunteers@wsu.edu

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Clinic Schedule

WSU Master Gardener Volunteers are available to address your home gardening questions. As our county has undergone many budget/personnel changes in the past couple years, this has impacted how our Master Gardener Volunteers communicate with the public. You may contact a WSU Master Gardener Volunteer with your home gardening questions through the following e-mail address: ga.mgvolunteers@wsu.edu. Messages sent to this address will be answered by the Master Gardener volunteers in a timely manner. For face-to-face contact, or if you have a plant or insect sample that you would like to have identified, please see the Master Gardener volunteers at one of the following locations:

Grand Coulee Farmers Market: North Dam Park
Wednesday; July – September 12; 4:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Moses Lake Farmers Market: McCosh Park (Dogwood Street Side)
Saturday; May – October; 8:00 a.m. – noon.

For help with diagnosis and identification, plant and insect samples can be dropped off at the Extension Office Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you are bringing a sample to a plant clinic for identification or diagnosis, please download: How to Prepare Samples for Identification.

Contact a Master Gardener Volunteer by emailing: ga.mgvolunteers@ad.wsu.edu.

Design a Logo and/or a Poster Contest

Design a Poster Contest:  This contest is open to all.  The winning design will be displayed throughout the Columbia Basin and at the annual Eco-Gardening Symposium in April 2019.

Design a Logo Contest:  This contest is open to all.  The winning design will be used as the official logo for the Columbia Basin Eco-Gardening Symposium.

Contest details and contact information.  Deadline for submission is December 17, 2018.

Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners promote environmentally sound gardening by:

  • Identifying plant or pest problems for the public
  • Providing education on the control of plant or pest problems
  • Teaching, demonstrating, and providing information on:
    • Common Sense Gardening/Integrated Pest Management
    • Landscape Water Conservation
    • Pesticide Reduction
    • Water Quality
    • Kitchen and Yard Waste Composting
    • Answering Questions on Home Horticulture

If you like gardening and would like to know how you can become a WSU Grant/Adams Area Master Gardener Volunteer, please read the Become a Master Gardener Volunteer information below.

Master Gardener Presentations are Available by Request

Is your organization looking for a gardening program? Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who share their enthusiasm for gardening with the public through a variety of educational presentations. View a list of topics and contact information for Master Gardener Presentations Available by Request.

Become a Master Gardener Volunteer

Anyone with a sincere dedication and love for gardening should consider becoming a master gardener volunteer.  The mission of the WSU Extension Master Gardener Program is to train volunteers to be effective community educators in gardening and environmental stewardship.  This program allows volunteers to share knowledge gained through a variety of activities that are meant to fit the needs of our communities in the Grant-Adams Area served by WSU Extension. We train a crop of new Master Gardeners in odd-numbered years.  Please download the Master Gardener Basic Training brochure for more information.

Demonstration Gardens

Master Gardeners feature several educational Demonstration Gardens in the Grant-Adams Area.  Demonstration Gardens are created and maintained by WSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers to teach plant selection and maintenance and sustainable garden practices. Educational brochures, signs and labels and fact sheets are made available to the public. Demonstration Gardens Locations and Information.

Home Orchard Management

Resources

WSU Master Gardener Program

Gardening in Washington State

WSU Publications Store – Gardening

WSU Approved References for Pest Management Recommendations

The Washington Agricultural Weather Network

Washington State Noxious Weed List

Drip Irrigation for the Yard & Garden

Natural Insecticides

Tree Topping: A Practice to Avoid

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

National Pesticide Information Center

Plant Disease Control Guides

Plants for Pollinators in the Inland Northwest

Monthly Tips Garden Calendar

WSU Pestsense Fact Sheets

WSU Hortsense Fact Sheets

Pest Leaflet Series

A Pocket Guide Common Natural Enemies of Crop and Garden Pests in the Pacific Northwest

Raised Beds – Deciding if they Benefit your Vegetable Garden

Drought Tolerant Landscaping for Washington State

Columbia Basin Eco-Gardening Symposium Presentations

The presentations explain research-based principles and practices that conserve natural resources. They provide suggestions for sustainable and pleasing landscapes for homes and gardens in the Columbia Basin.

2017 Presentations:

2016 Presentations:

2015 Presentations:

Grounded Quarterly Newsletter

Current Edition:  August 2018
Past Editions:  Archive

 

Grow Smart, Grow Safe

A consumer guide to lawn and garden products. This consumer guide ranks 600 pesticides, fertilizers and soil amendments, helping you find products least hazardous to people, pets and the planet. In addition, tips from regional experts offer simple ways to reduce pest problems without toxins and safely grow a productive, healthy garden. Authored by Metro regional government in Portland, Oregon and The Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County, Washington.  Grow Smart, Grow Safe searchable interactive directory.

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