NDSU Extension - Morton County


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March 4, 2019 Spring Garden Forums

Vanessa Hoines, NDSU Extension, Family and Community Wellness

Dates to Remember:

March 12 – Morton County Ag Day, Bismarck, 9am

March 13 – Field to Fork webinar:  Let’s Not Waste Food 2pm

March 13 – Fumigation Certification, New Salem 12:30pm

March 19 – General Pesticide Certification, Morton County Courthouse, Mandan, 6:00pm

March 20 – Field to Fork webinar:  One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Four, 2pm

March 25 – Spring Garden Forum:  Vegetables, Morton County Courthouse, Mandan, 6:30pm

March 27 – Field to Fork webinar:  How to Identify, Manage and Prevent Diseases in Your Garden, 2pm

April 1 - Spring Garden Forum:  Fruits and Soils, Morton County Courthouse, Mandan, 6:30pm

April 3 - Field to Fork webinar:  Pollinator Garden, 2pm


Spring Garden Forums

Would you like expert tips to help you care for your yard and garden? Then Spring Fever Garden Forums are for you! North Dakota State University Extension is offering a series of garden forums this spring.

Live presentations from NDSU will be delivered to Extension offices across the state. Educators will be there to share educational materials and expertise. Free samples of bulbs and seeds will be provided to participants at these sites. The sessions are free.

There will be three brief presentations each night. The forums will run on Monday nights: March 25, April 1, April 8 and April 15. All forums run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. CT at the Morton County Courthouse, 210 2nd Ave NW, Mandan.  To register call the NDSU Extension office at 667-3340.  Registration is requested.

Gardeners may also participate online in their homes if they would prefer.  To register to view the forums at home visit the Spring Garden Forum website at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/springfever.

The following topics will be presented.

March 25


Is There a Better Way to Grow Tomatoes? - Harlene Hatterman-Valenti, High-Value Crops
We will review the steps you can take to have early fruit set and summarize recent research on producing tomatoes.

Hydroponics at Home - Chiwon Lee, Greenhouse and Vegetable Specialist
Learn how to grow leafy vegetables using hydroponic techniques. Enjoy fresh salads year round or sell your produce for profit.

Top Vegetable Varieties for ND - Tom Kalb, Extension Horticulturist
Hundreds of gardeners across our state evaluate promising varieties every year. Learn which varieties perform best.


April 1

Fruits and Soils

Raspberry Cultivars for ND - Wenhao Dai, Woody Plant Physiology
Learn which summer- and fall-bearing raspberry cultivars grow best in North Dakota.

Pruning Shrubs for Fruits and Beauty - Kathy Wiederholt, Fruit Project Manager
Shrubs in your yard will be healthier, better looking and more fruitful when pruned.

Consumer Guide to Soil Test Kits - Chris Augustin, Soils Specialist
We have compared soil test kits on garden soils, potting mixes and compost. Learn which kit provides the most reliable results.


April 8

Trees and Shrubs

Tree Maintenance— Spring and Summer - Joe Zeleznik, Extension Forester
Sometimes trees can use a little TLC. We will discuss some of the “do’s and don’ts.”

Ash Replacement Trees - Todd West, Woody Plant Introductions
North Dakota is on the edge of the emerald ash borer infestation. What should we be planting to replace ash?

Hip and Happening Hydrangeas! - Esther McGinnis, Extension Horticulturist
Demystify the process of growing hydrangeas by learning about hardy species, fertilizers and pruning.


April 15

Lawns and Gardens

Proper Mowing - Alan Zuk, Turf Specialist
We will describe mowing strategies that help your lawn to be healthy and vigorous. Rotary mower maintenance will also be discussed.

Bring the Outdoors In: Fresh-Cut Flowers - Barb Laschkewitsch, Research Specialist
Brighten up your home with vases of fresh-cut flowers and foliage. We will introduce you to the best plants and provide tips on growing, harvesting and caring for them.

Beyond the Honey Bee - Travis Prochaska, Crop Protection Specialist
Honey bees are well known, but there are other pollinators and beneficial insects in our gardens.  We will discuss how to enhance populations of lesser known pollinators.

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