Having had the opportunity to meet many of you when I give talks or conduct demonstrations, I know how passionate master gardeners are about spreading research-based information. With that in mind we’re asking you to help us spread the word about the Garden Professors blog and the new Garden Professors Facebook page we are putting together.
Our group includes Linda Chalker-Scott from Washington State, Holly Scoggins, from Virginia Tech, Bert Cregg, from Michigan State, and myself, Jeff Gillman from University of Minnesota. You can read more about how the Garden Professors blog got started in our eXtension feature article
Our goal is to engage the public around research-based gardening and horticulture
We cover topics from new trends, flowers, trees (and tree care), while also debating hot issues such as compost tea, using native vs. exotic plants in the landscape, or GMOs. While there are many differences in gardening across the U.S or even internationally, we find there is a lot of common ground (sometimes even literally) that science can help us understand about how to grow plants.
For example, did you know that adding gravel to the bottom of your containers does NOT improve drainage?
Adding to the Facebook page example above, here are just a few examples of topics we’ve covered on our blog this week:
- Planting Edibles in the City (contemplating favorite edible plants that would work well in cities)
- Why Oh Why? (Trees) buried alive (another example of trees being planted too deeply)
- Closing the Loop (how MSU food waste compost helps grow greens for dining halls)
- Eternal [gardening] optimist (sometimes we just can’t resist the urge to try some plants)
Please stop by our blog or our Facebook page (where we think the comments are just as fun to read as the posts)….And let us know, what questions do you have about gardening that you’d like to see discussed on the Garden Professors blog?