Master Gardeners of

Greene County Newsletter

February 2024

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TABLE OF CONTENTS - February 2024

All of Your Gardening Questions

Become a Master Gardener In-Person Classes

Planning Your 2024 Vegetable Garden Continued

Types of Peppers

Lawn and Garden Show 2024

Eagle Days in Missouri

Pruning Workshops for Smart Gardeners

I Should Water This Plant Every...

Buy Native Trees and Shrubs (MDC)

Organic Gardening Online Course

Veterans Can Learn Beekeeping Classes

Meaning of Rose Colors

Conventional Vegetable Production Series - Zoom Classes

Food Preservation Ongoing Online Classes

Weekly Lawn and Garden Hour with MU Extension

Home Gardeners: Webinar Series Classes

Researched Based Articles

Cicadas: Two Broods

Native Plants

Flowers and More

Other Articles

Author's Corner

Six Vegetables That Were Developed from the Same Plant

Other Newsletters of Interest for Winter Reading

MORE Classes and Courses

Garden Links

Get Your Soil Tested Now

One Last Thought

Previous Month's Newsletter Link

Need a Speaker for One of Your Meetings or Groups?

Gardening Questions Hotline - Phone, Email and Web Questionnaire

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Winter/Spring Gardening Questions?

Readers statewide can pose questions by calling 417-874-2963 and one of the trained volunteers staffing the Master Gardener Hotline will call you back. Please leave a message at 417-874-2963 or email us at with your question and information to contact you or fill out an 'Ask A Master Gardener' form. This is our off season and Master Gardeners check the Hotline several times per week to answer calls. Learn more here. There will be someone in the office on Thursdays to collect soil samples for testing. Call before coming in.

Become a Master Gardener In-Person Classes

Dates have now been set for the 2024 in-person Master Gardener training classes in Springfield. Please see the schedule listed below.

Orientation sessions will be held on Tues. April 23rd and Wed. April 24th from 6:00pm -8:00pm . You only have to attend one orientation session.

Classes will be held in the evening April 30th thru July 2nd from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the Springfield Botanical Center, located at 2400 S. Scenic Ave. in Springfield. Most will be held on Tuesdays or Thursdays, but there are a few Mondays and a Wednesday in there, too. 

There is a lot of interest in this year’s class and registration will be limited to 50 people. These 50 people will be selected based on their commitment to fulfill volunteer requirements (30 hours the first year; 20 hours plus 6 continuing education hours each year after that) and become an active member of the Master Gardeners of Greene County, Christian County Master Gardeners, or Ozark Gateway Master Gardeners in the Joplin/Carthage area. Details on this will be provided at orientation.

The cost to attend the class series is $200 per person and we will go over the registration process at orientation.

Class topics include Soil Health, Insects, Botany, Home Vegetable Production, Herbaceous Ornamentals, Turfgrass, Home Fruit Production, Plant Diseases and Diagnostics, Landscape Design, Trees, and Plant Propagation. We will also be doing garden walks and hands-on activities at each class.

If you are interested in the training, please choose an orientation date (April 23rd or April 24th) and email Kelly McGowan with your name, phone number, email address and which orientation date you will be attending. The email address is or call 417-874-2955.

2024 Class Schedule (all classes and orientation sessions are from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Botanical Center; day/date fluctuations are due to room and speaker availability)

Class Dates: • Tues., April 30 • Thurs., May 2 • Tues., May 7 • Monday, May 13 • Wed., May 15 • Thurs., May 23 • Tues., May 28 • Thurs., May 30 • Tues., June 4 • Thurs., June 6 • Mon., June 17 • Tues., June 25 • Thurs., June 27 • Tues., July 2

Class times rotate from year to year; evening classes in 2024, afternoon classes in 2025, etc. If you can’t attend this year’s evening class, but would like to be on the contact list for next year’s afternoon class, just email Kelly McGowan at

There is an online option that will take place this fall. The online classes cover the same curriculum, but doesn’t have the hands-on component of the in-person classes. It will be listed in this newsletter.

For questions, contact Kelly McGowan email: or call: 417-874-2955.

Planning Your 2024 Vegetable Garden Continued


It's that that time of the year! 'Planning Your 2024 Vegetable Garden' was first featured in our MGGC January 2024 Newsletter. If you are a new or seasoned gardener, MU Extension Master Gardeners of Greene County has information and guides to assist you with 'Planning Your 2024 Vegetable Garden.' In last month's issue for review are the New USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, Raised-Bed Gardening, Your Gardening Journal, Vegetable Planting Guide plus many more topics are included here.

More will follow monthly, or you may do an online search by topic at this MU Extension website here.

Are my seeds still good? Testing seed germination Post by Ken Johnson for Univ. Ill. Extension Jan. 20, 2023: Unfortunately, as seeds get older, their germination rate decreases. Fortunately, there is an easy way to test your seeds to see if planting them will be worthwhile. Learn how here.

Vegetable Planting Calendar

Both first time gardeners and seasoned professionals can benefit from the 'Vegetable Planting Calendar' available from MU Extension. The guide provides a complete list of planting dates and varieties that do well in Missouri." If you live within the Ozarks plateau, you may want to follow the north Missouri planting dates due to the possibility of late spring frosts,” said Patrick Byers, MU Extension. “If you follow the south Missouri planting dates for spring plantings, be prepared to cover plants for frost protection.” The guide also provides information on the following: how much to plant per person; how much seed to purchase for a 100-foot row; row spacing; inches between plants in the row; depth of planting; days from planting to eating; and vitamin content of the vegetable. You may read and obtain a copy of the Vegetable Planting Calendar guide sheet online here.

Garden Journal and Calendar  

This is a must have for every gardener. You can tell from year to year what is going on with your garden. You can record what you planted and how well it did or not, and whether or not there was a drought or too much rain.

'From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar' by MU Extension is a garden journal for Missouri gardeners, as well as a how-to guide and information resource. It provides a place to keep all gardening information, plans and notes together. Learn more details and order your copy online today here.

Types of Peppers

Please note that the Habanero and the Scotch Bonnet are VERY hot and not in the right place. Check their rating before biting into one of these.

Lawn and Garden Show 2024

Lawn & Garden Show 2024 Ushers in Spring,

Friday thru Sunday, Feb. 23-25!

A weekend of shopping and presentations that will have you enjoying your outside space in no time! Over 100 exhibitors offer one-stop shopping for all your Lawn & Garden needs.

The Master Gardeners of Greene County will be there to answer any of your gardening questions. Come see us at our booth. Bring friends.

Featured speaker, Nancy Lawson is the author of The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife and Wildscape.

Also, educational seminars by local speakers from Master Gardeners of Greene County, and others.

Admis is $5. Kids 6 & under free. Park free! Details with schedules here.

Eagle Days in Missouri

Still going on.

By MDC: Best places for winter eagle viewing Missouri's winter eagle watching is spectacular. If you can’t make it to one of our many Eagle Days events (check out the calendar using the link below), browse our best-places list for locations to enjoy eagle-viewing on your own (use link below). From late December through early February, watch for eagles perched in large trees along the water’s edge. Get out early in the morning to see the eagles flying and fishing. More details about 'Eagle Days' local events and best places for winter eagle viewing here.

Pruning Workshops for Smart Gardeners

Online Wednesday Feb. 21st

1:00pm to 5:00pm

Suggested by David Trinklein State Master Gardener Coordinator in MOMAGA News: Michigan State University Extension is gearing up for another round of online pruning workshops. These sessions engage participants with easy-to-understand presentations. Students are encouraged to submit photos for group class discussions. For complete details, go here.

Buy Native Trees and Shrubs

From Missouri Dept of Conservation (MDC) State Forest Nursery. Place orders now here.

PLUS: Need trees and shrubs for your landscape? Go native with tree and shrub seedlings from the Missouri Dept of Conservation (MDC). They can help improve wildlife habitat and soil and water conservation while improving the appearance and value of property. Continue reading here. 

Pictured is the American Fringe Tree.


Access anytime (Still available)

Information shared by David Trinklein, MU Extension, Missouri State Master Gardener Coordinator July 31, 2023: Oregon State University Extension has just announced the availability of a new online course in organic gardening.

The course builds on the basics of gardening and provides students with a better understanding of organic gardening techniques & methods and how to apply them to your own garden.

On demand, access any time, 15-30 hours online, price $250. For additional details, go here.

Veterans Can Learn Beekeeping Skills for Peace and Income

Heroes to Hives - Veterans find peace, skills and income with MU Extension FREE program.

This program seeks to address financial and personal wellness of military veterans through professional training and community development centered around beekeeping.

Learn more details about MU Extension’s 'Heroes to Hives' program here.

Rose Color Meanings

Food Preservation

This ongoing self-paced course provides research based information needed to safely and successfully preserve food at home. Participants of all levels of food preservation experience are welcome, including individuals with little or no previous food preservation experience. This course covers pressure canning, boiling water bath canning, steam canning, dehydration, and freezing. Highlights include preserving salsas, pie fillings, pickling, sweet spreads, and harvesting and storage of produce.

Registration is $30.00

Click here for more information and registration.

Get your Lawn and Garden Questions Answered

at the Garden Hour with MU Extension

Virtual Town Hall: Mandy D. Bish - MU Extension Specialists will address lawn, garden, and insect questions during the 'Garden Hour' with MU Extension. NOW EVERY Wednesday of the month from 12-1pm. The virtual event is free. To register for the virtual event and/or ask a gardening question, please visit.

To see recordings from previous events, please check out the YouTube videos on the MU Extension IPM channel here.

For more information visit.  Or contact Mandy D. Bish, MU Plant Science & Technology at (573) 882-9878 or email: 

HOME GARDENERS: Webinar Wednesday

A Series by Kentucky Extension Hort. News - Review the last 4 years of archived videos with home gardeners in mind. Take your time, watch the ones that are beneficial to your gardening needs.

Watch them all on our YouTube Channel here.

Researched Based Articles

2024 All-American Program Selections (AAS) - Flowers & Vegetables by David Trinklein, MU Plant Science & Tech Jan 19, 2020: The non-profit AAS program was established to identify flowers and vegetables that are the "best of the best." Each year, new ornamentals and edibles are entered into the AAS trial program... The following represent the AAS winners for 2024 and merit the attention of serious gardeners throughout the nation. Continue here.

Tree Myths and Misconceptions by Vincent Cotrone for Penn State Extension Dec 19, 2023: Scientific research helps us debunk common tree myths and understand how to keep trees healthy and safe by understanding how trees work. Learn more here.

Have Fungus Gnats? 'Fungus Gnats Management Guide' by UC IPM: Fungus gnats are small flies that infest soil, potting mix, other container media, and other sources of organic decomposition. Their larvae primarily feed on fungi and organic matter in soil, but also chew roots and can be a problem in greenhouses, nurseries, potted plants and interior plantscapes. Adult fungus gnats may emerge from houseplants indoors and become a nuisance. Learn more here.

Greater Prairie-Chicken by MDC Field Guide: Where to find in MO? Native prairie and some grasslands in the Osage Plains and Glaciated Plains; small numbers survive in St. Clair and Harrison counties. Learn more here.

When It's Okay (or Not) to Feed Birds by Melissa Groo for National Audubon Society, Republished January 2024: Providing food—for photography or simple enjoyment—can be a thorny issue. For guidance, ask yourself these three questions. To learn more continue reading here.

Cicadas: Two Broods

'Billions of cicadas bring buzzy magic to Missouri in 2024' by writer Linda Geist For MU Extension, Jan. 29, 2024: Billions of cicadas will buzz this spring as two broods, in 13- and 17- year life cycles, emerge at the same time. These broods last emerged together in 1803 and won’t appear together again for 221 years, says MU Extension specialist Tamra Reall. Learn the details here.

This will happen across 16 states in the Midwest and Southern states and won't happen again until 2245.

Please DO NOT spray them as it does not kill them.

Flowers and More

2024: Year of the African Violet by David Trinklein MU Plant Science & Tech Jan 5, 2024: Just in time to brighten the dull, dreary days of January, the National Garden Bureau has named African violet as its houseplant of the year for 2024. Their choice is an excellent one. Few plants give more enjoyment while asking for little in return than African violet. Learn more here.

Roses: Care After Planting Including Winter Protection by David H. Trinklein, MU Horticulture State Specialist, Division of Plant Sciences: Roses are among our most treasured garden plants. However, proper care after planting is essential to develop plants into beautiful, productive specimens. Learn more about proper rose care from this MU Extension Guide here.

TWO LINKS: Camellia (Camellia sinensis & Camellia oleifera) two species by Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder: Winter hardy to USDA Zones 7-9 or 10 where this evergreen shrub is typically grown in organically rich, acidic, well-drained soils with consistent moisture in part shade locations. (Missouri is divided into five USDA plant hardiness zones: 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b. According to the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, the "Bootheel" of Missouri falls under zones 7a and 7b. This means that the average minimum temp in this region ranges from 0°F to 10°F. To make sure of your zone you can check a USDA Zone online by zip code, call your local county MU Extension office or quality local plant nursery / seller. as you probably know, there are a number of camellia types, over 250 species with many cultivars and hybrids.) Learn more about growing these two camellias here and here.

THREE LINKS: Lilac Care: 'Growing and Planting Lilac Bush Plants' by Nikki Tilley for Gardening Know How. Learn more here.

PLUS: Do Lilacs Transplant Well? 'Learn How and When to Transplant Lilacs' Answer by Teo Spengler for Gardening Know How here.

AND: Pruning Lilac Bushes: When To Trim Lilac Bushes by Nikki Tilley for Gardening Know How: Pruning lilac bushes / trees on a regular basis keeps them from becoming overgrown, too tall and unmanageable. Read more here.

Other Articles

IS YOUR YARD UNDERGROWN? By Nancy Lawson, The Humane Gardener Jan. 17, 2024: Once entirely turf, this area of our habitat is now filled with volunteer tulip trees and staghorn sumacs as well as sea oats, sedges, irises, ostrich ferns, sedums, Virginia bluebells, and many more native treasures. Far from being “overgrown,” it’s simply growing in as nature intended. Learn more here.

NOTE: Nancy Larson is the featured speaker at the Lawn and Garden Show this year. Information above.

What’s Up With ‘Sterile Cultivars’? by Lisa Lofland Gould, NC Native Plant Society: Native plants are the backbone of ecosystems. Sterile cultivars are not the ecological equivalent. Why should we avoid sterile cultivars? What’s a cultivar? And what has happened when we try to breed sterility into invasive plant species? Learn more, pdf here.

A tip from an arborist: If you see these hanging in your trees, remove them before the spring! This is a bagworm cocoon full of hundreds of eggs. If they hatch, they can defoliate the tree, and nearby trees, and can cause significant damage. They prefer evergreens but will attack almost any tree. Be on the lookout! Learn more 'How to Get Rid of Bagworms' by Marie Iannotti for The Spruce here.

How Might Tomatoes Provide Health Benefits? by USDA ARS News Service Jan 18, 2024: Studies in animals have shown that incorporating tomatoes into the diet can reduce the prevalence of chronic illnesses... Scientists at USDA ARS and The Ohio State Univ (OSU) have been working to investigate how tomatoes may be imparting health benefits in a recently published study. Continue reading here.

MDC encourages homeowners to check their trees for storm damage by Maddie Est for MDC Jan 2024: Storm damage to trees can lead to structural issues with the tree which may pose a threat to your property... it is important to check on the stability of your trees post-storm. Read more here.

Author's Corner:

A Short Story by Angela Hutsell

'The Story of the Persian Lime Tree' by Angela Hutsell for Master Gardeners of Greene County Chapter News Jan 5, 2024

I wanted to share with you some information on my little Persian Lime tree. I rescued this little thing from the “almost dead” rack at Walmart. I have never grown a fruit tree of any kind and certainly never thought I would start with a citrus. 

I did not have high hopes for it since it was so far gone and that it likely prefers a more tropical climate than what we have here in SW Missouri! But as we all should, I took a chance. I potted it up in a 5-gallon pot, green, so I could remember it was a lime, and set it out in the garden. 

It didn’t do much this year, but it was still alive and looking good when I put it in the greenhouse for the winter. I was doing my watering the other day and noticed some tiny blooms and what I think are quite possibly some baby limes. Now I know we are a long way from making limeade but it’s a start folks! 

Moral of the story is this: experiment with things you have no knowledge of and remember to be kind – rescue the “almost dead” ones, they could surprise you! ~Angie

Six Vegetables That Were

Developed from the Same Plant

Other Newsletters of Interest for Winter Reading

The Garden Spade Newsletter January 2024 by MU Extension, Articles Include: USDA New Revised Plant Hardiness Zone Map + Wear a Lei + Avocado + Gardening in the New Year + Do You Know the Difference? + What is It? + Kids Ask Dr. Bug + Gardening Tips & Tasks + Upcoming Webinar Garden Series, Events, Flyers, Read News PDF Here.

AMERICAN HOSTA SOCIETY JANUARY 2024 NEWSLETTER: Please take some time to read this newest eNewsletter by the American Hosta Society. It is packed with interesting information about our favorite plant, pdf here.

Shared from Greater Ozarks Hosta Society

Missouri Prairie Foundation News Jan 30, 2024 Topics Protecting Prairies & Promoting Native Plants: Register by Feb 9th Workshop with Alan Branhagen + Prairie Bird Outings + Update on HB 2412 Missouri Invasive Plant Bill + Winter Issue of MoIP Enewsletter Now Available + Winter Prairie Exploration + Ecology Hike + World Wetlands Day + Read the Details & More here.

Preserve It Fresh, Preserve It Safe - Newsletter 2024 No.1 Jan./Feb.: A newsletter for those who preserve food at home. Contents include: Home Canning for Family vs Home Canning for Sale + Canning for Variety in Meal Planning + Review 2023 Issues + Related Programs Include - Food Preservation & Food Safety. Details and more here.

Home Garden News by Penn State Extension Feb. 1 2024 Topics: Taxonomy for Gardeners + Pruning Needled Evergreens + Evergreen Perennials + Cherries in the Garden and the Kitchen + Top Annual Plant Picks + Yarrow Herb of the Year + Home Gardening Categories + Online Learning Opportunities. Details on all of this and more here.

Home Garden News January 2024 by Penn. State Extension Master Gardeners Topics: Houseplants, providing insights into cultivating an indoor oasis + Strategies for dealing with houseplant pests + Necessary and unnecessary houseplant gear + Gain insight into winter holiday plant care. Plus, Home Gardening Categories to Explore + Additional Online Learning Opportunities. Details here.

Lawn & Garden Newsletter by MU Extension Jan. 4, 2024 Topics: Online Master Gardener Training Register by Jan 12 for Session on Jan 14 + 'Starting a Vegetable Garden' Webinar 5 Part Series + Video on Deer Control Around Your Garden + Jan Garden Tips & Tasks + Review Past Issues. Details and more here.

Nutrition, Food & Fitness News by MU Extension Jan 9, 2024 Topics: It's National Slow Cooker Month! + Food Preservation Online Course + Chronic Pain Self-Management Free Online Course + Connect with MU Extension, details and more here.

Missouri Produce Growers Video Newsletter by MU Ext. Hort. Team Jan 12, 2024 Topics: Low Tunnel & Value-added Workshops + Small Fruit Webinar Series + Think Summer... Let's Talk Tomatoes + Tax Credits for Specialty Crops & Urban Farmers + Enroll Your Farm in the MO Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program + Publications & Upcoming Class Offerings for MO Growers. Details and more here.

Natural Resources Newsletter January 2024 by MU Extension NR Team Jan. 12, 2024 Topics: Forest Ecology & Mgmnt. + MDC 'Winter Tree ID' Free Online Workshop Jan. 27 + Wildlife Ecology & Mgmnt + Nesting Boxes +American holly (Ilex opaca) + Webinar Series, Classes, Topics List. Review Details here.

Friends of the Garden News January 20, 2024: Nature's Frosty Flourish A Crystal Canvas + Upcoming Events Include Babes & Brunch + Couples Craft Night + Master Gardeners of Greene County, Newsletter January 2024 + Interested in Purchasing a Tribute? ❄ Plus more news, read here. 

Friends of the Garden is the nonprofit organization devoted to maintaining and enhancing the Springfield Botanical Gardens. Visit their website here.

February Gardening Tips, Tricks & Tasks News by MU Extension Staff Jan. 22, 2024: Winter temps are here! Find these tips to keep you busy in and around the garden during the month of February. Topics: Outdoor Flowering Plants & Ornamentals ✚ Indoor Plants ✚ Vegetable Gardening ✚ Fruits & Nuts. Learn more here.

Engaged Neighbor Newsletter January 24, 2024 by David Burton MU Extension: News for individuals interested in neighboring; improving their neighborhood and community. Review timely, relevant, useful, research-based articles from MU Extension. Read here.

Monarch & Milkweed Project News by Journey North Team Jan. 24, 2024 Topic: 'Jan Cold Fronts Move In' by Nancy Sheeha: Winter temps experienced across much of the US and Canada. Monarchs Overwinter in Southeast U.S. + From the Mexico Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve Estela Romero describes where the monarch colonies are at the El Rosario and Sierra Chincua Sanctuaries. Read how cold temps are impacting the area here.

Missouri Conservationist Magazine Online February 2024 by MDC.Featuring: 'Chasing the Buzz' Bumble Bee Atlas improves understanding, conservation of threatened species + 'Prairie on the Patio' Containers offer native plant options for limited landscapes + 'The Angler’s Friend' MDC’s warm-and cold-water hatcheries keep Missouri’s waterways stocked. Details plus much more here.

Missouri Produce Growers Video Newsletter by MU Hort. Team Jan. 26, 2024 Topics: Apple Grafting from A to Z + Selling at the Farmers Market Webinar Series + Pruning Blueberries + Planning Your Small Acreage Farm Business + Writing a Job Description for Farm Hires + Upcoming Classes, Workshops, Publications, News & More for MO Growers! Details here.

More Classes and Courses

Starting a Vegetable Garden

Webinar Series by MU Extension, published January 2024: This series is to assist beginning home gardeners in successfully growing their vegetable garden. Learn all the basics from planning the garden, soils, variety selection and garden management. All five sessions run on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and are virtual. Cost: $50.

Feb 5 - Session 1: Planning the Garden

Feb 12 - Session 2: Cool Season Crops

Feb 19 - Session 3: Warm Season Crops

Feb 26 - Session 4: Soils

Mar 4 - Session 5: Herbs

Questions? Contact Donna Aufdenberg, MU Extension Field Specialist in Horticulture, email:, phone: 573-243-3581.

Register here.

2024 Series of Online Plant Classes

Dr David Trinklein, MU Extension, Missouri State Master Gardener Coordinator noted in a recent Missouri Master Gardener Association Newsletter: All classes are open to the public. North Carolina State University Extension has announced it is offering a series of online plant classes this year. The lineup includes these and more:

1.- Understanding Plants, March 11 - April 22, 2024, Details here.

2.- Plant Propagation May 13 - June 24, 2024, Details here.

3.- Annuals, Perennials, Vines and Groundcovers: Identification and Use, July 15 - August 25, 2024, Details here.

4.- Trees, Shrubs, and Conifers: Identification and Use, September 23 - November 4, 2024, Details here.

For more detailed information, go to here.

Invest in Yourself with Online Learning

Penn. State Extension Announces: Start the new year off right with this offer from Penn State Extension. Choose from over one hundred affordable, noncredit courses. Get on-demand access to Penn. State experts in topics like those listed here.

If you have any questions or need additional information as you go through the process call the customer service team at: 1-877-345-0691

Missouri residents are welcome!

February's Tips and Tasks

Cold Tolerant Indoor Plants

Get Birds Flocking to Your House

10 Themes for Your Garden

Winter Pruning Tips

10 Plants for Windy Areas

Straw Bale Greenhouse

How to Grow Potatoes in a Container

The Secrets to Seed Starting

6 Things to do With Old Potting Soil

How to get Your Amaryllis to Rebloom

Why You Should be Planting Grass in the Winter

Get Your Soil Tested Now

Basic soil testing analysis is done by the MU Soil Lab in partnership with our Master Gardeners of Greene County. Results include fertilizer and lime recommendations. Additional tests are available for nutrient management plans, environmental issues, potting mixes, compost, manure and water usage.

Each sample should contain a total of 2 cups of dry soil and from 6 to 7 inches deep and about 5 or 6 different areas. Results are typically provided within two weeks.

Bring the soil sample(s) to the Greene (or your local county office) County Extension office between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursdays. Master Gardeners can complete the paperwork and submit your test. One of our extension specialists will review your results. In most cases, gardens, lawns and fields should be tested every two years.

The cost is $30 per sample. Feel free to call if you have any questions:


A LAST THOUGHT Have you been to the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave, Springfield, MO? If not plan a group or family winter's visit today. In addition to the many beautiful floral and demonstration gardens, a number of gardening organizations are headquartered there, including MU Greene County Extension office and the Master Gardeners of Green County Hotline. Questions call 417-891-1515 or tour the gardens and all of the other attractions online.

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Need a Speaker for a Meeting or Group?

Master Gardeners of Greene County are available at this time to speak to garden clubs, civic organizations, schools and other groups on a wide variety of topics within the world of gardening, horticulture, landscaping and the environment.

Please keep us in mind for a future date.

For more information.

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Gifts from individual donors support MU Extension's educational programs in Greene County. Primarily, we receive cash donations by check or online with a credit card and the non-cash donation of vehicles.

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