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Table of Contents for October 2019
Learn to Grow in the Garden Series Classes
Planting Garlic
Landscaping with a Purpose
Replenish Your Lawn with More Lawn
Neat Spider Information
Leave the Leaves
Garden Links
Previous Newsletter Link
Need a Speaker for One of Your Meetings or Groups?
Gardening Questions Phone Number
Learn to Grow in the Garden Series
3rd Monday   of the Month

October 21
6:00-7:00 PM
Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center
2400 S Scenic, Springfield, MO 65807


$5 per person per class 

Pay at the door - Registration starts at 5:30 PM

Oct. 21: Winterizing Your Garden 
Brenda Agee, Master Gardener of Greene County
Does your garden need a kick start for next spring? Come join Brenda as she gives tips on mulching, pruning, composting and more to put your garden to bed for the winter.
Planting Garlic Now
Garlic, which is known botanically as Allium sativum, is a vegetable that grows in bulbs. Plant now for an abundance of bulbs come harvest. (Zone 3-5 Plant garlic in late Sept to early Oct; Zones 5-7: Plant in mid to late Oct; Zones 7-9: Plant in late Oct into Nov.) Continue reading here to learn more (including recipes).
Landscaping With a Purpose
In the fragmented ecosystems where we live and work, the importance of diversity in our landscapes cannot be over emphasized. Diversity of native plants, insects, mammals, birds, amphibians…. They all play a crucial role in sustaining a healthy environment. Learn more here.
Replenish Your Lawn With More Lawn
I t's crucial to know if you have (or want to have) a warm-season or cool-season type turfgrass species in your lawn. A simple question to ask is "Did my lawn turn completely tan or brown last winter and not green up until spring?" Read on here.
Neat Spider Information
Are your spidy senses up? Here is some very interesting information about the creepy crawlers that might actually make you like them.

Leave the Leaves
Savvy gardeners know that keeping fallen leaves on their property benefits wildlife and the environment. Traditionally, leaf removal has entailed three steps: Rake leaves (or blow) into piles, transfer the piles to bags (to be) hauled off to a landfill.
Yet, increasingly, conservationists say these actions not only harm the environment but rob your garden of nutrients while destroying wildlife habitat. The alternative? “Let fallen leaves stay on your property,” says National Wildlife Federation Naturalist David Mizejewski. Read on to learn more here.
Need a Speaker for a Meeting or Group?
Master Gardeners of Greene County are available 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.

Donating to MU Extension

Without MU Extension, there would be no Master Gardeners.
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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Master Gardeners of Greene County, Missouri