Volunteer Spotlight: Ron Hogan
Colorado Master Gardener℠ (CMG) volunteers are a dedicated group of individuals who are knowledgeable and passionate about sharing gardening, landscape and horticulture education. This month we are highlighting Ron Hogan.
When did you join the Colorado Master Gardener program and why did you join?
I saw the information on our neighborhood blog and thought it would be interesting. I was right. I’ve been in the program since 2019.

What is your favorite CMG activity and why?

I love serving at the Colorado Center for the Blind. The students there are so interested and interesting. Every week the garden changes and our harvests are very good. Even when we have to deal with Japanese beetles, we have a good time and make a difference for the CCB students!
Outdoor Education in 2021
By Lucinda Greene, Colorado Master Gardener Program Coordinator and Assistant Horticulturist
Photo: Colorado State University
The Foothills to Plains Native Plant Master program is expanding rapidly in 2021. In addition to the 3-part Native Plant Master track, many new classes designed to meet a variety of age groups and knowledge levels will be offered in Arapahoe, Douglas and Elbert counties.

Native Plant Master (NPM) volunteers are educators who present information to the public about native plants and their role in local ecosystems through nature hikes, meetings at open spaces and online presentations. Persons interested in becoming a volunteer educator with the Native Plant Master program should complete the application on the Native Plant Master program page. To become a Native Plant Master, students complete three 12-hour classes in various life zones, and then complete 60 public contacts. Students who want to take the NPM classes but do not wish to serve as a volunteer educator will earn a Colorado Flora certificate upon completion of 36 hours in the 3-part NPM courses.
Vegetable Varieties for Container Planting
By Kathi Thistlethwaite, Colorado Master Gardener
This is the fifth of a six-part series focusing on container gardening in Colorado.    

How rewarding it is to grow vegetables at home! The July-August 2020 issue of The Garden Buzz newsletter focused on container vegetable gardening basics to guide gardeners in the use of pots, buckets, bags or vertical growing systems. The CSU Container Gardening Fact Sheet and the chart below can help gardeners purchase the proper plant varieties for the best container size. Varieties can be found at local garden centers or online seed companies. Whether using plants or growing from seed, the varieties are ideal for containers.
Photo: scrubbygreen
From the Hort Desk
All About Wasps - Part III - Solitary Hunting Wasps
Check out the previous articles on wasps! Part I covered the purpose of wasps and questions on the Asian Giant Hornet. Part II covered the basics of social wasps and control options for two nuisance wasp species: the Western yellowjacket and the European paper wasp.

Solitary Hunting Wasps

Solitary hunting wasps have a very different life cycle than social wasps. Their life cycle is like solitary bees. One of the differences between solitary wasps and bees is their food source. Female bees provide pollen and nectar provisions for their young. Solitary wasps are carnivores and provide caterpillars and other arthropod provisions for their young.
Lisa Mason
CSU Extension Horticulture Agent
Photo: Pollen wasps visiting Penstemon flowers, Cheryl Mason
Pollen wasps (subfamily Masarinae) are one exception to this rule. Pollen wasps provide pollen and nectar for their young. You can often observe them visiting Penstemon flowers. Most solitary wasps feed on arthropods, but sometimes you may see adult wasps feeding on flower nectar for energy.
Decoding Seed Packet Language
By Judy Kunz, Colorado Master Gardener
Illustration: clipart-library
For some of us, the wording on a seed packet seems to speak a foreign language. Listed below are a few of the more common terms that are used and their meanings.

Annual: Annual plants grow, bloom and die within one season.
Biennial: Seeds produce a plant that blooms in the second year and then dies at the end of that season.
Botanical Name: A worldwide method of classifying plants in Latin that is unique to each plant. In practice since the 1700s, it is used to describe a plant for its physical characteristics like shape and color and many times includes the country of origin. Example: The name of the genus and species of a carrot is Phaseolus vulgaris.
The Scoop on Garden Soil
By Judy Kunz, Colorado Master Gardener
Photo: depositphotos
There are more microorganisms in a handful of healthy soil than there are people on the earth. Our very lives depend on its vitality. Soil not only supports the plants that release oxygen and provide us with food, but it also cleans the air and stores carbon. For a healthy, productive garden with flowers, vegetables and fruit that look like they're from a magazine photograph, start with what's under your feet. Doing the work now will help achieve the results you are looking for and give plants a good start.
I Didn't Know That!
By Donnetta Wilhelm, Colorado Master Gardener
Have you ever seen this in the garden? It is rose crown gall, caused by bacteria that enters through wounds, grafting, or insect damage. Galls on roses are generally found at the crown, just below the soil surface, or on the roots. The bacteria can spread through the soil, so control is difficult. Established, mature plants can tolerate the bacteria and can remain in the landscape but it can kill younger plants or those that are susceptible to the gall. Managing crown gall is best done through prevention: closely inspect new plants before planting, disinfect pruning tools after use on infected plants and avoid planting susceptible plants.
Photos: Martha Kirk
Colorado Hairstreak Butterfly
By Martha Kirk, Colorado Master Gardener
Photo: Colorado Hairstreak butterfly, statesymbolsusa.org
The Colorado Hairstreak butterfly has just been commemorated on a new postage stamp! This beautiful butterfly is the state insect for Colorado and can be seen in the foothills around its host plant, Quercus gambelii (gambel oak).
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