Tri-County Master Gardener Class – Fall 2019

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Orientation / August 8, 2019                         TN Valley Research Station

ORIENTATION                                                        Guest Lecturer:  Rhonda Britton

Volunteer Opportunities                                                Presidents of Local Associations

Objectives

  • Welcome to program
  • Review schedules and program requirements
  • Understand rights and responsibilities as a student in the program
  • Meet program staff and class participants

REQUIRED Reading Assignment for after Orientation:  AL Master Gardener Handbook, Chapter 1

 Additional Resources Online:

IN CLASS Handouts:


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Class 1/ August 15, 2019                               TN Valley Research Station

BASIC BOTANY / PLANT PHYSIOLGY     Guest Lecturer: Dr. Rudy Pacumbaba

Objectives:

  • Review basic plant parts/structures and their functions in plant growth and development
  • Understand relationship of photosynthesis and respiration to plant growth and development
  • Identify the basic requirements for plant growth including the 12 essential elements
  • Recognize the process by which plants absorb essential elements

 REQUIRED Reading Assignment for Basic Botany:

 

SERVICE REPORT AND REGISTRATION                   Guest Lecturer:  Deen Rice

HARVEST FOR HEALTH                                         Guest Lecturer:  Acacia Moore

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Class 2 / August 22, 2019                              TN Valley Research Station

ENTOMOLOGY                                                           Guest Lecturer:  Chris Becker

Objectives:

  • Learn to identify and control various types of common insects
  • Become familiar with the principles of pesticide safety

REQUIRED Reading Assignment for Entomology:

  • Alabama Master Gardener Handbook, Chapter 4; Chapter 9, pages 197-201;

Chapter 10, pages 283-289; Chapter 11, pages 323-329.

Additional Resources for Entomology:

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Class 3 / August 29, 2019                              TN Valley Research Station

SOILS AND PLANT NUTRITION               Guest Lecturer:  Dr. Charles Mitchell

Objectives:

  • Identify the five factors of soil formation
  • Recognize the physical components of soil
  • Be able to identify and explain the function of the elements essential to plant growth
  • Recognize types of fertilizer and their appropriate uses

REQUIRED Reading Assignment for Soils & Fertilizers:

  • Alabama Master Gardener Handbook, Chapter 2 pages 23-56; Chapter 9 pages 207-219

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Class 4 / September 5, 2019                              TN Valley Research Station

PLANT PATHOLOGY                                              Guest Lecturer:  Dr. Jim Jacobi

Objectives:

  • Learn to identify the major diseases of ornamental flowers, shrubs, and trees
  • Acquire knowledge of techniques for diagnosing growth problems of ornamentals

REQUIRED Reading Assignment for Plant Pathology:

  • Alabama Master Gardener Handbook, Chapter 5; Chapter 9, pages 197-206;

Chapter 10, pages 265-289

Additional Resources for Plant Pathology:


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Class 5 / September 12, 2019                         TN Valley Research Station

TURFGRASS MAINTENANCE         Guest Lecturers:  Rhonda Britton & Tim Crow

Objectives:

  • Identify the varieties of lawn grasses recommended for our area
  • Learn to evaluate them based on temperature tolerance, resilience, and amount of care required
  • Learn basic techniques involved in establishing lawn grass
  • Become familiar with the basic requirements for proper lawn maintenance

REQUIRED Reading Assignment for Lawns:

  • Alabama Master Gardener Handbook, Chapter 11

Additional Resources:

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WEED MANAGEMENT                                                   Guest Lecturer:  Tim Crow

Objectives:

  • Learn to identify and classify weeds
  • Become familiar with the four general methods of weed control
  • Understand the importance of proper selection of herbicides and safety procedures for their use

REQUIRED Reading Assignment for Weed Science:  Alabama Master Gardener Handbook, Chapter 6

Additional Resources for Weed Science:

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Class 6 / September 19, 2019                         TN Valley Research Station

PLANT PROPAGATION and                          Guest Lecturer:  Dr. Rudy Pacumbaba

PROPAGATION STATIONS (Hands On)                              & Master Gardeners

 This is a hands-on classBring your garden gloves.  We will split into small groups to rotate through four learning stations.  Experienced MGs will show you various types of propagation and you will practice some of them. You will keep what you plant, so bring a box in which to place your plants for transport.  Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

Objectives:

  • Be able to categorize methods of propagation as sexual or asexual
  • Learn techniques and methods of vegetative propagation (asexual)
  • Learn techniques and methods of propagation by seeds (sexual)

REQUIRED Reading Assignment for Plant Propagation:

  • Alabama Master Gardener Handbook, Chapter 7; Chapter 8, pages 160-161

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Class 7 / September 26, 2019                         TN Valley Research Station

CONTAINER GARDENS, ANNUALS &                 Guest Lecturer:  Allyson Shabel

PERENNIALS and HERBS

Objectives:

  • Review the principles of color selection
  • Identify the principles and demonstrate successful container gardening
  • Learn the basics of herb gardening including varieties appropriate for our area
  • Gain an awareness of growing, harvesting, and storage and use techniques
  • Learn about the selection and care of annuals and perennials
  • Become familiar with their growth habits and best cultural practices

REQUIRED Reading Assignments:

  • Alabama Master Gardener Handbook, Chapter 14 and 15

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Class 8 / October 3, 2019                                  TN Valley Research Station

VEGETABLE GARDENING / PRODUCTION       Guest Lecturer:  Doug Chapman

Objectives:

  • Understand the basics of small scale vegetable gardening
  • Understand planting schedules and fertilization
  • Review methods of insect and disease control
  • Learn harvesting and storage techniques

REQUIRED Reading Assignment for Vegetables

  • Alabama Master Gardener Handbook, Chapter 12

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Class 9 / October 10, 2019                            Huntsville Botanical Garden

PLANT SELECTION, CARE & GARDEN TOUR  Guest Lecturer: Harvey Cotten

Objectives:

  • Learn what to look for in a plant, e. growth habit and cultural requirements
  • Obtain an overview of plants that perform well in our growing zone

REQUIRED Reading Assignment for Plant Selection:

  • Alabama Master Gardener Handbook, Chapter 3, pages 77-82, Chapter 9, pages 185-206, Chapter 10, 225-264

Additional Resources for Plant Selection:

  • Search ACES.edu Web site for specific plants of interest; i.e., boxwoods

 ONLINE Handouts:

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Class 10 / October 17, 2019                           TN Valley Research Station

LANDSCAPE DESIGN  (Hands On)                          Guest Lecturer: Taylor Reeder

Class Extended One Hour                                              & Advanced Master Gardeners

Objectives:

  • Gain an awareness of the basic principles of “good” landscape design
  • Understand the process of analyzing a site to be landscaped
  • Become familiar with the steps involved in developing a landscape design

REQUIRED Reading Assignment for Landscape Design:

  • Alabama Master Gardener Handbook, Chapter 16

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Class 11 / October 24, 2019                           TN Valley Research Station

TREES AND SHRUB PRUNING TECHNIQUES Guest Lecturer:  Marcus Garner

and PLANTING (HANDS ON)

Objectives:

  • Become familiar with basic cultural practices relating to the planting and care of trees
  • Understand the importance of proper site analysis and selection
  • Learn to identify and control major diseases of trees
  • Recognize types of trees successfully grown in this geographic region
  • Learn appropriate basic pruning techniques

REQUIRED Reading for Assignment for Trees and Pruning Techniques

  • Alabama Master Gardener Handbook, Chapter 9 pages 185-197; Chapter 10, pages 236-264

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Class 12 / October 31, 2019                           TN Valley Research Station

BACKYARD FRUIT                    Guest Lecturers:  Mike Reeves & Doug Chapman

Objectives:

  • Identify the recommended varieties of small fruits for this growing zone
  • Gain an awareness of the basic cultural practices for small fruits
  • Become familiar with methods to identify and control insects and diseases in home orchards and on fruits & nuts
  • Learn basic pruning techniques

REQUIRED Reading Assignment for Small Fruits & Nuts:

  • Alabama Master Gardener Handbook, Chapter 13

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Class 13/ November 7, 2019                             TN Valley Research Station

NOTE TIME CHANGE – Fall Back 1 Hour.

BACKYARD WILDLIFE HABITAT                             Guest Lecturer:  Herb Lewis

Objectives:

  • Illustrate incorporating water into a backyard wildlife habitat
  • Focus on the key element of flowing water
  • Demonstrate associated benefits within a small backyard setting

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IN CLASS Handout:

  • Session Evaluation Form

Post Test and Final Details                                                   Rhonda Britton

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