My first response to microgreens was: “Why would I spend my time growing 3-inch tall plants to eat?” Then I thought about all of the tiny leafy green plants (beet, lettuce, kale, basil, etc.) I had eaten over the years in the process of growing transplants at home and in greenhouses. And it started to […]

via Microgreens: Tasty Accents from Small Spaces — Maryland Grows



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Ask UNH Extension

Emma Erier, Education Center Coordinator, published New Hampshire Outside this week. She has several good articles about winter blooms, the spring gardening symposium, fruit tree pruning and grafting workshops, and the UNH Greenhouse open house so be sure to check it out.

It is always special when we see one of our own being recognized for his service.

David has been a Strafford County Master Gardener since 2015, and he puts in many of his volunteer hours at the Education Center & Infoline. He also works on our Annual Plant Sale Committee each year as well as volunteering the day of our sale.

Speaking of the plant sale, we hope you have Sunday, May 20th, marked on your calendar.

We will have a nice variety of sun and shade perennials as well as other plants for you to choose from that day. All proceeds from the sale go to support our county projects and our annual UNH scholarship.

Have plants you want to contribute? Just send us an email.

We hope to see you in Durham at the Town Hall parking lot for our 16th Annual SCMGA Plant Sale. 🌺

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Gardening News Recap

Strafford County Master Gardeners were invited by the Board to attend a special meeting on March 16th to enjoy a potluck luncheon.

The special guest will be Jamie Roberge, our UNH Cooperative Extension SC MG Coordinator for all projects.

Please RSVP to one of the Board members.


Spring 2018 MG Class

For more information, please contact:
Marcy Stanton, marcy.stanton@unh.edu, or Amanda Gourgue, amanda.gourgue@unh.edu


Kerry Mendez at Perennially Yours announced a new Webinar, Beauty and the Beast: Bold and Fine Foliaged Plants Make Wonderful Dance Partners, on Tuesday, February 27, at 2:00 p.m. You do not have to attend the live broadcast (Webinars are available for later viewing.) All lectures come with lecture notes and CEU forms. Hour-plus long Webinars are $9 each. Registration link.

Strafford County Conservation District is now accepting orders for their upcoming 2018 plant sale.


Nate Bernitz, Infoline Program Coordinator, UNH Cooperative Extension, 603-351-3831, sent out an invitation this week to ‘Welcome Spring’ Symposium on March 17 hosted by NHMGA. The general rate is $80, but current NHMGA members can register for $65. If a current member, use discount code rooted. To renew your membership before registering, you can do so at this linkWhen you do go to register, you will need to create a user name and password, and then save that for future use.


The Perennial Plant Association has awarded the title Perennial Plant of the Year® 2018 to Allium ‘Millenium’. This herbaceous perennial, relative to the common onion, is a workhorse of the late summer garden. It was selected for its late flowering with masses of rose-purple blooms, uniform habit with neat shiny green foliage, and for its drought resistant constitution. To read the full article, use this link.


Can’t find the time to start seeds, but want organic seedlings? You might want to check out Stout Oak Farm in Brentwood because their 2018 organic vegetable seedling order form is available on line.


2018 Garden Trends by American Meadows include information on a variety of topics including: container gardening, planting for privacy, defensive plantings, pollinators, cooperative gardening, pollinator-friendly perennials, and ground covers. For the full post, use this link.

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Upcoming MG Class

March 5 – May 21, 2018
Master Gardener Class
Urban Forestry Center Portsmouth, NH

UNH Cooperative Extension will hold a Master Gardener spring training session at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, from March 5 through May 21.

This 12-week course takes place every Monday from 1 to 6 p.m. One additional class will be held on a to-be-announced Tuesday in April from 9 to 4 p.m. The class costs $250. After completing the in-class training, each trainee must complete a 55-hour internship, followed by a minimum of 15 hours of volunteer work each year.

The Master Gardener program trains people to assist home gardeners throughout the state with horticulture, conservation and homeowner questions.

Master Gardeners may work at the UNH Cooperative Extension Infoline in Goffstown. They also provide education and complete projects in their communities, including establishing school and community gardens. Master Gardeners may also participate in the Master Gardener Speakers Bureau and host presentations on a variety of topics, such as seed-starting, composting and pest management in the garden, for community groups and organizations.

The in-class training covers many topics, including botany, insects, invasive species, vegetable gardening, growing fruit, irrigation and tree identification, all topics of interest to homeowners throughout NH.

The class also offers several field trips related to subjects including tree identification, tree planting and pruning.

LEARN MORE OR SIGN UP at  http://bit.ly/2BlhehS

  • Application deadline is Feb. 5th
  • Class size is limited
  • Financial aid and payment plans are available

For more information, please contact:
—Marcy Stanton, marcy.stanton@unh.edu, or
—Amanda Gourgue, amanda.gourgue@unh.edu


The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity educator and employer. University of New Hampshire, U.S. Department of Agriculture and NH counties cooperating.

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