Wordless Wednesday

Submitted by:  Jon B., MG since 1996

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Cocheco Waterfront

Beth Fischer has been a Strafford County Master Gardener since 2003 so we are proud to announce her involvement in the Cocheco Waterfront Development Advisory Committee.

Reprinted from the Dover Download, January 22, 2019

Beth Fischer newest member of CWDAC

In August 2018, CWDAC member Robbie Woodburn submitted her resignation letter to the Committee. Robbie is a local landscape architect and was asked to be part of the development team for Cathartes, necessitating her stepping down. Robbie was a valuable member since January 2016 and one of the primary contributors to the updated Waterfront Design Guidelines.

To fill the vacancy, Dana Lynch, Chair, reached out to a well-known resident that has been attending CWDAC meetings for many years as an interested citizen. Beth Fischer was appointed as a new member to CWDAC in September 2018.

Lynch stated that, “Beth brings a vested interest in the welfare of this community, as exhibited through her years of volunteerism, as well as a working knowledge of the real estate markets. We are thrilled to have her on board.”

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Know your bugs

Date/Time:  Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 6-7:45 p.m.

Location:  Lane Memorial Library, 2 Academy Avenue, Hampton

Details: The Big Three informs New Hampshire citizens and visitors about three invasive insects of greatest concern to our trees and forests: emerald ash borer, hemlock woolly adelgid and Asian longhorned beetle.

This presentation by our Assistant Library Director Stacy Mazur includes information about the life cycles, identifying signs and symptoms of infestations, and management techniques for each pest.

The Speaking for Wildlife Project is a volunteer effort of UNH Cooperative Extension, the NH Coverts Project and NH Fish and Game, with funding provided by the Wellborn Ecology Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation.

Repost from Lane Memorial Library

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Greenhouse tour

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, totals 9,100 acres and was founded in 1931 by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington. It is built on four former rice plantations and includes Botanical Gardens, American Sculpture pieces, the Low Country, and the Low Country Zoo.

Vicki Richardson

I was fortunate enough to get a ‘yes’ response when I asked for a behind the scene tour of the Brookgreen greenhouses.

Three friends and I spent a couple of hours with Vicki Richardson, Supervisor of Horticulture Program and Outreach.

Brookgreen has seen many changes through the years including moving from a very modest, home sized greenhouse to their expansive greenhouse setup of today.

Vicki showed us trays of the various plugs they have purchased for spring plantings.

The greenhouses were quiet the day we were there because the volunteers were not working and they haven’t started on their spring plantings yet.

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Once we left the greenhouses, we walked for a while so we could enjoy the beautiful sculptures, animals, and flowers. Making plans to visit South Carolina? Brookgreen is open daily 9:30-5.

Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.   Alfred Austin

Submitted by:  Judy V., MG since 2007

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Come grow with us

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Cacti are prickles of fun! Seriously, though they may not be fun to touch, but they still can be nice to help beat the winter blues. Much like houseplants, cacti require some attention.

Thinking back to what we talked about with houseplants one of the quick things that can be done with your cacti is changing the pots. Pots can be changed when cacti have outgrown their old ones, which due to the slow growing nature of cacti doesn’t happen very often or simply because its time to spruce up an old pot. Since it’s the winter and we are looking for things to help get us in feeling like spring it’s a nice time to stop and evaluate the condition of a plant that is probably often neglected being its such an easy plant to care for, plus cacti can be a little hard to handle.

‘Golden Barrel’ cactus. Botanical name: echinocactus grusonii.

Another forgotten task is cleaning the cacti. Think of it this way, cacti in the wild are rained on, at least occasionally. This means that some of the dirt, dust, and other elements that they are exposed to are rinsed off of them. Luckily indoors they are not exposed to such extremes most of us to do not water over them like a rain shower would. While I do not recommend giving your cacti a bath, because ouch! I do recommend using a squirt bottle to squirt the cacti to remove some of the built up dust. Now is this a required thing? No. However, it will help keep your cacti looking its best and keep it from catching any potential diseases. I also find for individuals with larger cacti this task will be useful for helping to watch out for potential issues your cacti may develop.

Submitted by:  Tanya S., MG since 2017

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NH Farm & Forest Expo

UNH Cooperative Extension is a proud sponsor of the Farm and Forest Expo. A full schedule of events can be found here.

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