Master Gardener Volunteers are trained volunteers who aid University of Wisconsin-Cooperative Extension staff in helping communities better understand horticulture. The purpose of the Wisconsin Master Gardener Volunteer Program is to provide unbiased, research-based horticultural information to the citizens of Wisconsin through Master Gardener volunteers. Master Gardener Volunteers receive training in horticulture through the University of Wisconsin Extension.
In return for their training, Master Gardeners volunteer in UW-Extension horticulture programs and projects which enhance the community. This national program was introduced in Wisconsin in 1977. Find an overview of the Manitowoc County Master Gardener Program.
Increase your horticulture skills and volunteer your time with the Manitowoc County Master Gardener Volunteer Program.
Benefits of the program include: educational opportunities, developing new skills and interests, new friendships and much more.
Find exciting, diverse, and rewarding volunteer projects and programs throughout our county and surrounding counties here (.pdf).
Vegetable Crop Updates Newsletter
In this issue of the newsletter you will find information about:
- Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic update
- Insect Diagnostic Lab update
- New strawberry plant care
- Risk of spotted wing drosophila infestation in strawberries
- Cranberry degree-day map and update
- Grape disease update
- Grape developmental stages
- Grape plume moth
- Scab, frost… now what for apples?
- Spotted wing drosophila in Wisconsin cherries
- Brown Marmorated Stink Bug look-alike
Wisconsin Fruit News
You can read about:
· Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic update
· Insect Diagnostic Lab update
· Spotted wing drosophila in Dane County
· Exclusion barriers for management of spotted wing drosophila
· Cranberry degree-day map and update
· Grape disease update
· Grape developmental stages
· Grape insects pest scouting report
· Tissue analysis of cold-hardy wine grapes
· Reduced risk insecticide: Exirel
· Going soft on apple diseases?
· Apple fertility considerations for orchards with variable crop loads
· Door County spotted wing drosophila update
Emerald Ash Borer – Stay Informed!
The Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) was discovered in Michigan in June 2002. It is a species of metallic wood boring beetle (Buprestidae) that attacks ash (Fraxinus), usually killing trees in one-three years. This insect was found in Wisconsin in July of 2008 in northwest Washington and northeast Ozaukee county around the village of Newberg. Find more information at the following resources:
- University of Wisconsin Department of Entomology
- Emarald Ash Borer Pest Alert Fact Sheet
- US Forest Service Health Prortection
- Insecticide Options for Ash Trees
- Current National Information
- Firewood Precautioin Facts
- Homeowner Guide to Emerald Ash Borer Insecticide Treatments
Master Gardener Annual Report, By Laws, Meeting Minutes, and Record Sheet: