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Ash Tree Survey Team Gearing Up for Summer 2019 – Join Us June 4

Posted by on May 31, 2019 in Continuing Education, Current Class, Messages, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners

We will be continuing our Ash Tree Survey of Union County Parks this summer to help the county develop a management plan for the Emerald Ash Borer.  Last summer a team of Master Gardeners, 4-H Master Tree Stewards and Environmental Stewards located 741 Ash Trees in 7 county parks.

We will be starting this year’s survey with a training/refresher class on Tuesday June 4 from 9:30 am – 12 noon at Trailside Nature and Science Center in one of the classrooms.  2.5 CEU’s will be offered.  No need to register, just join us on Tuesday morning at the Trailside Nature and Science Center. (452 New Providence Road, Mountainside)

New volunteers are welcome to join.  We will be surveying parks on Tuesday mornings this summer.  If you would like to volunteer for this project, but cannot attend on Tuesday, let me know


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MG Exam Information

Posted by on May 17, 2019 in Current Class, Messages

Hello Class,

It has a been a pleasure having you as Master Gardener students this year.

Here is the final Exam as a word document:

18 19 MG Exam

It can be hand written or typed, which ever you prefer.

The classroom will be available on Tuesday May 21 from 10 am – 12:30 if you would like to come to the office to work on the exam.  Tamisha and I will not be at the office, but a class mate  has volunteered to bring the class handouts, our office copy of the fact sheet binder,and the Garden Helpline Manual (red book) Rutgers Pest Management Recommendations for Homegrounds, and Penn State Blue Diseases of Ornamentals book into the classroom.  (They are kept in the helpline office)

Please return the exam, your volunteer hours, your garden helpline training check list and IPM Assignment #2 to the office by Noon on Thursday May 23.  There will be a box for them set up on the table across from Tamisha’s desk or email them to

If you have any questions, I will be back in the office Wednesday morning.


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IPM Assignment #2

Posted by on May 8, 2019 in Current Class, Messages

Hello Class,

Here is IPM Assignment #2 as a word document if you would prefer to type the assignment.  Please be sure to include your site map with notes on your findings such as insects, cultural issues or diseases ! (Hope there are very very few!)

Master Gardener IPM Plan for the Homegrounds #2

See you at the demonstration garden on Tuesday,



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MG Class at Turtle Back Zoo March 26 Location and Parking Details

Posted by on Mar 22, 2019 in Class Events, Current Class, Messages

Hello Master Gardener Students,

Our class on Plant Pathology will be on Tuesday March 26 from 10 am – 1pm at the Turtle Back Zoo Education Center.  This is a joint program with the Essex and Passaic County Master Gardener classes.  Due to space restrictions at the Education Center, this program is for current Master Gardener students only.

The Education Center is located at the entrance road to the zoo.  The address is 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052

Please park in the first parking deck and walk to the education center.  It is close to Northfield Ave, not back at the Zoo Entrance Building/Gate.  Here is a link to the education center website, so you can see what the building looks like:

Here is a link for directions:

If you volunteered to bring a snack please bring enough for 25 people.  Essex County will be providing the coffee!


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Revised MG Class Syllabus

Posted by on Feb 20, 2019 in Continuing Education, Current Class, Messages, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Due some changes in our speaker’s schedules, I have revised the syllabus for the rest of the MG class.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we won’t need to make any more changes!

REVISED 2018-19 Tentative MG Class Syllabus


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No Class Feb 12 Lincoln’s Birthday County Holiday

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in Current Class, Messages

Hello Class,

Just a reminder – there is no class on Tuesday Feb 12.  The county offices are closed for the Lincoln’s Birthday Holiday.


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IPM Assignment #1

Posted by on Jan 15, 2019 in Assignments, Current Class, Messages

Hello Class,

Happy New Year!  If your new year’s resolutions include plants – your IPM assignment #1 can help you decide what to look for and how to take care of them in 2019!

Here is the assignment as a Word Document if you prefer to type the assignment.  Please do not increase the number of pages.  Remember to include 1 site map.

IPM Plan for Homegrounds Assignment # 1

Here are some tips on what actions you can take during the dormant season to prevent/management insect or disease problems.  These tips are from Master Gardeners who completed this assignment over the years.

IPM assignment 1 Notes


IPM assigment #1 is due on March 12.  You can bring the assignment with you to work on during your Garden Helpline training.

You will receive IPM assignment number 2 in late April/early May.  In that assignment you will look at your 8 plants, note any problems and how you will care for the plant over the growing season.



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Soils Information

Posted by on Nov 26, 2018 in Current Class, Messages

Hello Class,

Our soils speaker, Joseph Heckman, asked me to share these website links with you for more information about soils and organic farming / land care:

Rutgers NJAES

Northeast Organic Farmers Association of New Jersey

Check out the events:

Hillsborough Library is sponsoring a backyard chicken class in Feb 2019.

Web Soil Survey

Rutgers Organic Land Care

Rodale Institute

Look forward to seeing you all in class.


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Tree ID Class on November 27

Posted by on Nov 21, 2018 in Current Class, Messages

Hello Class,

Our lecture on Tuesday November 27 will be on Tree Identification with Jim Nichnadowicz our county 4-H Agent.  Jim  requested that you bring  5 different leaves (if they  are still attached to a small branch, that will be helpful for identification) and other tree parts, such as acorns or pine cones for some practice!

Enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday!


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