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 Home vegetable, landscape field day set for June 11 in Baton Rouge 

The LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana Home and Landscape Resource Center (LaHouse) will hold a sustainable vegetable and landscape field day Friday, June 11, in Baton Rouge. 

Margaret Pierce, LaHouse coordinator, said the field day will provide a morning of information on sustainable home vegetable gardening and ornamental landscaping. 

The field day will be an opportunity to learn about improved yields while being a good steward of the environment, she said. 

“LSU AgCenter horticulture specialists will be on hand, conducting tours of the vegetable gardens and the landscape features of LaHouse,” Pierce said. “It also will be a chance to ask experts questions on issues you’re facing in your lawn and garden.” 

Tours and discussions will be held in 30-minute sessions from 9 a.m. through noon. 

A 30-minute session on sustainable home vegetable gardening will be presented by Kathryn “Kiki” Fontenot, Carl Motsenbocker, Stephen Crnko and Natalie Levy. It will be conducted at 9 a.m., 10 a.m.  and 11 a.m. 

A session on environmentally friendly landscaping will be presented by Dan Gill and Brian LeBlanc at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.       

LaHouse is located at 2858 Gourrier Avenue off Nicholson Drive across from the new Alex Box baseball stadium on the LSU campus. 

Garden pics can be seen here.

For additional information, contact Pierce at 225-578-7913.

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The Stories in the Garden project, organized by the East Lansing Public Library and the 4-H Children’s Garden, brings East Lansing’s young-in-age and young-at-heart-toget her for a session of storytelling. However, what makes this event special is that the storytelling is led by teenage voluteers. Video by Gabe Neistein.

Michigan 4-H Garden virtual tour.

Michigan 4-H Bug Garden video.

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Kokomo resident Julie Beheler and her daughter Anna, 12, pause to wipe their brows and blink the dust from their eyes as they harvest kale and cucumbers from the city’s community garden. They’re not picking for themselves, however; the vegetables will be distributed to 12 nonprofit agencies in the Kokomo area.

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Julie Beheler and her daughter Anna volunteer in a Kokomo, Ind., community garden because the produce benefits a dozen local charities. Last season, volunteers gave nearly 1,500 hours to the Kokomo garden and harvested more than 17,000 pounds of produce.

Unlike most of the volunteers at the garden that morning, Julie is not a home gardener, but she likes the lessons the garden teaches: “This feeds people here in our community,” she explains. “We can get a little sweaty and dirty for someone else. Giving back is a good thing to teach a kid.”

And Anna, who usually can’t be pried out of bed, “pops right up on garden day,” her mother adds. The seventh-grader agrees, “It’s just fun.”

The work may be fun, but the garden’s dual purpose is serious—to help stock local food banks and to serve as an educational outdoor laboratory. The project was established in spring 2003 as a joint effort of Purdue Extension Howard County, Ivy Tech Community College-Kokomo and the Howard County Master Gardeners Association.

Full article, click here.

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Extension Associate Position 

We currently have an Extension Associate position open through Friday, May 14th. If interested, review below. To find out complete details, click here.

WORK LOCATION: LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

POSITION DESCRIPTION: This individual will work with the LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center coordinator in implementation, coordinating, and development of the horticulture effort for the LaHouse site and overall program. This will include projects and programs targeting consumer (home ground, home garden, master gardeners) and commercial landscape horticulture clientele (landscape contractors, horticulturists, arborists, etc) in a statewide effort to coordinate educational programs, volunteers, and landscape maintenance activities.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, urban forestry, plant science or a closely related field is required. Professional experience and/or master’s degree desired. The applicant must demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills. Ability to work with and through others is essential as is the ability to function with minimum supervision. Candidates must be willing in all aspects of sustainable landscaping (including planting, mowing, and other maintenance activities) as assigned by their supervisor.

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LSU Dining serves hundreds of students every day, but the cooking oil used in one dining hall feeds something other than mouths — the University’s lawnmowers.

After it is used to make meals for students, cooking oil from the 459 Commons is converted to biodiesel and used to fuel the lawnmowers maintaining the University’s landscaping.

Facility Services has supplemented its regular petroleum diesel with biofuel for about two years, said Fred Fellner, assistant director for Landscape Services.

The biodiesel is mixed with regular diesel to create a mixture called B20 or B30, which contains 20 or 30 percent biodiesel, respectively, Fellner said.

The oil is converted to biodiesel at the W.A. Callegari Environmental Center, a part of the LSU AgCenter focusing on environmental issues. Bill Carney, head of the Callegari Center, oversees the conversion process.
 Ful story, click here.

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WEST MONROE, La. – Perennials are flowers and shrubs that live for two years or longer and are hardy enough to survive winter, non-woody and able to tolerate heat, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill told the Louisiana Master Gardeners at their state conference April 30.

In Louisiana, they must be able to tolerate five months of daytime temperatures in the 90s and nights in the 70s, high humidity and occasional drought, Gill explained. Don’t let familiarity breed contempt, Gill told the gardeners.

“When you see something everywhere, it is because it is reliable,” he said. “If you want to stay on the cutting edge and grow what no one else is growing, be prepared for failure. Don’t look down on a plant because it is grown everywhere.”

Gill said he treasures true blue-colored flowers, mentioning lily of the Nile. “It is nicest planted in clumps or drifts,” he said. Plumbago is also a true blue flower. “It can get cold enough to kill plumbago,” he warned. Blue flowers can psychologically cool people in the summertime, he said.

Gill spoke complimentarily of Philippine lily. “We should all have this in our gardens,” he said. August is the prime time for bloom. “It is taller than I am,” the horticulturist said of the plant. “They frequently need to be staked.”

Full story, click here.

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Associated Press Newswires

LSU AgCenter scientists say they’ve found tomato blight on plants from home gardens in Terrebonne, Lafayette, Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes. Symptoms include black lesions on stems and leafstalks, blackened fruit, and dark, dead areas on leaves.

Plant pathologist Don Ferrin says home gardeners should remove and destroy infected plants, and spray regularly with fungicides. He recommends chlorothalonil (klor-oh-THAL-oh-nil), mancozeb, copper or a combination of mancozeb and copper. Ferrin notes that chlorothalonil may be used as late as the day of harvest, but mancozeb cannot be used within five days of harvest. He says the fungus is probably on infected transplants, so gardeners should check for symptoms before buying. Full story, click here.

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