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Archive for February, 2012

From LSU AgCenter Communications: The LSU AgCenter is offering three updated guides online or printed about managing pests, plant diseases and weeds. The guides – the 2012 Louisiana Insect Pest Management Guide, 2012 Louisiana Plant Disease Management Guide and 2012 Louisiana Suggested Weed Management Guide – can be purchased for $12 per printed copy or downloaded free of charge.

The guides provide the latest information on pesticides and other products available to help in controlling issues in areas ranging from home lawns to farm fields and forests. Each guide provides general instructions about uses of the products, the current product labels, application rates and use restrictions.

Each printed copy of a guide is $12 plus 9 percent tax and shipping charges. The guides can be ordered from the online store on LSU AgCenter website at www.lsuagcenter.com/onlinestore. Phone orders also can be called to 225-578-2263. The guides also may be downloaded at no cost from the LSU AgCenter website by visiting www.lsuagcenter.com/managementguides.

The recommendations presented in the guides are based on research conducted by LSU AgCenter personnel in its Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station and Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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The Hammond Spring Garden Day is set for March 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station. The research station is located at 21549 Old Covington Highway (Highway 1067 off of La. Highway 190).

The program will include LSU AgCenter recommendations on gardening and related topics and feature garden products and services available in the area, This year’s program will include a plant swap, plant sale, kid’s activities, commercial and educational exhibits, educational presentations, concessions and a plant diagnostic center. Included will be tours of the station that will be conducted at 10 a.m. and again at noon.

Participants may bring soil samples for testing. The cost for each one-pint soil sample is $10, payable by check or money order. Visitors may also bring nonperishable food items to donate to the Tangi Food Pantry.

The event is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and the Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardeners Association.  Admission is $5 per vehicle. More information is available from Sandra Benjamin at 985-748-9381 or 985-748-5462.

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The LSU AgCenter and the St. Tammany Master Gardeners will hold their annual garden show and plant sale Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 at the St. Tammany Fairgrounds in Covington. This year’s 2 day show will feature free plant and gardening information by local Master Gardeners, hourly presentations by experts in their field, more than 35 exhibitor booths, children’s activities and food concessions.

Gates will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p. m. each day. Admission is $3 for adults. Children under 12 may enter free.  The event will be held under a pavilion, so weather will not be a problem. Parking is free. Proceeds from the garden show will benefit the Bobby Fletcher Sr. College Scholarship Fund.

For additional information, contact Rusty Batty at 985-875-2635. The complete program is available on the LSU AgCenter website, www.LSUAgCenter.com, and clicking on March 16 on the calendar.

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The Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardeners based in Minden, LA will present their 7th annual garden, Trails & Trellises, on April 14, 2012.

Four lovely gardens will be available, along with vendors, a plant sale, demonstrations and artists in the garden.  The Trails & Trellises tour will include visits to gardens in the Minden, Doyline and Haughton areas of Louisiana from 9am until 4pm. Tickets in advance are $10 and on the tour date $12.

Demonstrations will be conducted throughout the day at the Moess Center for the Arts & City Farm in Minden. Stop and listen for a minute as Master Gardeners and guests share their knowledge and love of gardening. There will also be Vendors set up to offer a variety of items. This is one stop you will not want to miss as you venture out on April 14th!

To purchase your $10 ticket in advance, call Kay at 745-2630 or Judy at 949-4800, email Glenda at gcollums@agcenter.lsu.edu or run by T G Garden & Gifts, 456 Hwy 531, Minden, LA or the Webster Parish Extension Office at 1201 Homer Road, Minden, LA. Free lunch will be offered at T G Garden & Gifts to each ticket holder the day of the tour. Tickets may be purchased the day of the tour at a cost of $12 at any of the gardens.

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The LSU AgCenter and the Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardener Association will hold a home orchard workshop at the Hammond Research Station on Feb. 24, from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Topics to be discussed by LSU AgCenter faculty include backyard fruit trees, fruit that requires a trellis, insect infestations, diagnosing diseases and hands-on training: pruning and grafting.

Registration for the workshop is $15, which is required by Feb. 21.

The research station is located at 21549 Old Covington Highway (Highway 1067 off of La. Highway 190).

For additional information contact Sandra Benjamin (985) 748-9381 or sbenjamin@agcenter.lsu.edu

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NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University (NSU) partnered with the City of Natchitoches and the LSU AgCenter to plant fruit trees at L.P. Vaughn Elementary in celebration of Louisiana Arbor Month. The City donated two pear trees as a gift to enhance an on-going school gardening initiative coordinated through Northwestern State’s College of Education and Human Development. 

“The fruit trees are a great addition to our school garden program and lessons about nutrition awareness,” said Dr. Michelle Morris, an assistant professor and a Master Gardener.  The Master Gardeners in Natchitoches are looking forward to teaching the children how to care for the trees.   Planting fruit trees donated by the City enhances their service project by helping the environment and improving their school grounds, Morris said.

To see the full story on this special project that promotes hands-on learning and volunteerism visit:

http://news.nsula.edu/home/tree-planting-enhances-school-garden

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