Real Dirt November 2015
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The Passion and Challenge of Community Beautification Gardens
By Kim Stevens, MG Trainee
Community beautification is an important part of the Master Gardener volunteer mission.  Master Gardeners can earn volunteer hours leading and educating in community beautification.  Kim Stevens, an MG Trainee, jumps in with both feet to teach and learn about Charleviox the Beautiful.  Read about year one Here.

Green Roof Garden Shed at the Boardman River Nature Center
by Whitney Miller, Master Gardener

Our green roof has been installed and looks amazing. It will serve as a public educational exhibition for green roofs as well as Michigan native plants. For the full story of how this project came about, read here. For photos of our progress and amazing volunteers at work, check out our GALLERY page (there are other event photos to check out as well!)


The Winter Gardener
By Jamie Gothard, MG Trainee
Winter is L O N G in northern Michigan.  Ever wish for some fresh-from-the-garden foods in winter?  Jamie Gothard offers the information you need to fall into indoor vegetable gardening here.

The Cycle
by Rebecca Carmien, MG Trainee
Rebecca’s writing takes you to a small farm producer in Benzie County where jams, jellies, lotions, and soaps are lovingly produced from the farm’s gardens and pastures.  Its a one-woman show and well worth the read and a visit...Check it out Here.


The EMGV Recognition Luncheon is November 15! 
Invitations have been mailed for our annual Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on Sunday, November 15th at 1 pm at the Gilbert Lodge at Twin Lakes Camp located at 6800 N Long Lake Rd, Traverse City, MI 49685 ( 
All family, friends, and supporters of the Master Gardener Program in NW Mich are welcome! Please return RSVPs by Nov. 6th. Looking forward to spending an afternoon reflecting on EMG's dedication to our community this past year and gathering inspiration for the next one. Please call the MSUE Leelanau office with any questions regarding this event: (231) 256-9888.
Submit Volunteer Hours ASAP!
Please remember to submit volunteer and education hours into the VMS ( by Nov. 6th in order to be properly recognized at the luncheon. If you have any questions or need assistance with this process email:
Nominations are being collected for Extension Master Gardeners of the Year from Leelanau, Grand Traverse, and Benzie counties. There may also be nominations for special recognition for our area’s EMGs outside of those counties. Please email nominations to along with an explanation for the nomination.

Annual Membership Renewal 
It is that time of year when our MGANM Dues become due. Click here to learn about the benefits of membership!


Oak Wilt-What is it and what can we do about it?
by Becky Smits, MG Trainee

Red Oaks in our area are under attack from a fungus,‘oak wilt’.  This terminal disease is on the heels of Beach Bark disease killing our Beech tress and Emerald Ash Borer wiping out our Ash trees.  Read here to recognize this most recent assault on our forests and understand what you can do.

Deer, Bunnies, Mice....Oh, My!
by Lillian Mahaney, Master Gardener
How often do gardeners lament the wildlife that feed off of their tended plants?  Always?  Read Here for tips and how to’s to deter garden pests in a most humane manner.  We can learn to live together in peace.

Passive Lawn Removal
by Cheryl Gross, Adv Master Gardener
Turf grass is a marginally useful plant.  Hard to grow, until you want to get rid of it!  Read Here about a non-chemical, less-labor method to perform NOW for a bed ready for new plants, trees, and shrubs in spring.


The "Master" Speaks
by Nancy Denison, Master Gardener

Houseplants provide tremendous value to humans in the northern Michigan winter months.  Read Here for Master Gardener tips on good plants for indoor use and tips and techniques for their care.  Note:  not all indoor plants are pet friendly!

Northern Michigan District V Garden Clubs
by Terry Harding
Northern Michigan, our region, is host to several local garden clubs.  Some are members of, and subscribe to,  the principles of Michigan Garden Clubs.  Others, may be independent.  Check out the information gathered by Terry Harding to see if one is right for you!
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