Please welcome our new editor Lisa
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Hello fellow Master Gardeners!

As most of you know, the Real Dirt has been looking for a new editor so Cheryl can pass the baton. As hard as it will be to follow in Cheryl's footsteps, I have accepted the challenge! Cheryl has been gracious enough to give me direction and feedback while I try to gain an understanding of the role of the editor and those of the rest of the team responsible for putting together the Real Dirt every other month.

I have written a formal introduction that you can read in the May issue of the Real Dirt, sharing more about myself and my thoughts on the publication. However, I really wanted to get a quick note in front of all of you as a plea for help! 

Not only is May my first issue, but it is Real Dirt's first issue of 2019 with signs of spring...and summer when speaking of June. Real Dirt's biggest strength is the massive amount of knowledge, skill, and experience that is concentrated within the collective minds of the Master Gardeners who contribute to it. I am simply requesting to tap into more of your minds! In case you have forgotten, this could be an easy way to earn your volunteer hours.

We are always looking for writers, and no you do not have to be a professional writer! None of us are good at everything. Some are better writers than gardeners, and some the other way around. The good thing about the Real Dirt is that we will polish your story for you! You can write a story about research or experience. It just needs to be relevant to the season. To help narrow your topic you can consider the four categories of the Real Dirt, Steward, Serve, Beautify, Nourish. Since the next publication isn't until July, you can write about anything that might typically occur in May and/or June. 
Here are some suggestions for May: 

Tender plant planting and degree days
Annuals and the color wheel or drift/mass planting
Delay clean-up until temps are consistently in the 50's to protect pollinators and other insects overwintering
Best mulching practices
Best early lawn care practices (if such a thing exists)
Rain gardens... small
Cool weather vegetable seeding vs. warm weather vegetable seeding

Please tell me if you can jump into any of the subjects above, or let me know if you have an idea of your own that will fit! I can be reached at However, we are on a tight schedule and will need your submission very soon for the May publication.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!
Lisa Hagerty
"Connecting a Community of Gardeners Through Learning"
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