Smart soils, plants and gardening for pollinators key themes at Escanaba home and garden show
Attend free presentations, win garden-themed door prizes and learn how to help native pollinators and birds in your backyard at the Kiwanis Club Home and Garden Show April 6–8, 2018, in Escanaba, Michigan.
Plan now to attend Michigan State University Extension’s free Smart Gardening presentations held throughout the Kiwanis Club Home and Garden Show/Pancake Feed April 6–8, 2018, in the Ruth Butler Building at the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds. Show times run from 5–8 p.m. Friday, 9–7 p.m. Saturday and 9–2 p.m. Sunday.
From smart soils, compost and food preserveration to mason bees and inviting birds to your landscape, there is something for everyone to enjoy. All who attend the presentations will have a chance to win garden-themed door prizes, including free plants, tools, gift certificates and local food and wine gift baskets. Some items such as a power tools will be on display for a silent auction until noon Sunday, April 8.
Other opportunities and resources that will be available include a Smart Gardening informational booth, which will include a number of free tip sheets on smart soils, smart plants, smart lawns, smart vegetables and smart gardening for pollinators. New tip sheets this year include “Understanding and managing invasive plant species,” “Considerations for growing backyard small fruit” and “Smart gardeners improve their soil and weed control with organic mulch.”
Extension Master Gardeners trained in Smart Gardening outreach will be on-hand to help assist with smart gardening questions. Also, while supplies last, Extension Master Gardeners and trainees will be presenting demonstrations about song birds and providing free bird feeders to attendees, compliments of local sponsors listed.
No registration is required for the Kiwanis Club Home and Garden Show/Pancake Feed. Admittance to the home and garden show is free, and pancake feed tickets are available to help support the Kiwanis Club.
Smart Gardening presentation schedule
Friday, April 6
Showtime: 5–8 p.m.
5:30 – 6:00 p.m. How to safely preserve your harvest, Stephanie Ostrenga, MSU Extension food safety educator - Fresh produce provides many nutritional benefits, yet we often end up with more vegetables than what we can eat. Different methods of food preservation provide wonderful options to save the excess. Stephanie will show you tips and tricks, so you can safely preserve your harvest.
Saturday, April 7
Showtime: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Dig into Soil Health with the Escanaba Community Garden Case Study by Monica Jean, MSU Extensionfield crop educator - Soil is the foundation to healthy and productive vegetables. Discover smart gardening practices you can use to create your own healthy soil while hearing about what is happening at the MSU Extension’s Community Garden in Escanaba to build healthy soil.
10:15 – 11:00 a.m. “Starting Small” by Elizabeth Slajus, Advanced Extension Master Gardener, MSU Extension consumer horticulture support staff - Easy steps for successful gardening with children of all ages. Explore what children at the Woodland Childcare Center in Kingsford, see, hear and do in the school garden that Liz created and manages as her Extension Master Gardener volunteer project.
12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Inviting Birds into the Landscape by Joe Kaplan, director, Common Coast – Research and Conservation - Learn how to attract a diversity of birds to your yard or garden through the use of native landscaping, feeding, nest box placement and water features. Explore the importance of “stop-over” habitat and the rich dynamic of bird migration in our region. Joe will share insight from 30 years of tree planting and bird-related experience (including an Escanaba yard list boasting nearly 200 species!) on how to make your yard more enticing to our feathered friends.
2:15 – 3:00 p.m. “Smart” Composting to Balance Economic and Environmental Sustainability for Gardens, Farms or Communities by Brad Morgan, owner, Morgan Composting - If you want to start or improve your composting program in a garden, on the farm or within a community, join composting expert Brad Morgan who will share how you can build and maintain a successful composting program that follows the state requirements for temperatures and turning times to maximize your natural resources. Discover how to compost in your garden, farm, or community to build healthy soil.
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Inviting Birds into the Landscape by Joe Kaplan, director, Common Coast – Research andConservation – repeat of Joe’s 12:15 p.m. presentation.
5:15 – 6:00 p.m. Inviting Mason Bees to your Backyard by Jim Wilson, Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, Pennsylvania - Join Jim to learn more about mason bees and the importance of these native pollinators. Home gardeners will discover ways to invite them into the landscape and gardens. One lucky attendee can win a mason bee hotel donated by Brushy Mountain Bee Farm.
Sunday, April 8
Showtime: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Inviting Mason Bees to your Backyard by Jim Wilson, Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, Pennsylvania - Join Jim to learn more about mason bees and the importance of these native pollinators. Home gardeners will discover ways to invite them into the landscape and gardens. One lucky attendee can win a mason bee hotel donated by Brushy Mountain Bee Farm.
11:30 – 12:15 p.m. How to safely preserve your harvest by Stephanie Ostrenga, MSU Extension food safety educator - Fresh produce provides many nutritional benefits, yet we often end up with more vegetables than what we can eat. Different methods of food preservation provide wonderful options to save the excess. Stephanie will share tips and tricks, so you can safely preserve your harvest.
For more information on a wide variety of Smart Gardening topics, visit the Gardening in Michigan website or contact MSU’s Lawn and Garden Hotline at 1-888-678-3464.