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  • Smart Gardening with Vegetables 101

    This course covers gardening from start to finish: what you need to get started, types of gardening, planning and preparation, soil preparation, plants to select, starting and maintaining healthy plants, garden maintenance, harvest and storage, pollinators and various gardening activities.

  • Apr 6

    Using degree day models and phenology in the garden

    April 6, 2021 12:00PM – 1:00PM Zoom Webinar

    Join this 45 minute webinar led by Dr. David Lowenstein, MSU Consumer Horticulture Educator, to learn about using degree day models for better pest management.

  • Jan 19

    January 2022 Horticulture Trivia

    January 19, 2022 7:15PM – 8:00PM

    Join MSU Extension for a half-hour of trivia about gardening, insects, and plants. Prize for the top scorer.

  • Turf

    MSU Extension’s focus on turfgrass management brings together faculty, specialists, and educators who work with both professional turfgrass managers and homeowners in managing turfgrass in an environmentally responsible manner.

  • Golf Courses

    Welcome to Michigan State University’s website featuring our news, recommendations and resources for maintaining golf courses.

  • Flower Gardening

    MSU Extension provides an opportunity to help get you started adding color and fragrance to your lawn and/or garden.

  • Native Plants and Ecosystem Services

    Using Michigan native plants to produce win-win situations for agriculture, communities and the environment.

  • Master Gardener Program

    The MSU Extension Master Gardener Program is an adult horticulture education and volunteer leader training program committed to improving science based horticulture information in communities throughout the state.

  • Gardening for Pollinators

    Learn about why pollinators are relevant to your garden and how to make your lawn and garden a welcoming environment for pollinators.

  • Indoor Plants & Pests

    Plants are commonly used as decorations within a households interior. MSU Extension provides an educational opportunity for you to view common resources and articles regarding the maintain of indoor plants and the pests.

  • Athletic Fields

    Welcome to Michigan State University’s website featuring our news, recommendations and resources for maintaining athletic fields.

  • MSU Agriculture Innovation Day

    Connecting experts with farmers to share the latest agriculture innovations to improve bottom lines while maintaining sustainable practices.

  • Sod Production

    Welcome to Michigan State University’s website featuring our news, recommendations and resources for sod production.

  • Veterans in AG / Horticulture

    Published on February 19, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Horticulture & Natural Resources Session: Nearly 200,000 military service members re-enter the civilian job market every year. Many of them are turning to careers in agriculture to take advantage of their military skillsets or prior farm experience. In this session, learn about the most in-demand resources for veteran farmers, where to find them, and how to use them.

  • Native Plants to Promote Pollinators

    Published on February 16, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Horticulture & Natural Resources Session: Beneficial insects and pollinators and native plants are adapted to Michigan. These insects ecosystem services that supports agriculture and gardening. Learn how to modify fence rows and gardens to attract beneficial insects and native pollinators.

  • Home Beekeeping

    Published on February 19, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Horticulture & Natural Resources Session: Home Beekeeping: Are you curious about what it takes to become a beekeeper? Learn about the many factors to consider before deciding if beekeeping is right for you. This presentation will cover the first steps for getting started with beekeeping as well as steps everyone can take to support pollinators.

  • Soil Fertility and Testing

    Published on February 17, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Horticulture & Natural Resources Session: This session will be a basic introduction to soil fertility. We will cover essential nutrients, soil testing, soil test reports, soil pH and fertilizer application rate calculations.

  • Home Irrigation

    Published on February 18, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Horticulture & Natural Resources: Home irrigation efforts should no longer consist of oscillating and circular overhead sprinklers at the end of a garden hose. Modern, drip irrigation techniques are a much more convenient and efficient use of time and water resources. This session will introduce you to the basics of design, equipment, installation, and use of landscape and garden drip irrigation.

  • Sarah Rautio

    MSU Extension Master Gardener State Leader
    rautio@msu.edu
    517-432-5270

  • Rebecca Krans

    Consumer Hort
    kransr@msu.edu
    906-875-0606