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Lafayette County Master Gardeners

Learning the basics of sewing

The Mississippi State University Extension Service of Lafayette County offers several classes and programs throughout the year including a recent sewing class that taught first-time sewers the basics of sewing through creating their own potholders and pillows. (February 24, 2012, Page 1B)

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    Master Gardener home consultations

    Need some help for your garden this year? The Lafayette County Master Gardeners are offering free home consultations. For more information, call 234-4451. (January 6, 2012, Page 3B)

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      Discouraging the deer

      Master Gardener Barbara White gives us tips and suggestions on how to deter deer from eating up your garden. (November 4, 2011, Page 4B)

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        Why aren’t my tomatoes doing well?

        Master Gardener Barry Whitehouse gives us tips on getting the healthiest — and yummiest — tomatoes off our vines.

         (July 1, 2011, Page 8B)

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          Nurture your garden, reap the rewards

          Master Gardener Donna Long gives us tips on how to keep our annuals and perennials looking lovely throughout the summer (June 3, 2011, Page 2B)

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            Taking a look at shade-loving plants

            Heuchera is a favorite shade plant.

            Master Gardener Donna Long and fellow Master Gardener Kathryn Clark share with readers their favorite shade-loving plants.

             (May 13, 2011, Page 2B)

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              Winter gardening

              Master Gardener Barbara Sherrod White shows us how our gardens can thrive throughout the cold winter months. See today’s Oxford Living. (March 4, 2011, Page 3B)

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                Holiday wishes: A few of our favorite things?

                The Education Committee of Lafayette County Master Gardeners, under the leadership of Chair Eileen Leonard, surveyed its membership and compiled a few of the member’s “favorite things.” To learn what your favorite gardener might want for Christmas, see Susan Boehm’s column on page 2B. (December 3, 2010, Page 2B)

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                  Gardeners play key role in stopping invasive plants

                  The scary feature of invasive plants is their ability to compete above and below the ground and outgrow surrounding plants. The concern, Master Gardener Joe Ann Allen writes, is that invasive plants can over power native species and cause soil erosion, create fire hazards, deprive animal and insect life of food and shelter and have a negative impact on fisheries, recreational areas and public water supplies.

                  A good example of this negative effect is the spread of the beautifully flowered purple loosestrife. One mature plant can produce more than 2 million seeds, all with a high germination rate. It is estimated that more than 4 million acres are now affected by purple loosestrife’s escape from the garden and it is costing an estimated $45 million dollars annually in control efforts. (October 1, 2010, Page 2B)

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                    A weed by some other name just might smell sweet

                    Master Gardner Beckett Howorth III makes an argument for making the dandelion a part of your garden. (September 3, 2010, Page 4B)

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