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)
Master Gardner Beckett Howorth III makes an argument for making the dandelion a part of your garden. (September 3, 2010, Page 4B)
Becoming a Master Gardener is way more rewarding that I expected.
I am so amazed by the beauty and “raw-ness” of the nature in Mississippi. I have an area in my backyard with kudzu, honeysuckle, other vines and trees that is as wild as any growth. It’s like Tarzan could come swinging through at any moment — hopefully Jane, also. (July 1, 2010, Page 6B)
The Spring Garden Lecture Series, sponsored by the University Museum in association with the Master Gardeners of Lafayette County, will begin March 25.
The series, titled “Over the Rainbow,” will run for five consecutive Thursdays. Lectures will begin at noon each Thursday at the University Museum on University Avenue and Fifth Street. Topics include developing and managing a lawn, rose culture, vegetable gardening, landscaping with flowering trees and shrubs, and adding color to the landscape.
Kerry Page, sports turf manager of FNC Parks, will be the March 25 speaker and will discuss inexpensive ways to improve your lawn and keep it green throughout the summer. The series is free and open to the public. Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy these informative lectures with other Oxford gardeners. (March 14, 2010)
What are two of the most neglected habits among gardeners? Correct pruning and keeping tools sharp. Master Gardeners Carroll Crenshaw and Don Giles shared their tips on those topics recently as part of the Lafayette County Master Gardeners’ spring gardening series. To keep tools sharp — like Giles’s 40-year-old shovel — clean them well after every use. (March 5, 2010, Page 3B)
LAFAYETTE COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS — When Dianne Smith Fergusson prepared to move from South Carolina to Oxford, it wasn’t the furniture and breakables that concerned her. How would her beloved plants make the journey? By taking care to protect the roots, keep transplants out of direct sun and watering diligently through the summer, she was able to transport her garden treasures, making the transition to her new home easier. (February 5, 2010, Page 3B)