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Educational garden series set for this summer at MSU horticulture farm

June 17, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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An educational garden series will be held this summer at the MSU Horticulture Farm. The four part series will teach practical information regarding yard and garden care and maintenance through interactive activities. This program, coordinated by MSU graduate student Stacey Terrill, focuses on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in residential areas. One of the main goals is to educate the community about using IPM based decision making. IPM in a residential setting involves understanding what is going on, deciding if and when action is needed and using common sense to make decisions that are the least toxic, yet effective to manage your yard/garden.

Workshops are Wednesday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the MSU Horticulture Farm southeast of the Bozeman Chronicle building. There is no charge to attend. The workshops are held outdoors and there are no rest room facilities so participants are encouraged to plan and dress accordingly.

Dates and topics:

June 23rd: Pollinators and beneficial insects. There will be a beehive opening, limited to adults. Due to the availability of protection, space will be limited to a first come first served basis. Those not suited up will be able to watch from a distance. Please wear long sleeves and pants, closed toed shoes, and bring gardening gloves.

July 14th: Composting, soil structure, and nutrients.

July 28th: What is wrong with my yard/garden? Attendees are encouraged to bring plants and insects for identification/diagnosis but are welcome to attend without a sample. Proper pesticide use will also be discussed.

For more information contact Stacey Terrill at sterrill@montana.edu or (406) 370-3091.

Stacey Terrill (406) 370-3091 sterrill@montana.edu