Thanks Extended to 4-H Youth Scholarship Donors

The Camden County University of Missouri Extension extends thanks to all of the following companies and individuals for their generous donations in support of youth in Camden County.

     Bank of Urbana
     Barbara Fredholm
     Camden County Farm Bureau
     Camdenton Rotary Club
     Carolyn Solomon
     Central Bank of Lake of the Ozarks
     Clancy and Patricia Barrett
     Cliff and Vicky Luber
     Community Foundation of the Lake
     Crown Dental Center
     Daybreak Rotary
     First National Bank
     Golden Rule Insurance Agency
     Hedges-Scott Funeral Home 
     James Hansen
     Kathy Fayant
     Kwik Kar Wash Detail Lube
     Sleeper Country Market
     Lake Dental Clinic
     Lake Ozark Rotary
     Lake Regional Health System
     Laurie Sunrise Beach Rotary Club       
     Mid Missouri Credit Union
     Naught-Naught Insurance
     Re/MAX Lake of the Ozarks Charitable Foundation
     Robin's Place, LLC
     Save A Lot, Camdenton
     Scotts Concrete
     Sheila Morse
     The Bank of Versailles
     The Lodge of the Four Seasons
     Tim and Julie Decker
     Tom Walker
     Trico Dock Center
     Wal-Mart, Camdenton
     Woods Supermarket 

Pulaski County Master Gardener Training available

Pulaski County Master Gardeners are hosting a Core Course Master Gardener training this fall.  All Thursday night classes will be held in Waynesville at a location to be announced.  There are three field trips scheduled for Saturdays.  All classes will be taught by University professors, Extension specialists and experienced Master Gardeners from around the state.

The course fee is $145, which includes all classes, handouts and other materials, and a certificate upon completion of the course.  Participants who complete a volunteer hour requirement will receive official Master Gardener name tags.  On an hourly basis, that amounts to less than $3 per hour of class time.  The Master Gardener Core Manual notebook is available for purchase for an additional $30; alternatively, all Core Manual materials are available online at no charge.  The registration period will be open through August 29, 2014.  Registrations will be taken on a first come basis.  Registrations may be submitted now with a $25 deposit with all fees due by August 29th.

There will also be the option for members of the general public to audit individual classes of interest.  The fee for auditing any class day is $15.

For more details, email or call Carrie Williamson, mopcmg@gmail.com, or 573-855-0128.  To register for the training or to audit classes, complete the registration form and send it to the Pulaski County Extension Center, 403 School Street, Suite 1, Waynesville, MO  65583.  Registration forms are available at the Pulaski County Extension Office or at the Camden County Extension Office.  Registration forms and the class schedule are also available at http://extension.missouri.edu/pulaski/mg.aspx or at http://pulaskimomastergardeners.org/upcoming-events/master-gardener-core-training-fall-2014/

Journal your garden

The most challenging aspect of successful gardening just might be the difficulty recalling what worked and what didn't from year to year.  Many gardeners believe the keys to successful gardening are getting your plans on paper first and keeping records.  MU Extension's new publication, MP928, From Seed to Harvest and Beyond:  Garden Journal and Calendar, gives you an easy way to record your garden plans, observations and ideas.

This publication also includes year-round resources to guide gardeners at all expoerience levels.  Written by MU Extension horticulture specialists who teach Master Gardeners, this publication brings you reliable and relevant information.

Order today at http://extension.missouri.edu/mp928 or stop in at the Camden County UM Extension Office and place your order.

Garden Journal and Calendar flyer (PDF)

Soil testing

Don't guess.  Soil tests save time and money.  Soil testing is the best guide to the wise and efficient use of fertilizer and soil amendments, said Manjula Nathan, director of the University of Missouri Extension Soil Testing and Plant Diagnostic Services.  Whether you grow acres of row crops or have a vegetable patch in the backyard, a soil test will provide you with an analysis of nutrients and a set of recommendations for any improvements.

"We frequently get questions from customers like, 'I apply fertilizer every year. How come my plants are not doing well?" Nathan said.

"Most of the time the problem is they never have done a soil test, but have been guessing on fertilizer requirements," she said. "They do not realize that by guessing they are wasting money by over- or under application, and the excess fertilizer can end up in streams, ponds and underground water, polluting the environment."

Soil testing provides analysis of pH, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, organic matter percent, neutralizable acidity, cation exchange capacity and nutrient requirements.  For information on test results, see MU publication G9112, Interpreting Missouri Soil Test Reports. Regional specialists also can assist you with additional information and recommendations. Soil testing can be done through the extension office. See Services for details.

Soil testing brochure (PDF)