New Services Offered for Growing Companies

The Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers (MO SBTDC) have a unique set of services designed specifically to meet the needs of growing companies facing the challenges that accompany business success. Please read the Stage 2 Informational Sheet for a description of services.

Beware of Toxic Wild Berries

Late-summer into early fall is a period when the fruits of many plants in the wild begin to mature. Unfortunately, it also is a period when plant poisonings tend to be more prevalent. Children are the most common victims because of their tendency to explore their world through the sense of taste, as well as through sight. Therefore, it is important to warn children not to pick or eat fruits or berries from plants they do not know. Children considered too young to understand should be kept under close supervision and away from any plant that might present a potential danger to them.  To find out more on this topic click HERE.

Soil Testing for Healthy Lawns and Gardens 

The soil test is an excellent gauge of soil fertility.   It is an inexpensive way to maintain good plant health and maximum productivity without polluting the environment by over applications of nutrients. For more information on this topic click HERE.

Interpreting Your Soil Test Results for Lawn and Gardens

Once the soil test is conducted and the results are available, the ability to interpret the results is an important consideration in correcting a deficiency or imbalance.  For mor information on how to interpret your test click HERE.

Gardening is in full swing!

The August Gardening Calendar and the September Gardening Calendar will keep you on top of everything you need.  If you have any question just give us a call.

Having trouble with weed control in ornamental beds?

Read HERE to find out how to control the weeds so you can enjoy your hard work!

Plan to grow enough to preserve

Instead of tending to a garden that only will provide fruits and vegetables during the season, consider growing enough to preserve. By planning now to preserve the harvest of the garden, you will be able to enjoy the fruits and vegetables from the garden far beyond the growing season. MU Extension offers a quick guide for gardeners to decide how much to grow for fresh and processed consumption. MU Extension publication G6201, Vegetable Planting Calendar.

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 experience levels. Written by MU Extension horticulture specialists who teach Master Gardeners, this publication brings you reliable and relevant information.

Order today at or through your county extension center. The cost of the publication is $15.

Franklin County 4-H News

May 2016 (PDF)