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Lawn and garden
The versatile houseplant

Very few plants can boast of colorful, long-lasting flowers and attractive foliage the remainder of the year. Kalanchoe delivers both, making it a very versatile houseplant. Read more

January gardening calendar

Gently brush off heavy snows from tree and shrub branches. Read more

Snowbird season for houseplants

Your houseplants may look like they need CPR after you bring them inside to protect them from falling temperatures. Read more

Houseplant acclimatization

At light levels above its compensation point, a plant continues to grow because the food manufactured via photosynthesis exceeds the amount used by respiration. Read more

Good soil makes for green thumb gardening

Unfortunately, most Missouri soils are less than ideal for gardening. Read more

Gardening after 50 is golden with right tools

Keep your garden area close to you to reduce stooping and bending. Raised beds, with the center no more than 3 feet from the edge, reduces reaching. Read more

Saving seeds not a good investment

Saving one's own garden seeds is a false sense of economy. In the world of gardening, seeds are one of the least expensive costs, but perhaps the most important investment. Read more

Protecting pollinators in your yard

Most people who are active in caring for their lawns and landscaped plants are aware of and concerned about the decline of insect pollinators, such as certain types of bees and butterflies. Read more

Sanitize tools for good garden hygiene

Like surgeons and dentists, gardeners should work with clean tools. Read more

Don't guess on garden fertilizer

The best way to make sure your plants get the right nutrients is to have the soil tested. Read more

How does your garden grow?

If you can't remember, you need From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar. This journal will keep you organized with the details of your garden in one handy place. Read more

News

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  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The little-known kalanchoe is the firecracker of houseplants.
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  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Terrariums are back in style for plant lovers, says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.
  • Tuesday, January 10, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Salt does more than melt the ice on your sidewalks and driveways.
  • Monday, January 9, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – A new session of online Master Gardener training begins Jan. 30.
  • Thursday, January 5, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – That forlorn-looking, leftover plant from a bright holiday season can burst with merry blooms again if given tender, loving care.
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  • Thursday, December 15, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Amaryllis is the perfect last-minute gift for young and old, says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. “Plants make thoughtful gifts at this time of the year, or simply represent a good way of rewarding yourself for an accomplishment,” he said.
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  • Friday, December 9, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Many cacti sold as Christmas cactus may actually be Thanksgiving cactus in disguise.
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  • Monday, December 5, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Evergreens, holly, mistletoe and other traditional plants adorning homes at this festive time of the year can pose risks, says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Your houseplants may look like they need CPR after you bring them inside to protect them from falling temperatures.
  • Thursday, November 3, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. –  Ben Franklin’s adage of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” could be gardeners’ theme song for November.
  • Tuesday, October 25, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Tree leaves can be a gardener’s best friend when used correctly. Use leaves to start a compost pile or add nutrients to lawns, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.
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  • Thursday, October 13, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Minor bulbs make a major splash in early spring.
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  • Thursday, October 13, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Brown marmorated stink bugs are hunting homes for the winter.
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  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016
    MARBLE HILL, Mo. – Feed your garden and it will feed you.
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – If you hate raking and bagging leaves, University of Missouri Extension horticulturist Brad Fresenburg has good news for you.
  • Wednesday, October 5, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – This fall millions of Americans will make an annual pilgrimage to a retail outlet to purchase a vegetable that, unfortunately, they are very unlikely to eat, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.
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  • Monday, October 3, 2016
    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – It’s the time of year when walnuts will start dropping off their trees.
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  • Wednesday, September 28, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Many spring flowerbeds awaken with the vibrant colors of tulips. Once a valuable currency, tulip has a history as vibrant as its petals.
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  • Wednesday, September 14, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – “You don’t need to have a green thumb to be a good gardener, but it certainly helps to have good soil,” said David Trinklein, University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist. Unfortunately, most Missouri soils are less than ideal for gardening.
  • Friday, August 26, 2016
    MONROE CITY, Mo. – The right tools and techniques can make gardening after 50 golden, says University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist Todd Lorenz.
  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The unique beauty and pleasing fragrance of carnivorous plants lure unwary prey into their clutches. From an insect’s point of view, carnivorous plants are lovely to behold until they grab hold.
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  • Friday, August 12, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. — A penny saved is a penny earned, but saving seeds from the garden can be a questionable use of time and energy.
  • Wednesday, July 27, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Plants and people are alike when it comes to sizzling temperatures.
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  • Thursday, June 23, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Lawns around the Show-Me State are starting to turn brown. But that’s a normal, and temporary, response to hot, dry weather.
  • Thursday, June 23, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Homeowners who usually leave decisions about watering the lawn to the whims of the weather might be having second thoughts as summer gets off to a dry start.
  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The combination of prolonged high heat and dry weather potentially threatens fish ponds, says a University of Missouri Extension fisheries and wildlife specialist.
  • Wednesday, March 6, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Gardeners willing to put in a bit of effort can jump-start this year’s vegetable or flower garden by starting seeds indoors.
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  • Tuesday, January 31, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – A healthy garden starts from the ground up.
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – If the leaves of your roses, shrubs or soybeans look like swiss cheese, the culprit could be Japanese beetles.
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Courses

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