Summer Master Gardener Course Offered in Lake Ozark

Do you want to know more about gardening? Would you like to share that knowledge with others? Consider enrolling in the spring 2016 University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener Course to be held in the Lake of the Ozarks Area.  You will receive 30 hours of instruction in soils, composting, insects, disease prevention, plant growth, flowers, woody ornamentals, turf, vegetables, fruits, native plants, herbs, and landscaping. Classes are taught by University of Missouri state and regional specialists and Master Gardeners themselves.

Master Gardeners are asked to volunteer 30 hours of community gardening or horticultural expertise to assist the University in carrying out the mission of "Helping Others Learn to Grow.” In return, the course is offered for a minimal fee. This is a wonderful opportunity for persons interested in horticulture and gardening to learn new skills, share ideas, work together on projects, and help their neighbors.

Orientation for the course will be held on Thursday, May 19. During this class, materials will be handed out and the program will be explained. 

The various topics will be covered during sessions held from May 26 through August 11, 2016 The sessions are scheduled on Thursday afternoons to begin at 1:00 pm and will last approximately three hours each. Classes will be held at the Lake Ozark Fire Department Meeting room at 1767 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Lake Ozark, MO 65049. 

Space is limited, so do not delay.  Interested folks are asked to register by May 12, so materials can be prepared.  For more information and registration materials contact Patricia Barrett or Margie Howser at the Miller County University of Missouri Extension Center, PO Box 20, 134 Second Street, Tuscumbia, MO 65082. You may email or  or phone (573) 369-2394. More information about the Missouri Master Gardener Program can be found on the web at

Master Gardener flyer and registration form (PDF)

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Joining 4-H is easy

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is young people making new friends and memories while preparing to be leaders of today and tomorrow. We are a volunteer-led organization that reaches boys and girls through small groups called clubs. 4-H members choose from over 40 projects in which to participate. Most projects use hands-on learning experiences to teach subject matter and life-skills such as cooperation, leadership and decision making — skills that can be applied over and over for a lifetime. Contact Miller County Extension at or at 573-369-2394.

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Don’t guess; soil tests save time, 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 can be done through the extension office. Soil tests cost $15 per sample during the first full week of the month and are $16.50 per sample otherwise. Six or more tests are $12.50 per sample. Make sure your soil is dry when you bring it in. A soil probe and a auger that can be checked out from the extension office. There is a $50 deposit on the soil probe. Soil testing publications

Private pesticide training

If you need to be certified or recertified, call the extension office to schedule a time to view the video. There is a minimal fee. Individuals are required to have a Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual. Bring your copy for verification or purchase one for $12 at the extension office.