LEARN ABOUT STRAW BALE GARDENING AT THE LIBRARY

Patricia Barrett will be explaining how to prepare and plant Straw Bales and options for staking and protecting plants from frost in a straw bale system. 

 

Straw Bale Gardens 

  • Get High Yields
  • Never Need Weeding
  • Do Not Require Soil
  • Extend Growing Season by Weeks
  • Can Be Conventional or 100% Organic: Your Choice
  • Can Go Anywhere: Even Balconies and Driveways

 Dates and Location

April 11   from noon to 1 pm    Eldon Library, Eldon, MO

April 19   from noon to 1 pm    Belle Library, Belle, MO

April 23   from 6 pm – 7 pm     Vienna Library, Vienna, MO           

April 24   from 1 pm – 2 pm     Iberia Library, Iberia, MO

Business Hours are changing

Effective November 1, 2017, University of Missouri Extension of Miller County will change its office hours.We will be open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  We are closed from 12:00 to 12:30 for lunch. The office is closed on Friday.

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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 millerco@missouri.edu 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 $17.50 per sample . Six or more tests are $15.00 per sample. Make sure your soil is dry when you bring it in. A soil probe and an auger 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. 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.