Environment and garden

The Garden Spade
A Master Gardener publication for the Southeast and East Central regions


Briefings on Family Matters

Briefings on Family Matters is a quarterly newsletter published by University of Missouri Extension specialists for individuals and families in southeast Missouri. This newsletter is provided by your local extension council. 

Editors:  Rebecca Blocker, housing specialist; Bethany Bachmann, nutrition specialist; Donna Aufdenberg, horticulture specialist


Spring 2019

  • Organic Weed Control Methods
  • Why Carry a Medication Card?
  • Take Action Now to Prevent Home Falls


Winter 2018

  • Connecting for a Healthy Relationship
  • Plant Hellebores for Winter Bloom
  • Mobil Apps for Guiding Nutrition and Health


Spring 2018

  • Summer Bulbs
  • Key Facts about Mental Health
  • Is Your Home an Easy Target?

Winter 2017 (PDF)

  • Taking Care of You During the Holidays
  • Healthier Holiday Side Dishes
  • Asian Lady Beetles



Preserve It Fresh, Preserve It Safe 

May/June 2018

March/April 2018

January/February 2018