Master Gardener Training Class Information and Materials

Please note: The following information was for attendees of the 2013 MG training class. A new agenda for the next class (2015) will be posted when it is available.

Week 1 - January 25, 2013

  • Pre-Test
  • Master Gardener Introductions (Name, Island, have you attended a Master Gardener training (when and where), what do you want to learn from this class)

Solutions for Your Life http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/

EDIS - http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/

MG South Manuals  http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_book_mg_south

Readings: Florida Friendly Landscape Handbook (1-17)

Florida Yards and Neighborhoods       http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/

Florida Friendly Landscaping         http://www.floridayards.org/

FYI - Books: Monroe County Environmental Story (1991) or The Florida Keys Environmental Story (1997)

Group activity - Select one from each group from FFL Plant Selection plants grown in zone 10b or 11:  large tree, medium tree, small tree, large shrub, small shrub, vine, ground cover, grass, palm and palm-like plant, perennial, annual.

Hands-on activities - (soil texture-jar, soil pH, soil buffering capacity, soil water)

MGs soils and fertilizers               http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_mg_soil_and_fertilizers

UF soil and water science                         http://soils.ifas.ufl.edu/extension/

Soil testing (EDIS)        http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_soil_testing

 

Readings: Florida Friendly Landscape Handbook (17-21)

  • Jeopardy (PowerPoint) - FFL, Sense of Place, Plant & Soil Relations, Watering Efficiently
  • MG Mentors (3:30 pm) – Susan Matthews and Bill Warner

Week 2 - February 1, 2013

MG I.E. Schilling – Organizing your Master Gardener materials

Readings: Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Handbook (43-48)

Websites:          http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/environment/water_resources.html

http://livinggreen.ifas.ufl.edu/water/water_conservation.html

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_landscapes_and_water_conservation

Websites:
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FR002 How Trees Grow in the Urban Environment

http://ag.arizona.edu/pubs/garden/mg/botany/physiology.html

www.sites.ext.vt.edu/virtualforest/modules/photo.html

DDIS Plant Identification (Exercise)Interns: bring a plant for identification

                                                                                                                        Plant Identification http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/SR013

Plant Identification and Information Service

          DDIS website: http://ddis.ifas.ufl.edu

          U: MCMG     P: agentkim

Site visit: (trees, palms, shrubs & ground covers) – Tranquility Bay & Government Center Parking Lots

How to Use Florida-Friendly Landscaping Plant List (Articulate – home viewing)

http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/plant_list/plantlist_player.html

Readings: FFL Guide to Plant Selection & Landscape Design

Websites:

http://hort.ufl.edu/woody

http://livinggreen.ifas.ufl.edu/landscaping/xeriscaping.html

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/MG086 Basic Principles of Landscape Design

http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/pdf/FFL_Book_Zone_10_081610.pdf Florida Pattern Book

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/EP/EP39600.pdf Adopting Florida Friendly Landscape

http://lyra.ifas.ufl.edu/FloridaTrees/index.html
Florida Tree Selector


Week 3 - February 8, 2013

  • Palms

PowerPoints:

Palm Anatomy

Normal Abnormalities in Palms

Palm Nutrient Deficiencies

Physiological Disorders of Landscape Palms

Readings – Trees and Palms: Florida Gardener’s Resource (252-285)

Fort Lauderdale Research & Education Center Palms website: http://flrec.ifas.ufl.edu/palm_prod/palm_production.shtml

http://itp.lucidcentral.org/id/palms/resource/index.html

FYI: Books – Great references

Betrock’s Guide to Landscape Palms (Meerow)

Ornamental Palm Horticulture (Broschat & Meerow)

Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms (Riffle, Craft and Zona)

Readings: Lawn Handbook

St. Augustine (35-45)

Zoysia (45-53)

Watering your Florida Lawn: (90-93)

Mowing your Lawn (87-90)

Thatch & Its Control in Florida Lawns (98-102)

Readings:  Florida Gardener’s Resource (136-159)

Website: http://hort.ufl.edu/yourfloridalawn

Fort Lauderdale Research & Education Center Turf website: http://flrec.ifas.ufl.edu/turfgrass_science.shtml

Site Visit (palms & turf) – Marathon location - TBD

What’s growing in your garden (ask the Interns)

Websites:  http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_vegetable_gardening

 http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/vh021

Four Vegetable Garden presentations (Articulate)

http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/hot_topics/lawn_and_
garden/veggie_gardening.html

Nematodes & Management: Ornamentals & Turf Grass http://solutionsforyourlife.com/lawn_and_garden/
problems/nematodes.html


Week 4 - February 15, 2013

Websites: http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/lawn_and_garden/ maintenance_and_care/lawn_fertilizer.html

http://livinggreen.ifas.ufl.edu/landscaping/fertilizers_and_ pesticides.html

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg448

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_landscape_fertilization

Websites:

http://livinggreen.ifas.ufl.edu/waste/composting.html

http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/hot_topics/lawn_and_ garden/compost.html

Entomology

Readings:  Helpful, Harmful, and Harmless photo deck

Pests in the Home and Landscape (132-136, 187-189, 205-232, 235-270)

Websites:

http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/pubs

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/

http://www.freshfromflorida.com/pi/pest-alerts/index.html

Microscope Activity – Interns: bring in two insect samples (one landscape pest & one indoors pest)


Week 5 - February 22, 2013

MG Kitty Somerville (9 am) talks about her MG projects

Websites: http://www.extension.ufl.edu/lawn_and_garden/plants_and_grasses/ native_plants.html

http://livinggreen.ifas.ufl.edu/landscaping/using_native_plants.html

Low Maintenance Plants – South Florida:

http://miami-dade.ifas.ufl.edu/old/programs/fyn/publications/dtpl.htm

Natives for Your Neighborhood: http://www.regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/default.asp

FYI – Books: Native Trees and Shrubs of the Florida Keys (Scurlock)

Flower Keys Wildflowers (Hammer)

Websites:

http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/environment/invasive_species.html

http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/assessment

http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/node/613

Websites:

http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/hot_topics/environment/ africanized_honey_bees.html

http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/afbee/

MG Bernhard Rasch (11:30 pm- noon) talks about Solitary Bees & UF Native Buzz project

Websites:

http://www.freshfromflorida.com/pi/pest-alerts/index.html

http://www.wec.ufl.edu/extension/landscaping/non_native.php

Big Pine Key Field Trip – 1 pm to 3 pm (Natives and Invasive Plants – meet with Kristie Killam, Florida Fish and Wildlife Service).

Drive to No Name Key @ Watson Blvd & and No Name Rd, then park along side of road.  There is a good trail through the pine rocklands, followed by hammock area.


Week 6 - March 1, 2013

Websites:
http://pested.ifas.ufl.edu/

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pi010

Activity: Rugose Spiraling Whitefly life stages and beneficial wasps and beetles.

Readings: Pests in and Around the Florida Home (1-25)

Websites:
http://ipm.ifas.ufl.edu/

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_mg_entomology

Assignment: Interns - bring in insect samples found in turf and on ornamental plants.

Websites:    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_guide_weed_management_guide

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep141

Assignment: Interns - bring in weed samples.


Week 7 - March 8, 2013

Website http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_mg_plant_pathology

Assignment: Interns - bring in samples or digital photos of ornamental plant or turf problems.

Managing Insects

Ornamental Insects

Turf Insects

Solving Insect and Abiotic Disorders

Solving Landscape Problems

Website

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_series_guidelines_to_identification_ and_management_of_plant_disease_problems

Horticulture Scavenger Hunt


Week 8 - March 15, 2013

Managing Diseases and Tropical Fruit

TREC Driving Directions: 18905 S.W. 280 Street, Homestead, FL 33031 Ph: 305-246-7000

  • Upon entering Florida City, take the first turn Left onto Route 997. (This is before the first red light.)
  • Proceed to Palm Avenue, turn Left.
  • Take Palm Avenue, turn Right onto Redlands (SW 187th Avenue).  Note: Post Office is on the corner.
  • Proceed to SW 280th Street, turn Left.
  • Make first Right onto TREC property, cross over speed bumps and park in front of building.  Look for the white Monroe County Dodge Caravan and Master Gardener training signs.

Please carpool. I will be leaving BPK Winn-Dixie parking lot (closest to Key Deer Blvd) at 6:30 am. I can take 5 passengers; let me know if you will ride with me.

If you have any problems call Kim Gabel’s cell number: 305-587-9491

 

Plant Pathology, Aaron Palmateer, Ph.D.
(9:30 to 11:30 am) PowerPoint & plant clinic tour

Websites:    http://trec.ifas.ufl.edu/ornpathology/index.shtml

http://www.plantclinic.org/

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/departments/plantpath.html

http://flrec.ifas.ufl.edu/palm_prod/palm_problems.shtml

Review before attending Plant Pathology class: http://erec.ifas.ufl.edu/plant_pathology_guidelines/index.shtml

Tropical Fruit, Jonathan Crane, Ph.D.
(12:00 to 3:00 pm) PowerPoint & tour

Readings:  Avocado, Bananas, Mango IFAS fact sheets

Readings:  Florida Gardener’s Resource (76-107)

Website: http://trec.ifas.ufl.edu/fruitscapes/

Handout - Take home exam: You have one week to complete exam; bring to class completed on March 22nd.


Week 9 - March 22, 2013

Customer Service (PowerPoint)

Web Resources for Master Gardeners (PowerPoint)

MG Volunteer Management System
https://florida.volunteersystem.org

Potluck Lunch - sign up for exit interviews.

THE END!



green thumb

Kim Gabel 
Environmental Horticulture Agent