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Master Gardener Presents

On the first Saturday of each month (except July), join one of our Master Gardener volunteers who will present topics related to gardens and gardening.  The presentation is held at the Appleton Public Library from 10 - 11:30 a.m.  There is no charge.

October 4, 2014:  APPLES and autumn go together.  Dave DiPietro and Karen Dickrell will discuss preserving the harvest.  There will also be a tasting where you can try the several varieties available in early October.

 

Appleton Farmers Market

Plan your Saturday mornings to visit the Farmers Market in downton Appleton, and stop at the Outagamie County Master Gardener Association information booth while you're there.  Enjoy the wonderful foods and smells and products that will be available from local providers, and bring us your garden questions. We'll be there 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • June 28
  • July 5 and 19
  • August 2 and 16
  • September 6 and 20
  • October 4

Important Warning!

Crazy Worm, (Amynthas agrestis), is an invasive earthworm native to East Asia. This active and damaging pest was found in Wisconsin in 2013. It is known and sold under a variety of common names including crazy worms, Alabama jumpers and snake worms.

Native to Asia, they are extremely active, aggressive and have voracious appetites. They jump and thrash immediately when handled and behave more like a threatened snake than a worm, sometimes fracturing and shedding their tail when caught. They are 1.5-8" in length. Unlike most other earthworms, their clitellum (the middle band of the worm) is not raised, and they have a pointy head and tail. 

They have a very high reproductive rate. They severely impact forest ecosystems by devouring the leaf litter, which reduces the supply of organic matter available for tree regeneration and diversity. 

  • Don't release live bait on land or in water.
  • Dispose of live worms in the trash.
  • Clean shoes and tire treads-Don't spread worm eggs!
  • Keep your compost contained near forests

Become a Master Gardener

The Master Gardener program is an all-volunteer organization sanctioned by Land Grant institutions in each state, and functions as an extension of the college or university. In Wisconsin, the program is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Extension.  The goal of the MG Program is to train enthusiastic volunteers so they can, in turn, provide research-based information on a wide variety of horticultural topics to their communities.  Find out how easy it is to become a Master Gardener!

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In addition to visiting our website, come join us on Facebook.  Enjoy photographs from recent events, and the stories and photos posted by members.  We also have information about interesting websites, current events happening in the world of gardening and gardeners, and tidbits gathered from a variety of sources.

 

Welcome to the Outagamie County Master Gardener Association.

We're one of 52 chapters of the Wisconsin Master Gardener Program. Master Gardeners Volunteers are trained volunteers who assist staff at the University of Wisconsin-Extension by helping the community understand horticulture and its significance to the environment. Master Gardener Volunteers are involved in a variety of community activities, including youth and adult education projects.  Within our organization are experts on a wide-ranging variety of topics; please contact us if you need a Speaker for your next event. 

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