Agriculture and Horticulture
Whether you are looking to save money, love fresh vegetables, flower and working in your garden, MSU Extension offers many resources including the popular Master Gardener Volunteer Program. If you have gardening questions or need to identify a plant or insect call 586-469-5063 Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April through September.
You can also call the State Hotline from April through September from 9 a.m to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and October through March, 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. The number is 888-678-3464.
Home Lawn and Garden Soil Test Mailer
The MSU Soil Test will tell you,
1: The current level of plant nutrients in your soil;
2. If fertilizer is needed, what kind and how much to add;
3. If lime or sulfur is needed and how much to add;
4. The soil organic matter level;
5. Approximate texture of the soil.
This kit comes complete with everything you'll need to submit a soil sample for testing to the MSU Soils Laboratory. The sample kits are available for $25 at the local MSUE office, or can be ordered online at the MSUE Bookstore Order a soil test mailer. To find out how to get your soil tested and how to interpret the results visit http://msusoiltest.com/.
Other Gardening Information
For general gardening info, visit http://www.migarden.msu.edu/
Click on MSU Extension News for weekly alerts regarding plant growth and development, pest problems and many other topics.
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What is Smart Gardening?
Smart Gardening is an initiative from Michigan State University Extension that helps people become great gardeners who are environmentally savvy and SMART! It is a campaign to help new and experienced gardeners adopt and implement real-life techniques in their yard and garden that will help them save time, money and the environment! IPM or Integrated Pest Management has long been a hallmark of MSU Extension programs but often times gardeners cannot unravel the amount of information that comes their way—-from educational institutions, magazines and commercial product producers. “Smart” helps people adopt proven, university-researched tactics in their own backyards.
Smart Gardening messages and concepts are based upon these themes: Smart Plants, Smart Lawns, Smart Soils, Smart Vegetables and Smart Pollinators.
A first look into the “Smart Gardening” initiative begins at the Gardening in Michigan website where short videos, tip sheets, a toll-free hotline and the Ask-an-Expert widget can be found.
MSU Extension offers horticulture and agriculture education in the following areas:
The Michigan State University Extension Master Gardener Program is an adult horticulture education and volunteer leader training program. Volunteers are committed to improving the quality of life in Michigan through horticulture-based volunteerism and beautifying communities throughout the state.
Master Gardener Banquet
Master Gardener Newsletters
Gypsy Moth Suppression
If you would like information about Gypsy Moth, please click here.