Glum in the Garden? Don’t Let Yourself Be Rooted in Despair

— Written By and last updated by Diane Lynch

Q: Where can I find answers to my gardening questions?

A: With the arrival of warmer temperatures, people are ready to start working in their home landscapes, lawns and gardens. Often people have questions about how to care for plants and deal with gardening problems. This is where the Wayne County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Clinic can help.

An Extension Master Gardener is a volunteer for the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. Many county extension offices have a county Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program. Volunteers are selected through an application process, complete a 40-hour training program and complete a 40-hour internship. Once the internship is complete, Extension Master Gardener Volunteers remain active by completing a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of continuing education each year.

The mission of the Extension Master Gardener Volunteers is to provide unbiased, research based information to gardeners on lawns, landscapes, and gardens. The information that Extension Master Gardeners provide are ones that guide homeowners in making environmentally sound decisions in their landscapes and gardens. In Wayne County, we have an active group of volunteers that assist our local Extension Office in reaching that mission.

One of the most important projects the Wayne County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers do is provide a plant clinic at our office for Wayne County residents. The plant clinic is open every Monday and Wednesday from 10am to 1pm from March through September. Two Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are in the plant clinic during these times to assist the public with their gardening questions. One of the great things about the plant clinic is that volunteers have been trained to provide educational gardening information from the N.C. Cooperative Extension Office that is practical and reliable. Volunteers will utilize resources through the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service to determine an answer and best solution. Although volunteers do handle many types of gardening questions, there are a few types of questions that the volunteers are not trained to handle, including: indoor pests, commercial horticulture, hazardous tree evaluation, or medical/legal questions.

The plant clinic is a free resource to Wayne County residents who have home gardening questions. One can reach the Wayne County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Clinic by phone at 919-731-1433, e-mail at Master.Gardener@waynegov.com, or stopping by Room 100 of the Wayne County Extension Office (208 West Chestnut Street, Goldsboro).

Learn More!

• Visit our website at https://wayne.ces.ncsu.edu/. Click on “Lawn & Garden” on left side of webpage.
• “Like” us on Facebook to receive timely garden tips, ask questions, and learn of upcoming gardening events. www.facebook.com/waynecountygardening

Upcoming Wayne County Extension Gardening Programs:
• Mark your calendar for the annual Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Spring Plant Sale! This year’s plant sale will be Saturday, April 18th at the Wayne Center of the Wayne County Cooperative Extension Office (208 W. Chestnut Street, Goldsboro). Doors will open at 9am and stay open until noon.

Wayne County Gardening – Spring Workshop Series. The Wayne County Extension Office offers workshops featuring popular gardening topics. Workshops consist of a presentation, question and answer session, and handouts to take home. All workshops are free and open to the public. Registration is required for all workshops by calling the Wayne Co. Extension Office at 919-731-1520.

  • Home Vegetable Gardening Workshop – Tuesday, April 28th, 2pm to 5pm at Wayne County Public Library,1001 E. Ash Street, Goldsboro.  Nothing is more rewarding than to raise and harvest fresh vegetables from your own backyard garden. This workshop will cover how to plant and start a vegetable garden along with how to care for it through out the season. No matter the size of your vegetable garden, this workshop is for you!

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Jessica Strickland
Extension Agent
Horticulture
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
Wayne County Center
P. O. Box 68
Goldsboro, NC 27533
E-Mail: jessica.strickland@waynegov.com
Phone: 919-731-1520
Fax: 919-731-1511
https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/wayne

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Photo of Jessica StricklandJessica StricklandExtension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture (919) 731-1521 (Office) jessica_strickland@ncsu.eduWayne County, North Carolina
Posted on Apr 21, 2015
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