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Quick Test for Soil PH

Greenwood Nursery located in McMinnville,Tennessee recently sent out an email with a tip on a quick way to test your soil PH.  Of course, you should always send a sample for a complete test through the extension office, but in a pinch try the following: 

Alkaline:  sample of 2 cups of soil and add a couple drops of cider vinegar over the top.  If it fizzles, you have alkaline soil. 

Pumpkinfest in downtown Dayton 10/30 & 10/31

Volunteer Hours and Empty Cans Needed

Greetings All Master Gardeners,

In an ongoing effort to bring attention to our Master Gardener Program we are manning a booth at PumpkinFest in downtown Dayton on October 30 and 31.  We will continue with our presentation on Winter Gardening in Tennessee and have information on the MG Program. We will be able to use our posters etc. from the Rhea County Fair presentation.

Fair Workers Appreciation Day! 10/03/15

Come and enjoy BBQ featuring the Grand Champion and Reserve 4H hogs!  Master Gardeners are asked to bring a dessert.  The event will be held from noon to 2pm at the Rhea County Fair Grounds on Saturday October 3, 2015



Get Volunteer Hours!

Hospital Courtyard Wednesday 9/23 from 8:30 am until.....

Fair Grounds General Repair and Cleanup Thursday 9/24 from 9 am until.......

Farm City Day 10/6 from 8 am until 2 pm

P​umpkinfest 10/30 from 12 noon to 10 pm and 10/31 from 12 noon to 4 pm




Fall Gardeners' Festival

Mark your Calendar for this wonderful event in Crossville!



Volunteer hours can be earned by helping at the AG Center and Fair Grounds

The annual Rhea County Fair is rapidly approaching and help is needed at the MG Pavilion and other areas.

  Fair Dates:  8/18/2015 - 8/22/2015

 See calendar for work days



Third Saturday Raised Bed Course A Great Success!

The Third Saturday Course on Raised Beds gave each participant insight into the basics of building a bed through harvest with lots of info in-between.  Enhancing gardening skills with lessons on materials to use, soil prep, plant varieties, pest management, moisture control and of course " harvesting the fruits of labor",  the course was a journey through raised bed gardening at a more in depth level.  Garden lovers and Master Gardeners from Rhea and Bradley counties participated in the classes led by Thomas Greenlee, Jerry Lamb and Anna Johnson.  The course was

2015 Class of Master Gardener Interns Graduation

20150521_192427.jpg20150521_192555.jpgBeginning in January of 2015 the Rhea County Master Gardener Association welcomed a new class of interns.  After attending classes on Thursday nights from January thru the beginning of May that included a  wide range of interesting and relevant topics, our new graduates are rea


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