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Please join us for our second Lunch and Learn! This segment will cover vegetable gardening. See you there!

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The Seed Guy

WAYS TO ATTRACT BEES TO YOUR GARDEN

Without Honey Bees in your Garden, many of your vegetables wouldn't get pollinated, grow fruit or produce Seed. When you ar...e planning your Garden, please add in a few herb or flower varieties in your garden to Help Attract and Save Our Bees.

When a bee lands on a flower, pollen will stick to tiny hairs on their legs, and then when the bee moves to another flower, the pollen gets transferred-- pollinating the bloom. This pollination is required for many Garden Vegetables, such as some okra, beans, squash, cucumbers and many more. With out this pollination most vegetables will never set fruit, and that would be bad news for your garden.

The best way to attract bees to your vegetable garden is to create an environment that bees will enjoy and visit. You can accomplish this by doing several things:

1) DON'T USE PESTICIDES-- Most pesticides are not selective. You are killing off the beneficial bugs along with the pests. Try to grow Organic as possible. Companion Plants are great for this.

2) USE MORE NATIVE PLANTS-- Research suggests native plants are four times more attractive to native bees. They are also usually well adapted to your growing conditions and can thrive with minimum attention. In gardens, heirloom varieties of herbs and perennials can also provide good foraging.

3) CHOOSE SEVERAL COLORS OF FLOWERS--Bees have good color vision to help them find flowers and the nectar and pollen. Flower colors that particularly attract bees are blue, purple, violet, white, and yellow.

4) TRY PLANTING FLOWERS IN CLUMPS-- Flowers clustered into clumps of one species will attract more pollinators than individual plants scattered throughout your Garden.

5) HAVE DIVERSITY OF PLANTS THAT FLOWER ALL YEAR--Most bee species feed on a range of plants through their life cycle. By having several plant species flowering at once, and a succession of plants flowering through spring, summer, and fall, you can support a range of bee species that fly at different times of the season.

6) PLANT WHERE BEES WILL VISIT--Bees favor sunny spots over shade and need some shelter from strong winds.

Here at THE SEED GUY, we have a great 60 Variety Heirloom Seed Package (35,000 Seeds) that has 49 Veggie Seed varieties, and then an 11 Variety Herb Companion Seed Bonus. In the Seed Package, you will get quite a few Vegetable and Herb varieties that are great for attracting Bees. Small Farm Grown, Non GMO, and fresh from 2017 harvest. Priced at $64

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I hate I'm going to miss Buds and Blooms this year because they have my favorite garden speaker -- Felder Rushing. Hope you can make it. Here are the details: F...elder Rushing will present two lectures at the Piney Hills Master Gardeners’ Buds and Blooms seminar on Feb. 17 at First United Methodist Church of Minden, 903 Broadway. His topics are Grow Anything IN Anything — Unusual Container Gardens and Slow Gardening — Savoring Your Garden Using All Senses, All Seasons. Master Gardener Julie Alexander will also be on hand to present Creative Garden Structures. The seminar is 9 a.m. to noon with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. Admission: $15. Info: 318-371-1371 or www.phlmg.com

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The website of the Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardeners located in Minden, Louisiana
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Hooray! Our group earned $36 because three of our members subscribed to Garden Design magazine. This publication contains no ads and is “coffee table book” quality. It’s not too late, just go to gardendesign.com/nclmg to subscribe and we will earn $12 and you will receive 4 beautiful issues.

And we think your Valentine would love it😊

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It would be hard to dispute that the most popular summer-flowering shrub is the rose. Most roses need at least some annual pruning to maintain an attractive sha...pe, remove dead wood and encourage vigorous growth and blooming. This is generally done from the last week of January in south Louisiana through mid-February in north Louisiana.
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While an impressive fence does provide a welcome sense of privacy, even the nicest ones can have the unfortunate effect of shouting, "keep out." Tall, thick, an...d dense evergreen shrubs on the other hand, also provide that sense of solitude, but do so with a leafy whisper. Here are five excellent tall shrubs to consider when landscaping for privacy.

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Allen Owings or anyone that was present for the Super Plant Talk. Have a question from an attendee.

Question: What was the name of the plant Allen mentioned, had survived flood waters for a couple of days and is drought tolerant?

If you would like to attract butterflies to your garden, plant a variety of host and nectar plants.

Host plants to lure them to your garden and nectar plants to keep them fed. They will hang around if there is a food source.

Notable mention of a great nectar plant is Tithonia, from the sunflower family. It's a BUTTERFLY MAGNET, butterflies find this plant irresistible.

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The Master Gardeners will have this plant and many more nectar and host plants available at our Spring Plant Sale on April 7, 2018.

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Articles from GardenSMART guest writers and Horticulture Editor Therese Ciesinski. Get landscape design ideas, general horticulture tips and gardening ideas. Articles on how to grow seeds, plants, trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals. Learn about public and private gardens Garden Smart has visited. Ne...
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The Master Gardeners would like to thank everyone that came out to our Lunch and Learn. We were very excited about the turn out. Also, thanks again to Allen Owings for the very informative talk on Louisiana Super Plants, very enjoyable.
Mark your calendars for the next Lunch and Learn on February 27th. Our guest speaker will be Kiki Fontenot, presenting a talk on Vegetable Gardening. We’ll post more details as we get closer to that date.

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Tue 12:00 PM CSTLincoln Parish Library Community Room

Wonderful editorial in yesterday's Ruston Daily Leader about our new tree trail at Lincoln Parish Park.

Great job, tree trail committee.

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Wanted: Presenters, demonstrators and educators, and Vendors of plants, arts/crafts and food for Pollination Celebration 2018 Event on September 15, 2018 in Hammind, La. See http://tpmga.org/pollination for information and application forms!

Come experience Pollination Celebration, hosted by the Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardener Association and the LSU AgCenter on the grounds of the Hammond Research Station. 
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Please join us at our first of four 2018 seminars. Allen Owings, retired horticulture agent at LSU AgCenter will talk about Louisiana Super Plants. You are sure to learn about some new plants you will want to add to your garden this spring. This is a free event with no advance registration required. A boxed lunch and bottled water will be served at this seminar.

JAN23
Tue 12:00 PM CSTLincoln Parish Library Community Room

You are invited to attend a series of four FREE lunch-hour seminars on gardening topics. Doors open at 11:45 and there is no charge or registration required. Speakers will begin promptly at 12:05 and conclude at 12:50. Brown bag sandwich, cookie and bottled water will be served at the January seminar.