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IDAHO Master Gardener Program Handbook ® IDAHO MASTER GARDENER UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO EXTENSION 15th Edition The Idaho Master Gardener Program Handbook was prepared by a committee of University of Idaho educators: Robert R. Tripepi, Chair, Extension Horticulture Specialist, UI Department of Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences, Moscow Michael Bauer, Extension Educator, Bonner County, Sandpoint Susan M. Bell, Extension Educator, Ada County, Boise Wayne B. Jones, Extension Educator, Bonnevill
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  IDAHO Master Gardener Program Handbook MASTER GARDENER IDAHO UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO EXTENSION ® 15th Edition The  Idaho Master Gardener Program Handbook  was prepared  by a committee of University of Idaho educators:Robert R. Tripepi, Chair, Extension HorticultureSpecialist, UI Department of Plant, Soil andEntomological Sciences, MoscowMichael Bauer, Extension Educator, Bonner County, SandpointSusan M. Bell, Extension Educator, Ada County,Boise Wayne B. Jones, Extension Educator, BonnevilleCounty, Idaho Falls The committee wishes to thank the contributing authors and the many people who have assisted in the production of this handbook.  ©2013 by the University of Idaho. All rights reserved.The concept of the Master Gardener Program srcinated in Washington state in the early 1970s. Many of thematerials in this handbook have been taken by permission from the Master Gardener Handbook produced byWashington State University. The authors appreciate WSU’s leadership and willingness to share resources.They also appreciate being able to use materials from the Master Gardener Handbook produced by OregonState University.For information about the Idaho Master Gardener Program, see the following web site:www.extension.uidaho.edu/mgTo order the  Idaho Master Gardener Program Handbook  call or write Educational Publications Warehouse,University of Idaho, 875 Perimeter Drive MS 2332, Moscow, ID 83844-2332, 208/885-7982, or fax 208/885-4648, or email to calspubs@uidaho.eduFor other gardening publications and information relevant to Idaho visit the Idaho Landscapes & Gardens website at http://www.extension.uidaho.edu/idahogardens. University of Idaho gardening publications are alsoonline at http://www.extension.uidaho.edu/catalog.asp under the category gardening. Issued in furtherance of cooperative extension work in agriculture and home economics, Acts of May 8 andJune 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Charlotte V. Eberlein, Director of University of Idaho Extension, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho 83844. The University of Idaho providesequal opportunity in education and employment on the basis of race, color, national srcin, religion, sex,sexual orientation, age, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, as required by stateand federal laws.December 2013 CREDITSIDAHO MASTER GARDENER HANDBOOK  IDAHO MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM HANDBOOKiii PUBLICATIONS & DVDS BASICS Fertilizers and Soils ❑ Composting and Using Backyard Poultry Waste inthe Home Garden (CIS 1194).................(online only) ❑ Composting at Home (CIS 1066).......................$4.00 ❑ Fertilizing Gardens (CIS 922).................(online only) ❑ Fertilizing Landscape Trees (CIS 1068).............$1.00 ❑ Fertilizing with Manure (PNW 533)...................$2.00 ❑ Managing Soils in Short-Season, High-Altitude Zones (BUL 858).............(online only) ❑  Northern Idaho Fertilizer Guide:Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries(CIS 815).................................................(online only) ❑  Northern Idaho Fertilizer Guide: Northern Idaho Lawns (CIS 911)...........(online only) ❑ Soil Fertility in Organic Systems: A Guide for Gardeners and Small-Acreage Farmers (PNW 646) .............................................(online only) ❑ Southern Idaho Fertilizer Guide:Southern Idaho Lawns (CIS 846)...........(online only) ❑ Using Bark and Sawdust for Mulches,Soil Amendments, and Potting Mixes(CIS 858)................................................................35¢ ❑ Using Soil Test Results for Garden Fertilization (CIS 1182)..........................(online only) Plant Propagation ❑ Propagation of Plants by Budding and Grafting (PNW 496)...........................................$3.50 ❑ Propagating Herbaceous Plants from Cuttings (PNW 151).......................(online only) FOOD Vegetable Gardening ❑ Choosing and Growing Adapted Vegetable Varieties (BUL 863)...............(online only) ❑ Conduct Your Own Garden Research(CIS 1041)...........................................................$2.00 ❑ Gardening Strategies for Short-Season, High-Altitude Zones (BUL 859).............(online only) Vegetable Gardening (cont’d) ❑ Growing Mushrooms Commercially— Risks and Opportunities (CIS 1077)...................$1.50 ❑ Growing Tomatoes in Cool, Short-SeasonLocations (BUL 864)..............................(online only) ❑ Growing Vegetable Seedlings for Transplanting (CIS 800)........................................35¢ ❑ Growing Wasabi in the Pacific Northwest(PNW 605)..............................................(online only) ❑ Grow Your Own: Beans and Peas (PNW 495)....................(online only) ❑ Harvesting and Storing Fresh GardenVegetables (BUL 617)........................................$3.00 ❑ Introduction to Short-Season Gardening in Idaho (BUL 857).................................(online only) ❑ Options for Storing Potatoes at Home(CIS 1153)...............................................(online only) ❑ Planning an Idaho Vegetable Garden(BUL 775)...........................................................$4.50 ❑ Potato Production in the Home Garden(CIS 1000)...............................................(online only) ❑ Short-Season Vegetable Gardening(PNW 497)..............................................(online only) Berries ❑ Commercial Red Raspberry Production in the Pacific Northwest (PNW 598)..........................$13.50 ❑ Growing Blueberries in the Inland Northwest & Intermountain West(BUL 815)...............................................(online only) ❑ Growing Currants, Gooseberries, and Jostaberries in the Inland Northwest andIntermountain West (BUL 855)..............(online only) ❑ Growing Raspberries and Blackberriesin the Inland Northwest &Intermountain West (BUL 812)..............(online only) ❑ Growing Saskatoons in the Inland  Northwest & Intermountain West (BUL 866)...............................................(online only) Idaho Master Gardener Program Handbook Gardening Publications You may obtain the following University of Idaho Extension publications from your local University of Idaho Extensionoffice or order directly from Educational Publications Warehouse, University of Idaho, 875 Perimeter Drive MS 2332,Moscow, ID 83844-2332, 208/885-7982, fax 208/885-4648, email calspubs@uidaho.edu. Most publications are alsoavailable online. Online publications are available as free downloads at www.extension.uidaho.edu/catalog.asp  IDAHO MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM HANDBOOK Berries (cont’d) ❑ Growing Strawberries in the Inland Northwest & Intermountain West(BUL 810)...............................................(online only) ❑ Growing Western Huckleberries(BUL 821)...........................................................$3.00 Fruits and Nuts ❑ Backyard Grapes (CIS 790)................................$1.00 ❑ Cherry Training Systems: Selectionand Development (PNW 543).............................$3.00 ❑ Cuatro Pasos Sencillos para la Poda de Cerezos Sobre Gisela y Otros PortainjertosProductivos (PNW 592-S)..................................$2.00 ❑ Four Simple Steps to Pruning Cherry Trees on Gisela and Other Productive Rootstocks (PNW 592).......................................$4.00 ❑ Growing Apples for Local Marketsin Cold Climates (BUL 820)...............................$2.50 ❑ Growing Kiwifruit (PNW 507)...............(online only) ❑ Growing Melons (CIS 799)...................................35¢ ❑ Growing Small-Fruit Crops in Short-Season Gardens (BUL 868).................................(online only) ❑ Growing Tree Fruits in Short-Season Gardens (BUL 867)...............................................(online only) ❑  Nutrient Management in Idaho GrapeProduction (CIS 1171)............................(online only) ❑ Pears in the Home Garden (CIS 898)....................35¢ ❑ Protecting Grapevines from Winter Injury (PNW 603) ......................(online only) ❑ Selecting Grape Cultivars and PlantingSites in Idaho (CIS 1043).......................(online only) ❑ Sweet Cherry Rootstocks for the Pacific Northwest (PNW 619)................(online only) ❑ Training and Pruning Your Home Orchard (PNW 400).................................$3.00 ORNAMENTALS Flowers ❑ Gladiolus for the Home Garden (CIS 909)...........35¢ ❑ Roses: Care After Planting (CIS 796)................$1.00 ❑ Hardy Roses for Harsh Climates(BUL 874)...............................................(online only) Lawns ❑ Don’t Bag It! Recycle Your Grass Clippings (CIS 1016)....................(online only) ❑ Lawn Care in Short-Season, High-Altitude Zones (BUL 875).............(online only) ❑ Starting a Home Lawn (CIS 1062).........(online only) ❑ Thatch Prevention and Control in Home Lawns (CIS 1063)........................(online only) ❑ Turfgrass Seeding Recommendations for the Pacific Northwest (PNW 299)..........(online only) ❑ Watering Home Lawns: How Much and How Often (CIS 1157)............................(online only) Landscape ❑ Grafting and Budding Plants to Propagate,Topwork, Repair (PNW 496)..............................$2.50 ❑ Herbaceous Ornamentals: Annuals, Perennials, and Ornamental Grasses (BUL 861).......(online only) ❑ Fire-Resistant Plants for Home Landscapes (PNW 590)..........................................................$3.00 ❑ How to Prune Coniferous EvergreenTrees (BUL 644).....................................(online only) ❑ How to Prune Deciduous LandscapeTrees (BUL 819).................................................$2.00 ❑ Landscaping with Native Plants(BUL 862)...............................................(online only) ❑ Low Input Landscaping (CIS 1054).......(online only) ❑ Management of White Pine Weevil in Spruce (CIS 1133)..............................(online only) ❑ Ornamental Grasses for Idaho Landscapes (CIS 1161)...........................(online only) ❑ Plant Materials for Landscaping(PNW 500)..........................................................$2.50 ❑ Selecting, Planting, and Caring for Trees, Shrubs, and Vines (BUL 860).................(online only) ❑ Trees for Southwestern Idaho Landscapes (BUL 884)...............................................(online only) PROBLEMS Diseases ❑ Fairy Rings in Turf (EXP 676)..............................50¢ ❑ Management of Vegetable Diseasesin Home Gardens (CIS 993)...................(online only) ❑  Nutrient Disorders in Tree Fruits (PNW 121)..............................................(online only) ❑ Physiological Leaf Roll of Tomato(PNW 616)..............................................(online only) Insects ❑  Natural Insecticides (PNW 649).............(online only) ❑ Encouraging Beneficial Insects in Your Garden (PNW 550).............................................$1.00 ❑ Homeowner Guide to Bees (BUL 854)..............$4.00 ❑ Homeowner Guide to Minor Stinging Insects(BUL 853)...........................................................$3.00 ❑ Homeowner Guide to Spiders Around the Home and Yard (BUL 871).................................$5.00 PUBLICATIONS & DVDSiv
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