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Welcome to the Extension Master Gardener Initial Training Class. This class is a hybrid model. For the hybrid model, you will view the videos and complete the homework for each module on a weekly basis. Homework and other assignments will be submitted to the horticulture agent for review or grading. During the course of the class, there will be events, labs, or workdays in which you will be able to participate and learn hands-on. This hands-on learning will reinforce what you learn in the online portion of the class.

Before beginning the class, please fill out the EMGV application, submit your class fees, and pick up your Extension Gardener Handbook.


Syllabus: EMGV_Syllabus Sampson


Week 1: Orientation

Videos:

  1. EMGV Program
  2. N.C. Cooperative Extension, Land Grant Universities, and the Master Gardener Program
  3. History of Agriculture in Sampson County

Homework:

  1. Required Reading:   Chapters 1 & 2 (Soils & Plant Nutrients and Composting) in your Extension Master Gardener Handbook

Week 2:  Soils, Plant Nutrients, and Composting

Video:

  1. Soils, Plant Nutrients, and Composting

Homework:

  1. Activity:  Soil Activities
  2. Required Reading:   Chapter 3 (Botany) in your Extension Master Gardener Handbook

Publications:

  1. Essential Plant Nutrients
  2. Soil_Amendments_and_Fertilizers

Week 3:  Botany

Video:

  1. Botany

Homework:

  1. Plant Families Research Exercise
  2. Botany homework
  3. Required Reading:  Chapters 9 & 6 (Lawns & Weeds) in your Extension Gardener Handbook

Week 4: Turf, Lawns, & Weeds

Video:

  1. Turf, Lawns, &  Weeds

Homework:

  1. Turf, lawn, & weed activity
  2. Required Reading:  Chapter 8 (IPM) in your Extension Gardener Handbook

Publications:

  1. Bermudagrass_Lawn_Maintenance_Calendar
  2. Centipedegrass_Lawn_Maintenance_Calendar
  3. St_Augustinegrass_Lawn_Maintenance_Calendar
  4. Zoysiagrass_Lawn_Maintenance_Calendar
  5. Managing Weeds in Warm Season Grasses

Week 5:  IPM & Pollinators

Video:

  1. IPM & Pollinators

Homework:

  1. IPM & Pesticide Activity
  2. Required Reading: Chapter 16 (Vegetable Gardening) in your Extension Master Gardener Handbook

Week 6:  Vegetables & Raised beds

Video:

  1. Vegetable Gardening

Homework:

  1. Master Gardener Vegetables Quiz
  2. Required Reading: Chapter 14 (Small Fruits) in your Extension Master Gardener Handbook

Publications:

  1. Weed control in vegetable gardens
  2. Eastern North Carolina planting calendar for annual vegetables
  3. Crop rotation factsheet

Week 7:  Small Fruits

Video:

  1. Small fruits

Homework:

  1. Small Fruits-Quiz
  2. Required Reading: Chapter 15 (Tree Fruits & Nuts) in  your Extension Gardener Handbook

Publications:

  1. Blueberries for the home garden
  2. Strawberries in the home garden
  3. Blackberries for the home garden

Week 8:  Tree Fruits & Nuts

Video:

  1. Tree Fruits & Nuts

Homework:

  1. Required Reading:  Chapter 11 (Woody Ornamentals) in your Extension Master Gardener Handbook

Publications:

  1. North Carolina Production Guide for Small Orchards
  2. Training and pruning fruit trees in North Carolina
  3. Growing pecans in NC
  4. Fruit cultivars for NC

Week 9:  Woody Ornamentals & Pruning

Video:

  1. Woody ornamentals
  2. Pruning

Homework:

  1. CH 11 Woodys-Quiz
  2. Required Reading:  Chapters 10 & 19 (Herbaceous Ornamentals & Landscape Design) in your Extension Master Gardener Handbook

Publications:

  1. How to prune specific plants
  2. General pruning techniques
  3. Pruning trees and shrubs
  4. Sampson County Pruning Calendar
  5. Screen plants

Week 10:  Herbaceous Ornamentals & Landscape Design

Video:

  1. Herbaceous Ornamentals
  2. Landscape Design

Homework:

  1. Use the Landscape design publication below to draw a site map of your property. This needs to be to scale and on some type of grid paper. You do not have to be elaborate.
  2. Required Reading:  Chapter 4 (Insects) in your Extension Master Gardener Handbook

Publications:

  1. Landscape design
  2. WEED FACTS

Week 11:  Insects

Video:

  1. Insects

Homework:

  1. CH 4 Insects-Quiz
  2. Required Reading:  Chapter 5 and 7 (Diseases & Disorders, and Diagnostics) in your Extension Master Gardner Handbook

Publications:

  1. InsectID-Guide

Week 12:  Disease & Disorders

Video:

  1. Disease & Disorders
  2. Diagnostics

Homework:

  1. CH 5 Diseases-Homework
  2. Required Reading:  Chapter 13 (Propagation) in your Extension Master Gardener Handbook

Week 13:  Propagation

Video:

  1. Propagation

Homework:

  1. CH 13 Propagation-Homework
  2. Required Reading:  Chapter 12 & 20 (Native Plants & Wildlife) in your Extension Master Gardener Handbook

Publications:

  1. Plant Propagation by Stem Cuttings
  2. Plant Propagation by Leaf, Cane, and Root Cuttings
  3. Plant Propagation by Layering

Week 14:  Native Plants & Wildlife

Video:

  1. Native Plants
  2. Wildlife

Homework:

  1. CH 20 Wildlife-Homework

Publications:

  1. Bamboo_control
  2. Invasive plants and your forests
  3. Landscaping for wildlife with native plants

Week 15:  Practical Exam