Master Gardener Course

Training site: John D. Campbell Ag. Center, 18710 SW 288 St. Homestead, FL 33030

(University of Florida/ Miami-Dade County Extension) 

All classes are taught by University of Florida faculty.

Hands-on activities are included for most classes. 

 

Program

Master Gardener Handbook
(for the whole course)

Reading Assignment

Week Content Links

1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8
9 10 11  


2013 Week 1

PROGRAM

SPEAKER

Welcome & Introductions

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S., Teresa Olczyk, Director

Pre-test & Orientation

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S.

Break

 

History of MG program & office tour

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S.

History of Extension

Mary Lamberts, Ph.D.

Lunch

 

Basic Botany

Dan Culbert, M.S. .

Break

 

Basic Botany

Dan Culbert, M.S. .

Outside activity

Dan Culbert, M.S. & Adrian Hunsberger, M.S.

MG History
Extension History

Orientation to Extension

Botany

Botany web sites

Botany Book for Florida

Plant Id Note Sheet

Plant Names

2013 Week 2

Plant Nutrition

Teresa Olczyk, M.S.

Break

 

Soils

Teresa Olczyk, M.S.

Lunch

 

Basic Plant Science

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S.

Break

 

Basic Plant Science

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S.

Outside activity - Plants of the day

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S.

Plant Nutrition & Fertilizers
Plant Nutrition Deficiencies
Soils

Fertilizing the Garden
Garden Math Sample Problems

Calcareous soils in Miami-Dade County

Soils & Fertilizers for Master Gardeners: Organisms in the Soil

Soils and Fertilizers for Master Gardeners: Phosphorus in the Home Landscape

Soils & Fertilizers for Master Gardeners: Soil Drainage and Water Holding Capacity

Soils and Fertlilizers for Master Gardeners: Soil Fertility

Soils & Fertilizers for Master Gardeners: Soil Organic Matter and Organic Amendments

Soils and Fertilizers for Master Gardeners: Soil Physical Properties

Soils & Fertilizers for Master Gardeners: The Florida Gardener's Guide to Landscape Fertilizers
Chemical, Fertilizers & Seed Co in Miami-Dade

Plant Nutrient Deficiency Database

Plant Physiology

How Trees Grow
Tree biology

2013 Week 4

Pruning

Henry Mayer, M.S.

Break

 

Pruning

Henry Mayer, M.S.

Lunch

 

Entomology

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S.

Break

 

Entomology

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S.

Outside activity

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S.

Preparation/Recovery from Hurricanes & Windstorms

Pruning shade trees in landscape
Arborist List

Pruning

Storm Damage Prevention & Treatment

Landscape IPM
New Pests
South Florida Pests

Dealing with Garden Pests & New Insects

Insect ID for South Florida

2013 Week 5

Vegetable gardening

Kim Gabel, M.S.

Break

 

Vegetable gardening

Kim Gabel, M.S.

Lunch

 

Indoor Pests & Urban Wildlife

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S.

Break

 

Indoor Pests & Urban Wildlife

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S.

Raised Bed Garden book 

Construction of Home Compost Units 

Compost Tips for the Home Gardener 

Building a Raised Bed Vegetable Garden: The Easy Way

Growing Vegetables in South Florida

Home Vegetable Garden Techniques: Hand Pollination of Squash and Corn in Small Gardens

Vegetable Gardening South Florida

Vegetable Gardening Problems

Vegetable Gardening 101 (YouTube video)

Africanized Honey Bees in Miami-Dade County

Giant African Land Snail in Florida

Indoor Pests & Occasional Invaders

Landscape Vertebrates Pest Management in South Florida

Ants

Booklice and Silverfish

Cockroaches and Their Management

Invisible Itches: Insect and Non-Insect Causes

Drywood and Dampwood Termites

Pantry and Stored Food Pests

Pillbugs, Sowbugs, Centipedes, Millipedes and Earwigs

Spiders

Dealing with Unwanted Wildlife in an Urban Environment

Managing Nuisance Wildlife in Your Yard series

Dealing with Iguanas in the South Florida Landscape

Florida Invader: Cane Toad


2013 Week 6

Lawns and Lawn Care

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S.

Break

 

Lawns and Lawn Care

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S.

Lunch

 

Palms

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S.

Break

 

Palms

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S.

Outside activity - Plants of the day

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S.

Weeds

How to Grow a Healthy, Happy Florida-Friendly Lawn

Managing your Florida Lawn Drought
Key for i.d landscape turfgrass diseases  
How to calibrate your fertilizer spreader
Figuring out fertilizer for the home lawn  
Homeowner BMP for the home lawn  
Growing turfgrass in the shade  
Weed Management Weed Biology

Palms
Palm Planting

Palm Problems
Palms in the Landscape

Identifying Commonly Cultivated Palms

Transplanting Palms in the Landscape

Palm Seed Germination

A Key to Common Landscape Palm Disorders and Diseases in the Continental United States

Normal "Abnormalities" in Palms

2013 Week 7

Tropical Fruit Trees

Jeff Waiseleski, M.S.

Break

 

Tropical Fruit Trees

Jeff Waiseleski, M.S.

Lunch

 

Irrigation Program & Outdoor Irrigation Demo

Laura A. Vasquez, FYN Coordinator and Jesus Lomeli, UCU Techician

Break

 

Rain Barrel Workshop

Barbara McAdam, Program Assistant

Outside activity - Plants of the day

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S.

Tropical Fruit in South Florida

FruitScapes Videos

Tropical Fruit Factsheets

Alternatives to Citrus

Laurel Wilt Disease on Redbay and Avocado Trees in the Home Landscape

Tropical Fruit Nurseries

Top 5 Retrofits Opportunities for South Florida

Checklist of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Practices 

Landscape Elements for a Florida-Friendly Yard

Let Your Lawn Tell You When To Water

Smartirrigation Apps: Urban Turf

Home Irrigation and Landscape

How to Calibrate Your Sprinkler System

 Residential Irrigation System Rainfall Shutoff Devices

 Smart Irrigation Controllers: How Do Soil Moisture Sensor (SMS) Irrigation Controllers Work?

Basic Repairs and Maintenance for Home Landscape Irrigation Systems

Water Conservation and Rain Barrel

Building a rain barrel

2013 Week 8

Plant Pathology

Aaron Palmateer, M.S.

Break

 

Plant Pathology

Aaron Palmateer, M.S.

Lunch

 

Landscape Maintenance

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S.

Break

 

Landscape Maintenance

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S.

Outside activity - Plants of the day

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S.

MG Plant Path
Plant Pathology Guidelines for MG
Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic
Properly Collecting a Plant Sample
Plant Pathology

MG 1
MG 2
MG 3

Landscape Maintenance
Low Maintenance Landscape Plants for SF
Invasive & Banned Plants of Miami-Dade

Landscape Mulches: What Are The Choices in Florida? 

Nonchemical Weed Control for Home Landscapes and Gardens 

Planting Shrubs in Florida Landscapes
Planting Trees in Landscapes
Shade Tree Health & Maintenance
Root Growth in Urban Trees
Amendments at Planting & Backfilling
Planting & Establishing Trees

2013 Week 9

You may want to wear a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, walking shoes, lunch (or we can eat at local restaurants) and bring water    ****

Field trip

 


2013 Week 10

Reading Pesticide labels

Mary Lamberts, Ph.D.

Break

 

Garden safety

Mary Lamberts, Ph.D

Lunch

 

Diagnosing plant problems

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S.

Break

 

Diagnosing plant problems

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S.

Outside activity

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S.

Pesticide Labels: What should be on a label

Lets Think Safety in the Garden

Food Safety in the Garden (& Kitchen)

Weeds & Weed Control

Diagnosing plant problems


2012 Week 11 LAST CLASS

Volunteer Records on-line (VMS)

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S.

Break

 

Telephone training

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S.

Pot Luck Lunch (please bring a covered dish)

 

MG policies & evaluation

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S.

Outside activity - Tour of UF/TREC  

Adrian Hunsberger, M.S. & Aaron Palmateer, Ph.D.

Take home exam

 

MG Project & Activities

Telephone Training

Plant Propagation Lecture

Propagation of landscape plants
Propagation of woody by grafting & budding
Palm seed germination  
Propagation of woody ornam. by cuttings
Seed propagation of woody ornam.

Shrub Selection
Uncommon Trees in SF

Low Maintenance Landscapes
Mulches for the Landscape
Coping with Drought in the Landscape

Fertilizer Recommendations for Landscape Plants

SF Landscape Irrigation

Using the Irrigation Controller for a Better Lawn on Less Water

Energy Efficient Homes: The Irrigation System

Smart Irrigation Controllers: Operation of Evapotranspiration-Based Controllers

 

Flowering Trees Miami-Dade

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