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2016 annual report

Community garden hands-on learning

Rock County

People gathered in a large field with a community garden

How can I grow more produce in a small space? What’s eating my spinach? Is this insect a pollinator?

Rock County Master Gardeners set up two demonstration plots in the Luverne Community Garden to answer these and other gardening questions.

Master Gardeners teach hands-on gardening classes throughout the season to help their community grow big yields in small places. They alert fellow gardeners to disease or insect infestations and provide suggestions on what to do. And they hosted a public garden tour that featured raised-beds, trellis gardening, mulching techniques and pollinator-friendly plants.

Good garden management and timely rain events resulted in excellent vegetable yields in 2016. Some gardeners grew enough to share their excess produce with local organizations.

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