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Gardening Topics during 34th Annual Ag Expo
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This year’s show is packed with presentations, discussions and demonstrations aimed at everyone from livestock producers to field crop growers, parents and gardeners.


Source: Michigan State University Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Contact: Eileen Gianiodis at gianiod1@msu.edu or 517-884-7087

Gardening Topics Abound during the 34th Annual Ag Expo


Gardening topics abound during the 34th annual Ag Expo Michigan Ag Expo’s roots run deep in education. From equipment displays detailing new tractor features and seed company representatives explaining the complexity of a new hybrid to MSU staff members discussing the benefits of innovative management practices, Ag Expo offers a learning opportunity for nearly every interest.

Ag Expo 2013, July 16-18 at Michigan State University, provides educational sessions and demonstrations highlighting a wide variety of topics. This year’s show is packed with presentations, discussions and demonstrations aimed at everyone from livestock producers to field crop growers, parents and gardeners, presented by MSU researchers, MSU Extension educators, Master Gardeners and industry professionals.

Exploring backyard beekeeping

Why raise honeybees? What costs can you expect – in both money and time? Where can you purchase bees? If you already own a hive, what’s next? Representatives from Turtlebee and Honeytree farms will answer these questions and many more in a 30-minute presentation that will whet the appetite for full-scale beekeeping classes conducted at the farms.

Time for questions will be included during the presentation. Information on options for obtaining honeybees will be available, and various types of equipment to house them in will be on display during the session and throughout the show.

The beekeeping session will take place at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. all three days of the event. All presentations will take place in Lot 213.

Smart container gardening starts with the right container

Have you ever wondered why your beautiful container gardens seem to run out of gas in the summer? Join horticulture expert Carol Lencheck, of Oakland County MSU Extension, for a demonstration that will help you choose the right container and appropriate plants, and employ savvy growing techniques.

This session will take place in the CANR Tent July 16 beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Totally tomatoes

Got problems in the tomato patch? Are your fruit not cute? MSU Extension horticulture educator and seasoned vegetable gardening veteran Gretchen Voyle presents a session on troubleshooting problems with America’s favorite vegetable. Learn how simple techniques such as watering can improve fruit quality and how weather patterns may cause physiological issues or disease.

This session will take place in the CANR Tent July 17 beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Contained beauty: Carefree container gardens

Interest in container gardening is on the rise. With hundreds of new plants and containers to choose from, the design possibilities are endless. Join Michigan State University Extension horticulture educator Rebecca Finneran for an enjoyable look at what makes a great container garden and tips to add color to any setting and keep it fresh all season long.

This session will take place in the CANR Tent July 18 beginning at 9:30 a.m.

For the dates, times and locations of other Ag Expo events, check the daily schedule in the event guidebook, available on the site.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 16 and 17, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 18. Admission to the grounds and parking at Farm Lane and Mt. Hope Road are free.

For more information about Ag Expo, call 800-366-7055 or visit www.agexpo.msu.edu.

The MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources sponsors Ag Expo.