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Calendar of Events

  • Oct. 28
    Gardening for Seniors - Nixa (The program is free but space for guests is limited to 20, so register early at the county Extension office on the Ozark square, 581-3558)

  • Nov. 16
    Free Gardening Seminar - Focusing on house plants, overwintering and succulents - Nixa (Register by Nov. 13 by calling 417-581-3558)

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2020 Master Gardener class begins March 5

University of Missouri Extension in Jasper County is sponsoring a Missouri Master Gardener training program.  Classes will meet Tuesday and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. The program contains sessions designed to train volunteers in various aspects of horticulture. The Master Gardeners participate in a wide variety of community service projects and assist University of Missouri Extension in providing unbiased educational information to the public.

A person who wishes to become a Master Gardener is required to attend the training sessions (30 hours of training), and contribute 30 hours of volunteer service to Master Gardener projects during the following year. The fee for the training is $200.

Check back for more information and an application.

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Popular articles from recent TV appearances 

Video presentations of Robert Balek, horticulture specialist, on KSN-TV Living Well segments can be found here.  Search for Robert Balek.


From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar

The From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar is a garden journal for Missouri gardeners, as well as a how-to guide and information resource. It provides a place to keep all gardening information, plans and notes together.

Order from your local county extension office or here for $17.00.



Featured articles and gardening tips from experts around the state





Seasonal and Simple: A Guide for Enjoying Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Seasonal and simple is a guide to help you select, store and prepare fresh fruits and vegetables. The recipes use simple preparations and seasonings, so you can taste the goodness of a fruit or vegetable at the peak of its flavor. The fruits and vegetables are listed in the guide by their growing season — spring, summer and fall. Nutrients and associated health benefits are listed with each fruit or vegetable. Order your copy from your local county extension office or here. $15.00. Download the free app here.




  • Weed ID Guide — University of Missouri. Helps identify common weeds in field crops, pastures, ornamentals and turfgrass.
  • Weed ID App — New app helps you name that weed.  University of Missouri Extension has released a free app for iPhones, iPads and Android devices to help people easily identify weeds in the field, lawn or garden. 
  • Turfgrass and Weeds, IPM1009 (PDF)
  • Weed ID — University of Illinois Extension
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