Lawn and Garden
The Kearny County, K-State Research and Extension office is your front door to the resources of Kansas State University. Through our office you can obtain information on trees, turf, shrubs, insects, gardens, and other related topics. We also provide services such as insect identification, plant identification, and soil tests with fertilizer recommendations. You can access the weekly Horticulture Newsletter and receive news on timely topics in horticulture as well as a how to video of the week and a pest of the week publication.
If you have questions, please contact the Kearny County Extension Office.
K-State Garden Hour Webinar
K-State Garden Hour Webinar is a program that was stared at the beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic. The state of Kansas saw an increase in the number of gardeners and this program was designed to be able to reach them and keep the communities up to date on gardening practices and to provide a place to ask any question they may have.
The 2021 Program had topics including: Organic Gardening, Gardening with Beneficial Insects, Growing Berries, Composting with Worms and Native Plants to support Native Bees. These past editions can be accesed on the Horticulture and Natural Resources main webpage.
The 2022 Schedule has not been published but check back for updates closer to March and April. This program will be offered every other Wednesday in the Extension Office from 12:00-1:00.
Extension Master Gardener
The Master Gardener program is a volunteer program in which K-State Research and Extension "trades" classroom training for volunteer time.
Training consists of 40 to 50 hours of instruction in all aspects of horticulture. Instructors include state specialists from Kansas State University, local extension agents and local experts in specific subject matter.
After training is completed, volunteers donate an equivalent number of hours of service as was received in instruction. Service activities are coordinated by the local county extension agent. Though volunteer activities vary widely, all are educational, extension related and represent the interests of K-State Research and Extension.
Master Gardeners have become a vital part of the University's ability to provide accurate, up-to-date and research based information to our clientele.
Volunteer time during the year 2018 totaled 103,736 hours with an average of 74 hours donated per volunteer. This is equivalent to 50 full time extension staff positions and is estimated to be worth $2,340,284.
Who Can Become a Master Gardener?
Anyone with an interest in horticulture can apply for the Extension Master Gardener Program if it is active in your county. If you want to improve your skills and knowledge and you like to work with people, the Extension Master Gardener Program may be for you.
You need to be available for about 40 to 50 hours of daytime training classes your first year. The number of hours required varies with county.
You must have at least a High School Diploma or the equivalent.
Enjoy sharing your love of gardening with others through various Extension Master Gardener projects.