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  Fruit Update 1 (2012)
Topics include a review of diseases and insects, update on new pests, Sweet Tango vs Honeycrisp, pest management strategies for 2012 and using dormant oils.
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  Fruit Update 2 (2012) 
Goals & Expectations, spraying equipment, personal protective equipment products, monitoring, mixing and loading, application and timing, most common pests, animal protection, and resources
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  Garden Weed Control
This class discusses how to reduce gardening time by managing weeds.  Topics include: solarization, mulches, cultivation, chemical weed control, weed life cycles, seed sources and longevity, weed growth and cultural practices.
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  Growing Blueberries Part 1
This class provides background information on blueberries, nutritional value, proper growing site, purchasing plants, cultivar selection, planting, and fertilization requirements.
Instructor: Gary L. Heilig, Horticulture Educator for MSU Extension Ingham County
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  Growing Blueberries Part 2
The class continues with irrigation requirements, weed control, pruning, mulches, insects, diseases, harvesting and resources.
Instructor: Gary L. Heilig, Horticulture Educator for MSU Extension Ingham County
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   Growing Culinary Herbs
Recorded March 21, 2011 in Lansing, the discussion topics included: definitions, herb uses, nutrition, award winning cultivars, growing requirements such as light, soil mixes, containers, fertility, watering, weed control, pest problems, harvesting, processing, storage, bringing plants in for winter and resources.                         Instructor: Gary L. Heilig, Horticulture Educator for MSU Extension Ingham County
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  Growing Pears
Basic information on how to grow pears in the home garden including: site selection, planting, training and pruning, fertilization, weed control, pests, harvesting etc.  Format: Adobe Connect
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Growing Raspberries & Blackberries 1
Growing Raspberries & Blackberries 2
Types, bramble facts, nutrition information, site evaluation and preparation, plant sources, cultivars, planting, fertility, pruning, irrigation, weed control, insects and diseases, harvesting and resources.
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Growing Strawberries Part 1
This class will be helpful for both the beginner and experienced gardener.  The topics include: Site selection, cultivars, growing systems, pre-planting duties, cover crops, planting, strawberry types and flower & fruit bud development.
Instructor: Gary L. Heilig, Horticulture Educator for MSU Extension Ingham County
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Growing Strawberries Part 2
The class discussion continues with: temperature regulation, mulching and row covers, pre and post planting weed control, fertility, soil amendments, irrigation, frost control, insect, disease and animal pests, harvesting and renovation.
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Growing Tart & Sweet Cherries
History of cherry industry, why grow cherries, nutrition info., site evaluation and preparation, plant sources, cultivars, planting, fertility, irrigation, weed control, training and pruning systems, pest management, harvesting and resources.
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Growing Transplants at Home Part 1
If you would like to be able to grow high quality vegetable and flower transplants, this class will help you to accomplish your goal.
In part one, you will learn: advantages of growing your own plants, light & plant function, types of light such as natural vs incandescent, fluorescent, LED, and HID. Containers will also be discussed.
Instructor: Gary L. Heilig, Horticulture Educator for MSU Extension Ingham County


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Growing Transplants at Home Part 2
Part two will cover: labeling, potting mixes, seed storage and treatments, germination, planting dates, transplanting, fertilization, moisture management. pests and plant hardening.
Instructor: Gary L. Heilig, Horticulture Educator for MSU Extension Ingham County


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  The Science of Composting
Why compost? Factors that affect decomposition, the role of carbon & nitrogen, composting methods, containers, compost pile organisms, materials, pile problems, when compost is ready, benefits of compost and using compost.
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Using Organic Pesticides in the Garden
Why organic pesticides? Review of organic fungicides and insecticides, and resources.
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