Frequently Asked Questions
How can I become a Master Gardener?
The Master Gardener program is a volunteer service organization. Participants receive 30 hours of advanced horticultural training in subject areas such as botany, entomology, soil science, plant diseases, pesticide safety and more. Following training, participants complete 30 hours of volunteer service to become Certified Master Gardeners. To recertify in the program every year, participants complete 12 hours of volunteer service and 6 hours of educational training. You can find more information in the Master Gardener section of this site.
What are the age requirements for 4-H?
The 4-H Year is October 1 to September 30. An individual of 4-H age may enroll in and carry 4-H membership in only one state and one county. The individual can join when he/she is in at least the third grade and/or 9 years of age (Example: a child can join 4-H if he/she is 8 years of age and will reach his/her 9th birthday during the current 4-H club year), and will not be eligible for membership if he/she reaches his/her 21st birthday on or before December 31 of the current 4-H year.
What are the age requirements for Cloverbuds?
Cloverbuds is a program for 5 to 8 year old youth in grades K-2. To be eligible for Cloverbuds, a child must turn 5 years old during the 4-H year (October 1 to September 30) and be in Kindergarten.
Help, I’ve been invaded! How do I get rid of lady bugs in my house?
It is best not to use pesticides. The most effective way is using a vacuum or wet/dry vacuum. To prevent them from entering in the autumn, you can apply an indoor/outdoor home insecticide to the exterior of the home. For more information and active ingredients to look for, contact your Extension Office.
When canning tomatoes, can I use my aluminum pan?
It is recommended NOT to use aluminum pans or utensils when cooking/canning tomatoes.