This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

I'm a certified master gardener!

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I'm certified!!

I've passed the 50 hours of classwork and 60 hours of supervised gardening, help line, etc, and two exams to earn certification as a Master Gardener. It was a challenging course given by the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association (MMGA). I recommend it highly to anyone in central Mass. Also, most states offer their own MG courses.

Every week we had full day lectures given by top experts in the field. They really did bring in the best. Topics included soils, composting, botany, insects, garden design, perennials, berry plants, pruning, vegetable gardening, and others. Every day I would go to class with such anticipation and leave feeling like I wanted to get right out in the garden and practice what I learned. It was fantastic.



Anonymous Janice in NY said...

Congratulations on all your hard work!

November 13, 2016 7:56 AM

Blogger FairviewFarm said...


November 13, 2016 11:52 AM

Blogger Dana K said...


November 13, 2016 3:31 PM

Blogger Connie said...

I'm so proud of you :)

November 13, 2016 7:35 PM

Blogger CHRIS said...

congrats to you... how incredibly fun that sounds! and- lucky us- since we will get to learn even more from you as we see you put your learning into action :)

November 13, 2016 9:29 PM

Blogger marjibeth said...


November 14, 2016 10:21 AM

Blogger Karen Anne said...

I looked into this in my area a couple of years ago. $440 bucks.

November 15, 2016 9:00 AM

Anonymous Ben @Shoreside Organics said...


November 15, 2016 9:34 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


November 15, 2016 11:37 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Yes. The MG classes have a fee. The Massachusetts one I took was just over $500.

November 15, 2016 12:28 PM


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