Trott Chronicle: The “Garding from the Ground Up” Webinar Series Returns

Tuesday February 22: How environmental factors affect nutrient management

Over the past few years, we’ve been through it all in Minnesota. We have experienced heavy rains and intense droughts accompanied by fluctuating temperatures. How does temperature and precipitation affect nutrient availability and nutrient uptake by plants? Join local extension educators Adam Austing, Tarah Young, and Troy Salzer to discuss how best to manage your fertilizer, soil, and garden in extreme weather conditions.

Wednesday February 23: Building a resilient garden

Gardens can be unpredictable places. By creating diversity in our gardens, we can reduce weak spots and ensure that even when some things go wrong, others do. Local extension educators Troy Salzer and Robin Trott will discuss how soil health and plant selection can reduce the impact of climate change on your garden.

Thursday February 24: How not to kill your tree

As local extension educators, we often receive phone calls about trees that suddenly appear to be dying. We have learned to research and identify the risk factors that will lead to the death of immature trees early on. Local extension educators, Katie Drewitz and Karen Johnson, will teach you how to identify these risk factors and how to avoid killing your trees.

Friday February 25: Bug ID without app

Local extension educators, Shane Bugeja and Claire LaCanne, will provide tips for identifying common yard and garden insects, without a phone app! Identifying insects – or at least reducing suspects – is important to dealing with them properly. Getting a feel for what you are seeing can also help connect with other gardeners or horticultural professionals.

Gardeners and garden owners in Minnesota and the Midwest may find this series useful. “Gardening from the Ground Up” is brought to you by local University of Minnesota extension educators across much of Minnesota, representing Benton, Blue Earth, Douglas, Hubbard, Le Sueur, Meeker, McLeod, Morrison, Rice, Stearns, Steele, St. Louis and Wright counties.

To join us for all or any of these webinars, go to to register. When registering, you can choose to participate in one or more sessions. Pre-registration is required to receive the webinar link. Webinar recordings will be sent at the end of the series.

If you have any questions about the webinar series or need help registering, please call your local extension office. Residents of Douglas County can contact Extension Educator Robin Trott at 320-762-3890 or email [email protected].

Until next time, good gardening!


“The bad news is that time flies. The good news is, you are the pilot. ~ Michael Altshuler

Robin Trott teaches horticulture at the University of Minnesota Extension. Contact her at 320-762-3890, or at [email protected].

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