Plant clinic now open
Despite the cold weather we’ve recently had, spring is in full swing!
Plants and seeds are flying off the shelves, birds and pollinators fill the air, and gardeners who have been anxiously waiting all winter are happy to be back in their natural element.
As you go about taking care of your favorite florae you’re bound to come across questions and issues. Sometimes it can feel a little overwhelming! Don’t worry because The University of Tennessee Extension Master Gardeners have a newly established Plant Clinic to help you find the answers.
Maybe you’ve never heard of a plant clinic before?
A plant clinic can go by multiple names like “Ask a Master Gardener Desk” or “Plant Diagnostic Group” but ultimately, they all have the same goal: to help local residents with their lawn and garden questions.
Due to COVID and keeping your safety in mind, the plant clinic will be run virtually until we can be back in the office. The clinic is run by our awesome University of Tennessee Master Gardeners who are full of knowledge and recourses. They will be able to help you with an array of topics such as lawn care, vegetable production, ornamentals, fungi and disease, trees, plant identification, and more.
If ever a topic or question comes up that one of our Master Gardeners is unfamiliar with, they will be happy to do a little research or get you connected with someone who is more specialized in that area.
Not too shabby huh? You can also call with general questions like “How do I start a garden?” “Do you have any information on beekeeping?” and “What kind of fruit trees would do well in my lawn?”
Right now our hours are Monday through Friday, 8: a.m. to 5 p.m. To get in contact with our Virtual Plant Clinic, simply call the extension office at 423-728-7001 or email me at email@example.com. You will then hear from us within 24 hours!
Once the dust begins to settle with COVID, we will move back into the office which will make assessing plant samples much easier; but for now, we will help you virtually! I know this is a lot to take in, but if you have more questions on how this works give me a ring!
I hope to be hearing from some of you soon and until then, happy gardening.
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