To help you decide if you should apply to become a Extension Master Gardenersm volunteer, ask yourself these question:
• Do I want to learn more about growing many types of plants?
• Am I eager to participate in a practical and intense training program?
• Do I look forward to sharing my knowledge with people in my community?
• Do I have enough time to attend training sessions and to serve as a volunteer?
If you answered yes to these questions, the Extension Master Gardenersm program could be for you!
You know you’re an Extension Master Gardener when …
• At least once a day you get naked and do gymnastics in front of a mirror looking for ticks.
• You grab other people’s banana peels, coffee grinds, apple cores, etc. for your compost pile.
• You have to wash your hair to get your fingernails clean.
• All your neighbors come and ask you questions.
• You know the temperature of your compost every day.
• You spend more time volunteering than at home.
• Your spouse never knows where you may be on any given day.
• You buy a bigger truck so that you can haul more mulch.
• You enjoy crushing Japanese beetles because you like the sound that it makes.
• Your boss makes “taking care of the office plants” an official part of your job description.
• Everything you touch turns to “fertilizer”.
• Your non-gardening spouse becomes conversant in botanical names.
• You find yourself touching leaves, flowers and trunks wherever you go.
• When considering your budget, plants are more important than groceries.
• You dumpster-dive for discarded bulbs after commercial landscapers remove them to plant annuals.
• You plan vacation trips around the locations of botanical gardens, arboreta, historic gardens, etc.
• You sneak home a 7 foot Japanese Maple and wonder if your spouse will notice.
• Your neighbors recognize you in your pajamas, rubber clogs and a cup of coffee.
• You always carry a shovel and a plastic bag in your trunk as emergency tools.
• After purchasing $300 worth of plants, you enter “groceries” in your check register.
• You appreciate your Master Gardener badge more than your jewelry.
• You spend more time chopping your kitchen greens for the compost pile than for cooking.
• You like the smell of horse manure better than Estee Lauder.
• To become an Extension Master Gardener:
Please call us at 910-592-7161 to sign up.
If the Master Gardener Program is not for you, maybe you would be interested in some other gardening group, that meets monthly, quarterly, etc. to hear speakers, work on projects, share ideas, dig in the dirt, etc. If this appeals to you, please call and let us know your wishes.
(Editor’s note: Tom Hroza is the commercial horticulturalist for the N.C. Coopertive Extension Service in Sampson County.)