Wyoming Master Gardeners and big screen superheroes use different tools in combat, but they share a common goal: better the lives of others.
Yes, when facing Wyoming’s brutal winters, droughts, short growing seasons, pests and scouring winds, these volunteerswith green thumbs engage Mother Nature in hand-to-hand battles.
“Gardening in Wyoming is completely different than anywhere else,” said Chris Hilgert, Wyoming Master Gardener coordinator with University of Wyoming Extension. “Living up to the Master Gardener title is a challenge when you are facing an unforgiving growing environment. This program is important because we teach gardeners in Wyoming how to overcome the wind, dry conditions and lack of rain.”
Hilgert explained the use of greenhouses, high tunnels, and other techniques are often recommended and taught by Master Gardeners to extend Wyoming’s short growing season and evade its harsh conditions.
Anyone interested in becoming a Master Gardener or learning techniques to overcome gardening obstacles can attend the 2014 Wyoming Master Gardeners and Wyoming Farmers Marketing Association Joint Conference in Sheridan March 13-15.