On-Line Learning Opportunities

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Earth-Kind Drought Preparedness. Go to: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/drought/ , go through the entire section and complete and submit the On-line Evaluation to earn 2 Continuing Education Hours beyond the standard limit of 3 CEUs per year during calendar year

Ongoing Training — On-Line; Earn up to 3 CEU’s per year.

Master Gardener On-Line Training

Welcome to the Earth-Kind® On-Line Master Gardener Training. This program is designed to provide information on a variety of environmentally friendly (Earth-Kind®) practices for use in the home landscape and garden. As your interest and knowledge in this area grows you will have an increased awareness of the many programs, practices and activities that are  Earth-Kind®.

Texas Master Gardeners can select from any of these on-line modules to obtain up to 3 hours of re-certification education credits in a calendar year. Each module is worth 1 hour of credit. Master Gardeners are not encouraged to seek re-certification credit for training modules they have completed in previous years.

Progress through the training program is tracked “on-line” and the results for each completed module are automatically forwarded to your county Master Gardener Coordinator.

Participation in the Earth-Kind® On-Line Master Gardener Training will assist Texas AgriLife Extension Service to promote principles and practices that help conserve and protect our state’s valuable natural resources. Working together we can create a healthy and sustainable environment.


To complete a module follow these steps:

  1. Review the directions for completing a quiz and evaluation.
  2. Select a topic, then click on the windows media player button or topic name and review the on-line educational presentation.
  3. Begin the quiz by clicking on the quiz button. (Note: the EK Challenge does not have a quiz component)

On-Line Modules

NOTE: Participants must complete the quiz and the evaluation to receive re-certification credit.

EK Challenge
windows media player logoLandscape Water Conservation water conservation quiz
windows media player logoLow Volume Irrigation low volume irrigation quiz
windows media player logoIrrigation System Auditing irrigation auditing quiz
windows media player logoSafe Use and Handling of Pesticides in the Landscape pesticides quiz
windows media player logoSafe Use and Handling of Fertilizers in the Landscape fertilizers quiz
windows media player logoReducing Landscape Wastes – Composting composting quiz
windows media player logoDesigning an Earth-Kind® Landscape landscape design quiz
windows media player logoLandscaping for Energy Conservation energy conservation quiz
windows media player logoCreating Native Habitat native habitat quiz
windows media player logoEarth-Kind® Roses earth-kind roses quiz
windows media player logoIntegrated Pest Management integrated pest management quiz
windows media player logoPest Management for Crape Myrtles crapemyrtle pest management quiz
windows media player logoRainwater Harvesting – Under Construction

Tomato Growing 101 – $10,  https://agrilifevents.tamu.edu/events/details.cfm?id=641

The best garden is a well planned garden, so while you wait for spring, get ready for the best tomato harvest by taking the new online course Tomato 101 – The Basics of Growing Tomatoes. This course teaches all aspects of growing tomatoes in a home garden, at your own pace and in your own home.

The course covers: Garden and soil preparation, Plant selection and training, Fertilization, Irrigation, Weed, disease and insect control, and General care. A short quiz at the end of each section lets you review what you learned before moving on, and at the completion of the course generates a certificate for you (one hour CEU credit). So, take a seat by your computer and dream about those summer tomatoes while you go through Tomato 101.


The course through Ohio State University is labeled “New Non-Credit Course: Sick Plants in a Hungry World.” What is this course? It is a ten module (not highly technical) information course you take at your own pace, within a ten week time limit after starting, at a cost of $35. If you took an equivalent course at SABOT or SACC, you’d spend at least $35 in gas, not to mention lunch and impulse shopping just because you were in the area. You cannot claim college credits for the course, but the time spent on your computer taking the modules, reading the supplied reading assignments, and taking the self-tests can count as Master Gardener Advanced Training hours.

To learn more about the class, go to: Online Plant Pathology Training Course Info

To register for the class, visit: Online Plant Pathology Training Course Registration


Spring Quite-Bite Webinar Series

These webinars are designed to be no longer than 30 minutes and give you a quick insight look at some of the progress, issues, and problems that we are facing today in the green industry.

Update on Rose Rosette

Wed, Jun 4, 2014 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM CDT

Dr. Kevin Ong, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension                        

Rose rosette disease has been more prominent in the Dallas-Fort Worth area the past 3 years. It has also caught the attention of many people who grow and enjoy roses as well as landscapers who have to take care of them.  There is also quite a bit of information on the internet, various factsheets, guidance documents and voices from media.  So what do we know and what don’t we know about this disease? The webinar gives a quick review of the information from various peer-reviewed articles from scientific journals, summarizing what we know thus far.

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LSU Trial Garden Highlights—Herbaceous Landscape Plants

Wed, Apr 30, 2014 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM CDT

Dr. Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station

This second webinar will focus on  herbaceous plants.

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LSU Trial Garden Highlights—Woody Landscape

Wed, Apr 16, 2014 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM CDT

Dr. Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station

The research focus at LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station is landscape horticulture, including plant selection, fertility, weed control and plant growth regulators. Scientists evaluate more than 500 ornamental plants per year and each spring and fall release a list of Super Plants that grow well in all parts of Louisiana. Dr. Allen Owings is a professor/Extension Specialist, and present a highlight of landscape materials at the station. This webinar will focus on the woody plants and the next one on herbaceous plants.

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Current Situation on Crape Myrtle Bark Scale

Wed, Apr 2, 2014 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM CDT

Dr. Mike Merchant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Crape myrtle is prized for its beauty and its relative freedom from pests in the United States. It is considered to be a $46M crop (farmgate wholesale value) and is planted throughout the South and in many other parts of the United States. A relatively new exotic scale pest of crape myrtle, crape myrtle bark scale (CMBS) is threatening the utility and aesthetics of crape myrtles in urban landscapes in Texas and surrounding states.
Dr. Mike Merchant, probably the first entomologist working on the issue in the U.S., will discuss brief history of CMBS in TX and surrounding areas, symptom, life cycle and control (what works and what does not).

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Coping with Basil Downy Mildew

Tue, Mar 18, 2014 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM CDT

Dr. Kevin Ong, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

With the increasing commercial production areas and popularity of basil plants among homeowners across the United States, basil downy mildew, a severe disease that is caused by Peronospora belbahrii,  has spread to about 40 states since the first report in the United States (South Florida) in the fall of 2007. The earliest report of basil downy mildew in Texas was in 2010.  This webinar will provide information on symptoms of basil downy mildew, cultivar difference and disease management to greenhouse growers, retail nurseries and herb producers.

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UAV’s in Nurseries: Count on It (video)

Wed, Feb 12, 2014 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM CDT

Dr. James Robbins, University of Arkansas-CES

Dr. James Robbins from the University of Arkansas-CES shared his experience on using unmanned aerial vehicles for nursery inventory automation.

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