Horticulture News: New horticulture agent ready to hit the ground running

By Adam Leonberger, Published:

I am the new horticulture agent for Franklin County. I was raised in Indianapolis and earned a B.S. in plant biology and horticultural production/marketing (2008) and an M.S. in plant pathology (2010), from Purdue University.

I’ve worked in plant disease diagnostic labs in several different extension systems and am excited to try my hand as a county agent. Our local county extension office offers many wonderful services, and below are just some of the ways we can help your garden thrive.

First of all we can help solve your garden woes.

Plant disease, weed and insect identification are available. Bring a sample to the office, fill out the appropriate form with information regarding your sample and we can find the answer for you. You may also email good quality photos of your plant or plant problems to me.

Be sure to send several pictures, from several angles and include a description and history of the problem. We work with other county agents and state specialists to unearth the cause and provide you with the information you need.

Information on a wide range of topics can be found in the free publications that are available. These publications cover everything from “Selecting the Right Grass for Your Kentucky Lawn” to “What’s Wrong with My Taxus?” to “General Use Insecticides for Home Gardening.”

There are even publications that offer information on moles, snakes and bats; and others on Shitake mushroom growing, organic gardening and raspberries. Publications are in print format and can be picked up at the Extension Office and are available on-line through http://www.ca.uky.edu.

One of the most valuable programs for home and commercial gardeners is soil testing.

The process is simple: pick up soil sample bags and collection instructions at the office; follow the instructions and bring back the sample from your lawn, garden, flowerbed, or other soil in the bag, labeled with your contact information; fill out the informational sheet regarding your sample and your crop; and pay your fee of $3.

We send your soil to UK and in about two to three weeks, you will have a professional analysis and recommendations for improving your soil.  Everyone should take advantage of this useful service before planting to ensure you will get the best results.  

Finally, we are available by phone or stop by and visit the office (101 Lakeview Court, off of Schenkel Lane, just past the entrance to Lakeview Park).

The phone is 502-695-9035, and my email is Adam.Leonberger@uky.edu. Check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FranklinCountyKyCooperativeExtension.

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