Master Gardener volunteers help extend gardening knowledge into the community.

Ask A Master Gardener

CCE is following all CDC and NYS guidelines for operations pertaining to Covid-19.

If you live in Wayne County, New York, our trained Master Gardener volunteers can answer your questions on vegetable gardening, flowers, fruits, herbs, houseplants, lawns, trees & shrubs,  wildlife, composting, soil testing and more! This includes plant/weed/insect identification, assistance with plant disease diagnosis, and recommendations for controlling plant diseases and insect pests.

April 1st - October 31st -

Master Gardeners (MG) are available on Fridays from 9am to noon for phone consultations and to look at samples. They will also continue to respond to voicemail and email messages remotely throughout the week to provide support for garden, lawn, and home landscape questions when they are not in the office.

If you would like us to look at a sample, please refer to the instructions below and include your name, address, phone and email address, if you have one, with your sample.

Emailing us: When you are emailing us for Insect or Plant ID or plant disease diagnosis, please provide good quality, clear photos. They can be emailed to mgwayne@cornell.edu and should include your question/problem, your address, and phone number. That way we can contact you with any additional questions we have. If a sample is needed, we will contact you.

Plant Samples (brought to our office): If you would like us to look at plant samples you can drop them off at our office on Thursday from 830am to 430pm or on Friday by 11am. Samples degrade quickly and this timing will help insure the quality of your sample when we look at it. The samples should be freshly cut, live plant parts and include any parts that show the problem. Please enclose them in a sealed plastic bag labeled with your name, address, phone, and email.

Insect Samples (brought to our office): Insect samples can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 830am to 430pm. They should be in a clean, sealed, crush proof container (not a plastic bag) and include your name, address, phone and email.

Soil Samples: Soil pH testing (soil acidly/alkalinity) is completed at our office for 3.00 per sample. The soil should be dry and in a container or plastic bag. Please include your name, address, phone and email. Samples can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 830am to 430pm.

Soil Nutrient Analysis testing is completed by the Dairy One Soil Lab in Ithaca. You mail your sample(s) directly to the lab in Ithaca.

Submission forms, instructions, and mailing boxes are available to pick up from our office or we can provide you with the forms via email. Costs for testing are listed on the submission form and are determined by the type of test you require. If you haven't had a soil nutrient analysis in a while or if it is a new planting site, this is the test that we recommend.

If you need to contact our Master Gardeners you can call (315) 331-8415 ext. 107 or email mgwayne@cornell.edu

November 1st through March 31st we will continue to answer questions left on our voicemail or emailed to mgwayne@cornell.edu

Contact

Laurie VanNostrand
Master Gardener Program Coordinator/Consumer Horticulture
ljv8@cornell.edu
315-331-8415 x107

Last updated July 30, 2020