Cass County MO Master Gardeners

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Over 63,000 gardeners have watched the K-State Garden Hour webinars since starting in 2020. We invite you to be one of them! Below is the list of the 2024 webinars. These awesome webinars are free but you do have to register to join the live webinars, or find the recordings to view later at: This year's first live webinar will be tomorrow, Wednesday, January 3rd from Noon to 1pm.


Free Admission Day Tuesday, December 5th at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens!

Free Admission Day is tomorrow, December 5! 🤩 Discover the calm beauty of the season, take a quiet walk and enjoy the unique charm of the gardens, all at no charge on the first Tuesday of the month.


We are so happy to announce that we are offering a Beginning Beekeeping workshop on December 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There is no cost, but registration is required! Please call 417-646-2419 to register.


Save the Date!! Our garden symposium is now taking reservations. This event has limited seating and fills up fast! You can register on line via the below link. We hope to see you in February!


KCCG would like to introduce to you our new Executive Director, Jennifer Meyer!

Jennifer has served on the KCCG team for the past 5 years as the organization’s Director of Development, bringing with her a background in non-profit fundraising and leadership and a passion for growing food.

With the "semi-retirement" of KCCG's previous Executive Director, Ben Sharda, earlier this fall, Jennifer was the natural choice to move into this leadership role. She has been an integral piece of KCCG's fundraising efforts for the past 5 years and there couldn't be a better person to continue KCCG's mission to empower and inspire low-income households, community groups, and schools in the Kansas City Metropolitan area to grow their own vegetables and fruit.

Congrats Jennifer!


The leaves are falling, and the last flowers are blooming. Before you start cleaning up your garden, consider what that "mess" can do for biodiversity in your yard. We grow native plant gardens to attract pollinators, and providing them with year round habitat is just as important as feeding them. Here are some tips on preparing your garden for winter!
- Leave the leaves. A layer of leaves provides places for critters to overwinter; most butterflies and moths spend winter in leaf litter. If you must move some leaves, rake them up and pile them somewhere in your yard instead of shredding them with a mower; this will avoid injuring insects. You can use leaves to mulch your native plant garden, or place them around trees and shrubs.
- Not only do bugs hide away in the leaves, many queen bees will burrow into the ground to hibernate, and an extra layer of leaves has the added benefit of protecting them from extreme cold.
- Leave plant stems and flowers standing. Stem-nesting bees can lay their eggs into the stems, and migrating birds eat the seeds of some native plants. Seed heads also look beautiful on a frosty morning. Stems have the added benefit of trapping snow in the garden, which can replenish soil moisture in the spring.
- Create brush piles. Planning on trimming shrubs or trees? Don't toss the branches into your compost bin. Instead, tuck them away in a pile in the corner of your yard. Some insects prefer to overwinter in a brush pile, and the piles are a place for birds and small mammals to hide away from predators.

Embrace the mess, support biodiversity, and take your pollinator paradise to the next level!

Check out this useful and incredibly detailed resource on nesting and overwintering habitat for pollinators and other insects from the Xerces Society:
Pollinator Paradise YXE is a project of Wild About Saskatoon, joyfully advocating for nature in Saskatoon, SK


Discover the hardy beauty of sedums! 🌱🌞

These resilient plants can handle scorching heat and drought like a champ. Plus, they're a low-maintenance, pest-resistant addition to your garden.

Get planting tips and explore popular sedum varieties:


Attention Bee Keepers and those interested in getting started! Here is a great opportunity for more information!


Fall is on the way, but there's still time for lots of gardening!

• Divide spring perennials now
• "Top off' tomato plants to encourage ripening as the 1st frost grows near
• Harvest winter squash & pumpkins when rinds cannot be easily penetrated with a thumbnail
• Fertilize and seed cool-season lawns

Find additional gardening tasks for Sept:


The Cass County MU Extension Council is seeking a full time office secretary. Job duties include, but are not limited to the following:
-Open and close the office each day.
-Perform assigned bookkeeping duties using Quick Books.
-Maintain a positive working relationship with all personnel, clientele and Extension Council members.
-Answer the phones and greet and assist the public.
-Perform clerical duties including mailings, maintaining files, assisting with 4-H enrollment and record keeping.
-Perform other duties and responsibilities not listed above to meet the overall accountabilities of the position.

-High school diploma or equivalent.
-1-2 years technical training and/or college coursework preferred.
-Individual must be mature with ability to work effectively in a multi-task office.
-Creative, accurate, organized and have good people skills.
-Must have ability to work without constant supervision.
-Must be dependable, trustworthy with a pleasant and positive attitude.
-Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

Experience and skills:
-Minimum two years overall office/clerical experience preferred.
-Knowledge of Microsoft Office software and other fundamental computer skills.
-Knowledge of Quick Books accounting software is preferred.
-One year of bookkeeping experience preferred.

For a more detailed job description, please contact the Cass County Extension office 816-380-8460 or email [email protected]

If you are interested in applying, please drop off your resume at the Cass County Extension office or email it to [email protected]


Before you begin canning your fresh, home-grown tomatoes, refer to MU Extension's guide "How to Can Fresh Tomato Products."

The free guide includes instructions for safe canning, processing times and recipes for Mexican tomato sauce, tomato juice, ketchup, barbeque sauce, salsa and more!

Start canning:

Profile pictures 08/13/2023

Get yours free at the Cass County Extension Center in Harrisonville Mo.


August 16: Grow Native! Webinar: Learning to Grow Native: Four Seasons of Transformation in a Residential Landscape

In this free webinar, MPF/Grow Native! staff member Emily Gustafson will share the transformation of her Columbia yard from a landscape of turf grass, boxwoods, and day lilies—and a whole lot of invasive bush honeysuckle, burning bush, wintercreeper, and privet—to a space dominated by native plants. She’ll discuss the opportunities and challenges of that transition, the inspiration she drew on, and the resources she used as she learned to “grow native.” She will walk through all four seasons in her landscape, including the seasonal maintenance and stewardship practices that come along with the goal of supporting all of the life around us, even in urban environments.

MPF/Grow Native! Operations Assistant Emily Gustafson provides administrative and outreach support to carry out the mission of MPF and its Grow Native! program. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and her love for conservation and the outdoors started with exploring a state natural area in her Portland neighborhood and spending summers on the rocky shores of Hood Canal in Washington State. Emily lives in Columbia, Missouri, and currently serves on the City of Columbia’s Climate and Environment Commission and is a Missouri Master Gardener. For the past four years, she has worked to transition her city yard from traditional landscaping and invasive plants to a space with hundreds of Missouri natives and all the wildlife those plants support.

The webinar, to be held via Zoom, will include a presentation and a question-and- answer session. The webinar will be recorded and sent to all registrants, as well as posted to our YouTube channel. Register at

Photo of spicebush swallowtail on butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) by Emily Gustafson



After dark, moths and bats take over the night shift for pollination. Nocturnal flowers with pale or white flowers heavy with fragrance and copious dilute nectar, attract these pollinating insects. Not all moth pollinators are nocturnal; some moths are also active by day. Some moths hover above the flowers they visit while others land.

There are over 140,000 species of butterflies and moths worldwide.
Hawkmoths are impressive flyers and some have tongues longer than their bodies. These giant moths fly upwind, tracking the airborne fragrance trail to a clump of flowers. Their caterpillars, to***co and tomato hornworms, are well known to gardeners as voracious feeders. If you want to see their colorful adults, sequester these offspring on a few plants in the corner of your garden.
Image of a hawk moth pollinating a Datura plant via Science News

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