Life Outside the City Limits

January 2014

Nebraska Master Gardeners - Have you ever considered become a Master Gardener? Training for most sites throughout the state begins in January and February.  Learn more about training requirements and how Master Gardeners volunteer in their communities. 

Keeping Chickens in Winter - The winter months can bring a few challenges for backyard chickens, but a little planning can help overcome these and keep your chickens healthy and safe. Andy Larson, Iowa State University, talks about raising backyard chickens, including what you need, what you need to do, and all about getting started.

Creating Lightweight Hypertufa Containers - Urban Trail Gardens owner Ron Harvey talks about a simple method to make your own lightweight containers. Produced by Backyard Farmer, Nebraska's premier gardening program. Visit us at 

Monthly Features

2015 Master Gardener Training Begins in January

The Nebraska Master Gardener program is a horticulture related volunteer training program based in many counties throughout the state. It has been part of UNL Extension since 1976. Master Gardener volunteers are trained by UNL Extension faculty and staff. They contribute time as volunteers working through their local Extension office to provide horticulture-related information to their community. More specifically, they provide education about sustainable horticultural practices.

Master Gardener training sessions are held at county offices throughout the state. Classes begin in February or March, depending on the location. A minimum of 40 hours of educational training is provided. Most locations conduct training during daytime hours, but some offer evening classes.

For more information, or to complete an on-line application, visit

Drought Resources

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension has created a new website that offers resources for those dealing with drought.

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