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Ask a Master Gardener: Get gardening answers online in 24 hours

Did you know that you can submit your gardening questions to University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners online and get a solid, research-based answer by the next day?

Ask A Master Gardener is staffed by Extension Master Gardeners ready and willing to provide solutions to your gardening problems within 24 hours. Minnesota recently completed training, and currently 71 Master Gardeners are volunteering for Ask A Master Gardener.

How does it work? Simple. Visit, type in your question, attach a photo if you like and submit. Your question is filtered and sent to a Master Gardener whose criteria (location, topic, etc.) matches your question and location. The Master Gardener volunteer receives your question via e-mail, researches and responds to your e-mail.

Be sure to check out the U of M Extension Garden website, for the latest gardening information. Archives of answered gardening questions can also be searched on the national eXtension website at

The next time a gardening problem perplexes you, Ask A Master Gardener.

For more information on Extension's Master Gardener program, including how to become a Master Gardener volunteer, visit

University of Minnesota Extension is a 100-year-old partnership between the university and federal, state and county governments to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. Through Extension, the University of Minnesota "extends" its resources to address critical public issues in priority areas, including food and agriculture, communities, environment, youth and families. For more information, visit