Plants & Pests with Nicole

June 2023

Important Dates

  • Tuesday, June 6th at 6:30pm: Final Spring Series Water Dogs Zoom Program for Master Gardeners. Brad Jakubowski will present on drip irrigation in landscape beds. For information and to register, visit:
  • Tuesdays June 13-27, 7-8 pm: GroBigRed programs, visit: to register for these free programs. All will be recorded and they are all free. You must sign-up to get the login information.
  • Monday, June 19: Gage County Extension Office is closed for Juneteenth
  • Thursday, June 29th at 6:30pm: Water Dogs live program at the Beatrice Public Library. See below for more information.
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Container Gardens

Spring planting season is upon us. An enjoyable part of a garden is a container planting, they are fun and can add a ‘pop’ of color to your landscape. I always enjoy picking out flowers for my container gardens because they can be anything I want and I prefer to use annuals in my containers for long-lasting color through the season.


Drought Effects and Irrigation

The drought continues. We have seen a couple of rains recently in the Beatrice area, but the rain is very spotty this year and is not fully recuperating what we have lost in the past few months of the drought. Irrigation through this will be important for the life of our plants, including both the established and the newly planted things.


About Nicole

Nicole Stoner is the Horticulture Extension Educator located in Gage County, serving Southeast Nebraska. Nicole's focus areas include trees, shrubs, lawns, gardens, and insects. Nicole obtained her Master's Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for Horticulture with a minor in Insect Science, she also has Bachelor's Degrees from UNL in both areas. Nicole is also an ISA Certified Arborist and has her Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ).