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Friday, 23 March 2018 18:09

Former Auto Body Repairer to Take On Educator-Horticulture Role in NE

Written by Tammy Real-McKeighan, Fremont Tribune
Kathleen Cue, the new extension educator-horticulture in Dodge County, NE, stands in a lab in the Fremont office. Kathleen Cue, the new extension educator-horticulture in Dodge County, NE, stands in a lab in the Fremont office. Tammy Real-McKeighan, Fremont Tribune

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Cue can teach people how to have a garden that encourages pollinator activity that supports a food supply and habitat for them.

 

“Thirty percent of all the pollinators overwinter in the hollow stems of plants,” she said. “If you’re a neatness guru and clean up your entire garden in the fall of the year, then you’ve just killed a lot of overwintering native pollinators.

 

“If you leave it instead, and clean it up in the spring, those pollinators have a chance to emerge as adults, and you’re helping them survive.”

 

Cue also talked about the importance of providing areas of soil, not covered by mulch, where native bees can winter and putting a stone or two in a bird bath that pollinators can land on to get a drink of water.

 

She suggested planting a few more carrots, along with extra dill and parsley, and leaving them for butterflies to eat.

 

Cue looks forward to getting to know the Master Gardeners and working with them to create a go-to place for people with gardening questions.

 

As far as her own gardening is concerned, Cue now likes to pull weeds and even considers it therapeutic.

 

“You can work out your frustrations,” she said, smiling. “You take it out on the weeds.”

 

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