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jan aman, homedale

Master gardening opens doors:

She lives on 350 acres in southwestern Idaho, but Jan Aman, of Homedale, isn't isolated anymore. Becoming an Advanced Master Gardener through Canyon County Extension has "involved me with other people and rounded out my life," she says. "There's just no end to where you can go with it."

Some days, Aman is reviewing native-plant lists with College of Idaho botany faculty; other days, she's dissecting beans, taking leaf cutting from begonias, or making "soil samples" from crushed hard candy, cookies, M&Ms, and peanut butter with her fourth- and fifth-grade Junior Master Gardeners at the Marsing Elementary School.

"The doors just keep opening for you," Aman says. "It's a great opportunity. You get to meet diverse people and everybody has something to offer."

On many of her Master Gardener projects, Aman works cooperatively with Extension educator Judith McShane, sharing the knowledge she gains with the members of the Owyhee Gardeners. The club is installing a native-plant demonstration at the Marsing Community Garden. "Probably the first thing the Master Gardener program does right off the get-go is to make you water-wise," Aman says.

An advocate of xeriscaping ("not zero-scaping!"), Aman is applying those lessons at home, too, where she is developing a mixed border of native plants. "We need to incorporate more water-thrifty plants in our landscapes," she says. "They help us conserve our natural resources and they're native to our region."

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