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Gardening Classes Begin In March

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By Dennis Morgeson

The new 2009 Spring Wheelbarrow Series gardening classes are set to start in March.

This year I have tried to put together an array of topics to have something to interest most gardeners.

Like last year, the series will run in the spring with classes coming every two weeks from March through June with all but one class meeting at the Washington County Extension Office.

It costs $5 to attend any or all of the classes however some of them do have additional charges for supplies.

It costs $50 to attend all nine classes which gets you up-to-date educational information, plants of several kinds, a spring vegetable garden starter kit, a bamboo trellis, dinner and a leaf casting.

The event lineup is as follows, but keep in mind some of the sessions will fill up quickly and participants need to register by particular dates for each class. I do ask that you pay when you register.

• March 5: Growing Seedless Grapes

Dr. John Strang, fruit Specialist from U.K., will teach how to grow fresh seedless table grapes better than the ones sold in stores.

Register by Feb. 20; limit 20 participants.

The cost is $15 per person, which includes supper and a grape vine to try at home.

• March 19: Growing a Spring Vegetable Garden

Learn all about planting a spring vegetable garden.

We will discuss most crops for spring including potatoes, peas, carrots, beets, cole crops, onions, lettuce, radish, etc.

All participants will receive a spring garden starter kit complete with seeds, plants and tubers.

Limit 20 participants and registration required by March 6.

Cost is $10.

• April 2: Growing Strawberries

Learn how to grow strawberries at home. All participants will receive 25 plants to start your own strawberry patch.

Register by March 20; limit 30 participants.

Cost is $5; there will be strawberry shortcake!

• April 16: Gardening Greener

We will discuss limited use pesticides, sustainable gardening practices, and low impact ways of gardening. This isn't just a class on organics!

Register by April 3.

• April 30: Growing Nut Trees

Learn what types of nuts can grow in Kentucky as well as which varieties will be most successful. There will be samples of several nut varieties.

Register by April 20.

• May 14: Annual Flowers For Kentucky Gardens

Dr. Rebecca Schnelle, floriculture specialist from U.K., will teach the best annuals for season-long color in Kentucky.

Each participant will receive annuals for their gardens!

Register by May 8.

• May 28: Making A Bamboo Trellis

Learn how to lash a bamboo trellis and make one to take home as well.

Register by May 15; limit 20 participants.

Cost is $10.

• June 11: Planting Drought Proof Containers

Learn about types of succulents and ways to plant them for maximum appeal.

Free Plants!

Register by June 1; limit 20 participants.

• June 25: Making Leaf Casting

We will make concrete leaf castings to use as garden ornaments or bird baths. Bring a large leaf such as an elephant ear, canna or rhubarb etc.

Register by June 12. Cost is $10.

This class will meet at Momma's Touch Nursery in Fredericktown. Participants will need to be physically able to lift and mix a bag of concrete or have someone come with you to help.

Limit 10 participants. Register by June 19.

Again, I want to urge you to register early! Some classes will fill up quickly and I have had to turn people away in the past. Some of these classes just can't be in large groups.

I hope to see you soon!

For more information, call me at the Washington County Extension Office, 1 (859) 336-7741.