Gardening classes set to begin Feb. 21

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It is that time again!  Spring is at least in view and the Wheelbarrow Series has been scheduled.  The list of classes this year have been expanded and there are day and night classes again.
The list is as follows:
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 - 6 p.m.
Simple Greenhouse Plans and   Starting Seeds At Home

We will discuss how to make a simple greenhouse for the home gardener on a budget and how to successfully raise plants for your garden from seed.  Join us for an exploration of frugality and function.  Free.  Register by Feb. 14.
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 - 10:30 a.m.
Growing Great Greens and Sprouts

Come learn types, seasons, and how to growing beautiful healthy greens fresh from your garden.  As a bonus we will also discuss how to grow tasty sprouts at home without the threat of contamination that you might fear from store bought and restaurant sprouts.  Free. Register by Feb. 20.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 10:30 a.m.
Square Foot Gardening/Introduction To Organic Gardening

We’ll look at the system Mel Bartholomew made famous and discuss how to successfully garden the square foot way.  You’ll be surprised to find out what you can grow gardening on the small. We will also discuss Organic Gardening and pest control using Organic Practices. Free.  Register by March 1.
Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 6 p.m.
Terrific Tomatoes

The first vine-ripened tomato of the season is a treat we all look forward to but there are ways to increase the harvest and lengthen the season.  In this session we will discuss variety selection, insect control, and most of all disease issues and how to lesson their effects.  All participants will receive several packets of tomato varieties to try at home.  Supply charge $10. Register by March 1.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 10:30 A.M.
Alternative Fruit Series: Elderberry

Elderberry is a native easy to grow heavy yielding fruit (if you select the right varieties), and makes wonderful preserves, baked goods, and wine.  In this edition we will cover the basics of elderberry cultivation and how to insure a great harvest.  Each participant will receive two plants to grow at home.  Supply charge $20, limit 30, Register by March 1.
Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 6 p.m.
Growing European Plums In Kentucky

Plums are a wonderful addition to any orchard.  They are delicious eaten fresh, made into preserves, and they make a wonderful tart.  Each participant will receive two trees to try at home.  Supply charge $40, limit 30, Register by March 1.
Thursday, March 21, 2013  6 p.m.
Growing Sour Cherries (pie cherries) In Kentucky

Join us for a look at growing sour cherries. We will discuss cultivar selection, pruning, establishment, spray programs, and how to keep birds from ruining your harvest.  Each participant will receive two cherry trees to grow at home.  Charge $40. Register by March 1. Limit 30, register soon this class is sure to fill up fast.
Alternative Fruit Series: Figs
Figs are no longer a crop we have to grow in containers and lug indoors anymore!  If you have never eaten a tree ripened fig you are missing out!  Each participant will take a “Hardy” fig tree home to grow for themselves.  Supply charge $20, limit 40. Register by March 1.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 10:30 a.m.
Alternative Fruit Series:  Paw Paw

This is an easy to grow delicious native and with the new cultivars can produce a heavy crop.  Paw paw pulp freezes well to make all kinds of treats but for the record paw paw ice cream is fabulous. It tastes like strawberry, banana, and maybe a little mango.  Each participant will receive two named cultivar trees to grow at home. Supply charge $30, limit 20.  Register by March 15.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 – 6 p.m.
Gardening With Heirlooms

In this session we will discuss heirloom vegetables and flowers and how to successfully save seeds for future seasons.  Participants will receive several varieties of heirlooms to try in their own gardens.  Limit 40, $10.00 supply charge.  Register by April 1.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 10:30 A.M.
Great Gourds

Gourds have been used by humans for thousands of years. In this session we will discuss how to grow, cure, store, and use them.  Participants will receive several varieties of seed to grow these amazing fruits at home.  Supply charge $10, limit 40.  Register by April 10.
Thursday April 25, 2013 - 6:00 p.m.
Growing Oyster Mushrooms At Home

In this session we will discuss how to successfully grow this tasty fungus on straw! Oyster mushrooms are one of the tastiest mushrooms we can grow.  Free.  Register by April 1.
Tuesday April 30, 2013 - 10:30 A.M.
Easy Care Roses For Kentucky (Not Named Knockout)

You don’t have to plant a Knockout rose to enjoy roses.  Join us for a look at low maintenance roses that can be used in just about any landscape situation.  We’ll discuss cultivar selection and uses as well as care and maintenance.  Free.  Register by April 20.
Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 6 p.m.
Perennials For The Lazy Gardener  

Discover forgiving perennials that will make even the “laziest” gardener look like they have a green thumb. Participants will receive plugs (small plants) to grow at home.  Charge $20, limit 30 participants.  Register by April 1.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 6 p.m.
Vines For Kentucky Gardens

Vines can serve multiple functions in the landscape depending on what is required by the situations.  Join us for a look into great vines that we can grow in Kentucky.  We will look at annual and perennial vines as well as edibles.  Supply charge $10, limit 30. Participants will receive a vine or two to try at home.  Register by May 1.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 10:30 a.m.
Hardy Ferns For Kentucky Gardens

Ferns are a beautiful addition to any shade/part shade garden.  We’ll discuss uses and varieties of these hardy shade lovers. Participants will receive ferns to try at home.  Supply charge $10, limit 30 participants. Register by April 1.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 10:30 a.m.
The Wonderful Hydrangea

Hydrangea is a large group of flowering shrubs many requiring particular locations and pruning depending on variety.  We’ll cover planting locations, pruning techniques, cultivar selection, and more. Free. Register by May 15.
Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 6 p.m.
Backyard Poultry

In this class we will discuss the basics of getting started with a small flock of poultry, we’ll cover layers and meat birds.  Topics will include housing, nutrition, breed selection, possible problems, and much more.  Free.  Door prizes.  Register by May 15.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 10:30 a.m.
Preserving The Harvest: Canning

In this day and age of corporate farms, food borne illnesses, pesticide and bacterial contamination, preserving home grown food is becoming evermore popular.  SNAPED Assistant Laura Peek will teach you to properly can your fruits and vegetables to insure a safe nutritious harvest.  You may be surprised to learn that what your grandmother taught you isn’t the best or safest way to preserve produce anymore.  Supply charge of $5. Register by June 1.
Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 6 p.m.
Preserving The Harvest:  Freezing and Drying

A continuation in home food preservation, SNAPED Assistant Laura Peek will teach you how to freeze and dry food so you can enjoy the summer bounty in the dead of winter.  There are techniques to insure proper flavor and storage so you won’t want to miss this class. Supply charge $5. Register by June 1.
Thursday, June 20, 2013 – 6 p.m.
Fall Vegetable Gardening

In this installment we will discuss when and what should be planted for fall vegetable harvest and how to extend the season into early winter. Free. Door prizes.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 10 A.M.
Weed Identification And Control

All of us have weed issues but did you know the first step in control is learning the weeds growth habit.  For this class I will discuss the primary offenders in our lawns and gardens and how to control them. Bring your weeds in for identification if you like. Free. Register by June 15.
Thursday August 22, 2013 - 6 p.m.
Building Great Soil

Dr. Krista Jacobsen soil ecologist from UK will discuss how to build healthy soil so you can have healthy plants.  She will discuss composting, application of organic materials, and soil builders.  Free. Register by Aug. 1.
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 - 10:30 a.m.
Lawn Renovation and Establishment

Late summer and early fall is the time to do turf repair and establishment.  Join us for a discussion on how to have quality turf with the least amount of inputs from you.  Free. Door prizes. Register by Aug. 15.
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 - 6 p.m.
Must Have Low Maintenance Woody Ornamentals

In this session we will discuss which woody plants give you great effect in the landscape but are very low maintenance and can withstand the rigors of our crazy Kentucky climate. Free.  Register by Sept. 1.
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 - 10:30 a.m.
Growing Garlic In Kentucky

Nothing gives dishes more flavor than fresh garlic and it is easy to grow. Don’t pay those high grocery store prices for garlic from China. That is where most store bought garlic comes from. Each participant will receive several varieties to try along with growing and storing information.  Limit 30 participants. $12. Register by Aug. 15.
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 - 6 p.m.
Creating A Mushroom Garden

Did you know you can grow mushrooms right in your flower and vegetable garden? Join us for a look into what types of mushrooms you can grow and how to care for them.  With a little knowledge and luck you can add this wonderful healthy addition to your bounty. We will concentrate on wine cap mushrooms for this session.  Free. Register by Sept 1.
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 - 6 p.m.
Growing Iris In Kentucky

The iris is a tough as nails perennial that comes in many sizes, shapes, and even bloom times (fall too)!  Come learn what the iris has to offer.  Each participant will receive plants to try at home. Supply charge $20, limit 30. Register by Sept. 15.
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 - 10:30 a.m.
Growing Daffodils In Kentucky

No matter what you call them daffodil, narcissus, March lily, or even buttercup if you want to have this beacon of spring you have to plant them in the fall.  Join us for an exploration of all things daffodil.  Each participant will receive a sampling of bulbs to try at home. Supply charge $20, limit 30. Register by Sept. 15.
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 - 10:30 a.m.
Caring For Amaryllis

Many people grow amaryllis for holiday blooms but did you know you can get them to bloom just about anytime of the year with a little planning.  In this session we will cover the basics of amaryllis care and variety selection.  Participants will receive at least one large amaryllis bulb.  $10, limit 30. Register by Sept. 15.
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 - 6 p.m.
Landscape Plants For Holiday Decoration

As you know a properly thought out and cared for landscape can put on a show throughout the growing season, but have you thought about using your landscape for indoor holiday decorations as well?  Join us for a look at landscape plants that can give you that extra all natural punch your holidays have been lacking.  Free. Register by Nov. 15.
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 - 6 p.m.
Wreath Making/Decorating

No fake stuff here. In this installment of ‘hands on’ wreath making you will make a beautiful holiday wreath using only natural materials.  You just might be surprised how beautiful of a display you can make using all naturally found items. Each participant will make their own wreath. Bring pruning shears if you have them.  Cost $25, limit 20. Register by Dec. 1.
All classes are at the Washington County Extension Office.  For a registration form and more information, call Dennis Morgeson (859) 336-7741 or email dennis.morgeson@uky.edu.