Ready to get growing in the new year? Anyone who has ever tried to grow anything knows it’s not as easy as it looks. Luckily, the Master Gardeners are here to help with tried and true tips and practical advice for everyone from the novice to the old hand. Join us for the first program of 2016, Starting Seeds, Thursday, January 7 here at your library, 7 – 8 pm.
The Master Gardener program is part of K-State Research and Extension which has offices in all 105 counties in Kansas. The Shawnee County Extension philosophy is “to help people help themselves by taking university knowledge to where people live, work, play, develop and lead.” Horticulture is an area they excel in and beautiful landscapes and gardens increase enjoyment of our community as well as property values. Gardening also gets you outdoors and active.
Master Gardeners are volunteers who have an interest in horticulture and the time and desire to donate hours. They complete a basic training course and log 40 volunteer hours to earn the designation. Then they are required to attend advanced training and volunteer at least 25 hours to keep it up.
Jamie (Hancock) Kidd, the horticultural agent in Shawnee County, oversees the program. She and her volunteers have put together a menu of programs especially for us that will whet your appetite for planting and growing and reaping the bounty. Start at the very beginning with Starting Seeds this Thursday. Learn about gardening with Recycled Materials on February 11 and bone up on Spring Lawn Care on March 31.
All programs are on Thursdays and run from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Here is the rest of the list for 2016:
- Planting for Curb Appeal – April 21
- Grandma’s Tomatoes – April 28
- Community Gardens – May 12
- All About Trees – May 26
- Container Gardening – June 9
- Rain Barrels – June 23
- Plant Diseases and Issues – July 14
- Fall Lawn Care – August 11
- Bees and Butterflies – August 18
- Fall Weed Control – September 8
- Bulb Planting for Spring – October 13
- Pruning and Winterizing Trees – November 10
As always, your library is here with books and information on every aspect. Check out our Lawn & Garden Neighborhood for great books like these: