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Master Gardeners Spring gardening series begins March 7
SoVaNow.com / February 28, 2013Are you anxious to get back into the garden and feel the soil and get your hands dirty? The Southside Master Gardeners have some classes lined up to give you inspiration and learnings to help with your spring planting. All classes are held at the South Boston-Halifax County Museum, 1540 Wilborn Avenue in South Boston and are free and open to the public.
The Thursdays with the Master Gardeners is held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The March 7 class kicks off this series with “The Best of the Best”. Bill McCaleb, our Master Gardener Coordinator, will discuss the best vegetable varieties for Southside Virginia. Whether you are a vegetable farmer, a long time home gardener or someone who is considering vegetable gardening for the first time you will walk away with a wealth of information on how to have the healthiest and tastiest vegetables around.
On March 14 Jennifer Gagnon, VFLEP Coordinator, will talk about invasive alien plants in her “You Ain’t From Around Here” presentation. Invasive alien plants can disrupt native ecosystems in our fields and forests. Sometimes home gardeners are part of the problem. Come out to learn some of the worst offenders and how you can avoid using them in your landscape.
“Seed Propagation” will be taught by Lona and Mark Chandler of Chandler’s Gardens in Scottsburg on March 21. Draw from Lona and Mark’s hands on experience to learn how you can propagate vegetable and flower seeds for your own garden. The class will perform a seed planting exercise.
The Saturday Garden Forum will be held on March 30 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Rev Dele will return to teach us about how soil mycorrhizae are soil builders and miners of the soil. For example, a hyper accumulator like a sunflower may bring trace minerals up to the top 6 inches of soil and the “miners” will deliver the nutrients to other plants. The class will make some EM (environmental micro-organisms) to use as soil builders in our own garden.
Master Gardener Kathy Conner Cornell will follow with a discussion on why “Common Plant Names don’t mean Squat”. You may think that botanical or scientific plant names are too confusing and a bother to learn. However, if you want that fabulous garden just like the magazines, plant research is essential and using botanical names will help you get reliable, scientifically based information.
In “Matching the Plant to the Place” Danville Master Gardener Kathy Cropp will discuss how proper plant selection is a challenge for many gardeners. Kathy will give us some reasons why we sometimes fail in our gardening efforts and how to remedy that with better plant and site selection.
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