Master Gardeners offer spring gardening 101 series

Master Gardeners offer spring gardening 101 series

The Franklin County Master Gardeners will offer "Spring Gardening 101" classes on April 14, May 5, May 7 and May 12. "Gardening 101" workshops are designed to provide basic hands-on gardening information and hands-on experiences for new gardeners or a refresher course for seasoned gardeners. For more information and to register, call 717-263-9226.
The Thursday April 14 workshop is entitled "Creating a Vegetable Garden" and will be held from 7-9pm at the Ag Heritage Center, Rooms 5 & 6, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg. Participants will learn the basics of starting a vegetable garden from Master Gardeners Bud Marshall, Bill Dorman and Donna Berard. The workshop will cover soil and light requirements, planning and spacing, crop rotation, the best varieties for our area, and information on the use of raised beds. Cost =$15.
The Thursday May 5 class, "Composting", will meet from 7-9pm at the Cooperative Extension Office, Room 1, 181 Franklin Farm Lane in Chambersburg. Environmental Educator George Hurd and Master Gardener Jane Krumpe will present information on the various methods for producing compost. Participants will learn how to create their own "Garden Gold" from kitchen scraps and yard waste. Note: this is a learning session only; the Department of Environmental Protection is no longer providing free compost bins for the public. Cost =$10.
The Saturday May 7 class, "Container Gardening", will meet from 9-11am at the Master Gardener Clubhouse at the Horticulture Center Gardens, across from the Franklin County Extension office, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg. Master Gardeners Linda Horst and Sally Dallago will lead participants in a hands-on, make and take workshop on growing plants in containers. Plant Material and container are included in the workshop cost. Cost =$25.
The Thursday May 12 workshop, "All About Tomatoes", will be held from 7-9pm at the Ag Heritage Center, Rooms 5 & 6, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg. Master Gardener Ray Eckhart will present topics including a brief history, tomato terms, varieties, selection, planting techniques, fertilizer requirements, pruning, tips for season-extending and troubleshooting for pests and disease. Participants will also take home an heirloom tomato plant. Cost=$10.
Pre-registration is required for "Gardening 101". Call 717-263-9226 for more information.