Monday, March 21, 2016

Extension series offers hands-on gardening

Home gardeners and those interested in learning more about gardening are invited to attend a new series presented by the Crittenden County Cooperative Extension Service.

“This series will be for anybody whether they are experienced or new to gardening,” said Dee Brasher, Extension Agent for Agriculture & Natural Resources.

Meetings will be held on the fourth Tuesday of each month through July starting Tuesday, and each will begin at 4 p.m. at the Extension Service office on U.S. 60 East just outside of Marion. The first session's topic will be soil testing and preparing for the gardening year.

The sessions will follow what is happening in the gardens at that time. Future topics will include guest speakers on scouting for disease and insects and how to treat for various issues, what to plant, when to plant and harvesting practices. Future meetings are scheduled for April 26, May 24, June 28 and July 26.

Participants will have the chance to be hands-on with a small demonstration garden at the Extension office. Part of the program will be raising vegetables and at the end of the season, participants will harvest, prepare and cook the fruits of their labor.

To monitor the demonstration garden, a walk-through will be held every Friday at 8:30 a.m.

For more information, call Crittenden County Extension Service at (270) 965-5236 or email Dee Brasher at