Beginning Gardening Classes Offered in Mt. Vernon

February 10, 2017

Have you ever wanted to ask questions about gardening topics? This will be your opportunity to attend six lessons on beginning Gardening topics provided by University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners and Extension Staff at Rolland Lewis Building starting Feb 16.

The lessons will provide information on the basics of getting your garden plot/bed ready for planting vegetable plants and seeds this summer. Learn about some of the different soil types, how to amend your soil if needed for your plants to thrive, how to identify weeds that might try to invade garden, insects that can be beneficial or destructive to garden plants, controlling diseases of vegetables, composting basics, benefits of mulching, and starting an organic garden.

The program is open to the public – with no charge to participants. Area residents that would like to participate in planting at the Mt. Vernon Community Gardens are encouraged to attend. Open enrollment for the Mt. Vernon Community Garden raised beds begins at 6 p.m. at the Rolland Lewis Building on February 16. This will be an opportunity to talk with the garden manager, Eric Gockel about the gardens.

February 16 Soil Health 6:30-7:30 p.m.

February 22 Weed Identification 6:30-7:30 p.m.

March 2 Insects 6:30-7:30 p.m.

March 9 Diseases & Diagnosis 6:30-7:30 p.m.

March 15 Composting & Mulching 6:30-7:30 p.m.

March 23 Organic Gardening (Companion Planting) 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Please contact Chris Lueking, at University of Illinois Extension Jefferson County office at 618-242-0780 or if you are unable attend but would like to sign up for a garden bed at Veteran’s Memorial Park.

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