Louisiana Master Gardeners offer free basic gardening series

Richard Bogren  |  1/4/2011 1:12:12 AM

News Release Distributed 12/06/10

The East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners will conduct a three-week Basic Gardening Series at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library in Baton Rouge from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Thursday evenings beginning January 20, 2011.

This series has been updated and offers several new and different topics. The free educational presentations provide research-based information targeted toward beginning or intermediate gardeners.

Scheduled programs will include:

– Week 1, January 20

“Mother Earth” opens the series with discussions of soil composition and guiding you toward understanding your soil and how to use soil amendments and fertilizers safely and effectively.

The presentation "On Your Own Turf” explains different turfgrasses, their site preferences and how to care for each. If you are at wit’s end trying to manage your lawn – or your lawn “carers” – you will learn what you need to take control.

– Week 2, January 27

“Practical Solutions for Small Spaces” teaches how to beautify problem areas with the right landscaping. Homes with small yards, entryways and problem areas like utility equipment or garbage cans can be beautified with careful planning.

“America’s Most Unwanted” will help you learn to identify most common weeds in our area and provide information you need to keep them under control.

– Week 3, February 3

"Did an Insect Do THAT?" will teach specific steps to recognize insect problems on plants and how to identify culprits.

“Mini Gardens for Children” gives parents, grandparents and other adults the basics on how to invest children with a love of gardening. Children who garden develop a life-long appreciation of nature.

Louisiana Master Gardeners is an education program of the LSU AgCenter. The Basic Gardening Series has been presented by the East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners since 2004. The series pinpoints horticultural problems unique to gardeners in this specific area of the state.

More information is available from Carol Harbo at 225-766-5696.

Rick Bogren

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