Today’s tip: Master Gardeners can help you increase your gardening know-how

Tired of winter? Take a break from snow shoveling and start thinking about gardening.

Master Gardeners will be offering free presentations at area libraries on topics ranging from small space vegetable gardening to community gardening. Presentations will be supplemented with slides or PowerPoint images plus handouts on gardening, lawn care, and landscaping.

The presentations are offered through the Hennepin County Library and offered in collaboration with Hennepin County Master Gardeners and University of Minnesota Extension. Master Gardeners are University of Minnesota-trained volunteers who have completed at least 48 hours of horticultural education at the university, 12 hours of continuing education and 50 hours of volunteer service to become certified. To remain certified, master gardeners complete 12 hours of continuing education and 25 hours of volunteer service each year.

Small Space Vegetable Gardening

You can create highly productive flower and vegetable gardens in small spaces. Learn to plan your space, use trellises, containers, wide-row or square-row, rounded beds and raised beds.

Saturday, March 9, 10:30 a.m. – noon
Penn Lake Library
Registration required. Register online or call 612-543-5800.

Tuesday, March 19, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Webber Park Library
Registration required, beginning Feb. 19. Register online or call 612-543-6750.

Saturday, March 23, 10:30 a.m. – noon
Brookdale Library
Registration required, beginning Feb. 23. Register online or call 612-543-5600.

Advanced Vegetable Gardening

Learn how to read seed packets and plant tags, when to plant cool- and warm-season vegetables, which fertilizers work best for growth and production, and how intercropping and successive plantings of common vegetables help utilize available garden space.

Thursday, March 14, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
East Lake Library
Registration required, beginning Feb. 14. Register online or call 612-543-8425.

Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Nokomis Library
Registration required, beginning Feb. 19. Register online or call 612-543-6800.

Master Gardener: Community Gardening

A community garden is any space where plants are grown and maintained by a community to meet the needs of the community. Learn the pleasures and challenges of this collaborative project.

Saturday, March 16, 10:30.a.m.–noon
Sumner Library
Registration required, begins Feb. 16. Register online or call 612-543-6875.

Master Gardener: Best Plants for Tough Sites

Explore the best plants for 30 tough sites such as alkaline and clay soils. Also covers boulevard and rain gardens, shrubs for shade, deer-resistant plants and plants that will survive under a walnut tree.

Saturday, March 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon
Eden Prairie Library

Master Gardener Families: Butterflies

Children in grade 1 – 4 can learn all about butterflies, their body parts, behavior and life stages. You also will make a flower pot planted with seeds of flowers that attract butterflies to take home. Kids and their caretakers welcome.

Friday, March 29, 3 p.m.
Brooklyn Park Library
Registration required, begins March 1. Register online or call 612-543-6225.

Master Gardener: Annual Flowers for Minnesota

Annuals fill the whole growing season with blooms - whether in pots or in lush waves of colorful gardens. Learn how to grow them from seed, how to buy plants from garden centers and what their common diseases are.

Saturday, March 30, 10:30 a.m.–noon
Penn Lake Library
Registration required, begins March 2. Register online or call 612-543-5800.

Twelve more Master Gardener presentations are scheduled in April at Hennepin County libraries. For more information, call your library or go to www.hclib.org.

 

Published Feb. 13, 2013