The Washington State University’s master gardeners program of Whatcom County has scheduled a series of free gardening workshops at Hovander Homestead Park every other Sunday May 16 through October 17.
The following is a list of events:
Sunday, May 16: “Grow Your Own Vegetables: Part I – Soil Preparation.”
Sunday, May 30: “Grow Your Own Vegetables: Part II – Planting and Maintaining the Garden.”
Sunday, June 13: “Wise Watering Practices and Drip Irrigation Systems.”
Sunday, June 27: “Which Weeds Do I Have?”
Sunday, July 11: “Grow Your Own Garden, Part III: Harvesting and Preparing for a Winter Garden.”
Sunday, July 25: “Pests and Beneficial Insects.”
Sunday, August 8: “Why Use Native Plants?”
Sunday, August 22: “Choices for a Winter Garden.”
Sunday, September 5: “Saving Seeds and Propagating Perennials by Cuttings.”
Sunday, September 19: “Caring for Your Tools and Lawnmower.”
Sunday, October 3: “Garlic and the Onion Family: When to Plant.”
Sunday, October 17: “Pruning Landscape Trees and Shrubs.”
The Master Gardeners also are offering diagnostic plant clinics from 9 a.m. to noon every Wednesday at Hovander Park.
The public is invited to bring sections of diseased plants or pest samples – in closed plastic bags, please – for diagnosis and advice.
Master gardeners will be working at the Hovander display garden on Wednesdays, and are happy to offer cultivating tips to visitors.
WSU-certified master gardeners are volunteers trained by the WSU’s extension service to provide science-based advice.
More information is available at http://whatcom.wsu.edu/mastergardener/index.htm