Are you interested in learning more about gardening? Would you like to be trained so that you can help others with their gardening problems? If the answers to these questions are yes, then you will probably want to be a part of the Master Gardener Course which will be coordinated by Extension beginning in January.
The purpose of the Extension Master Gardener Course is to train interested gardeners to help others in solving their home horticultural problems. Not only do participants learn to help others, but also they learn how to improve their own horticultural knowledge and gardens as well.
The 23 sessions starting Monday, Jan.12, will be conducted generally on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and ending on April 1. There could possibly be some tours arranged for other times depending on the wishes of those involved.
Some of the topics included in the 40 hours of training are: Soils and Plant Nutrition; Plant Physiology; Basic Entomology; Basic Plant Pathology; Weed Identification and Control; Chemical and Non-Chemical Pest Control; Vegetable Gardening; Fruit Gardening; Annual and Perennial Flowers; Woody Ornamental Culture; Turf Selection and Maintenance; Composting; Coping with Nuisance Wildlife; Attracting Desirable Wildlife; Irrigation; Xeriscaping; and Houseplants.
Each gardener who attends will need to be willing to share his/her knowledge with fellow gardeners. Often Master Gardeners work together on group projects which beautify their communities. Others may chose to help neighbors or friends on their own in order to control the schedule. Don't let the volunteer requirement deter you from getting involved because an individual plan can be worked out to fit any individual's needs.
For more information, an application form and class schedule, contact the McDuffie County Extension Service at 595-1815 or stop by the office at 116 Main Street. A training supply fee of $80 will be charged for each applicant selected. This is a great deal because just the textbook itself costs $60 and it's included in the supply fee. Deadline for application and fee is Dec. 1. Written confirmation of those selected, as well as a refund to those not selected, will be mailed by the middle of December. Space is limited, so act quickly if you are interested.