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Area Gardening Short Course series begins March 3

Are you interested in learning more about gardening? If so, then our upcoming Gardening Short Course is just for you. I've had a lot of people tell me that they wanted to learn more about gardening, but didn't want to make the time commitment required for the full Master Gardener Course. Therefore, we've planned a seven session short course focusing on topics which seem to be the most important to people in our area.

The seven sessions start March 3, and will be conducted each Tuesday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. through April 14. There could possibly be some tours arranged for other times depending on the wishes of those involved.

Some of the topics included in the 14 hours of training are: Soils and Plant Nutrition; Basic Entomology; Basic Plant Pathology; Site Selection; Planting and Maintaining Ornamentals; Xeriscaping; Weed Identification and Control; Vegetable Gardening; Annual and Perennial Flowers; and Herbs. Believe me, we have packed as much as we can into the seven sessions.

We scheduled the course so working folks would have just enough time to leave work and get a quick bite of supper before coming if they desired. However, participants could bring takeout meals and eat during class as well. Some light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, an application form, and class schedule, contact McDuffie County Extension at 706-595-1815 or stop by the office at 116 Main Street. Each participant will be charged a training supply fee of $25. A notebook will be provided which can be used to store the handouts and other information presented during the sessions.

Deadline for application and fee is Friday, Feb. 27. Space is limited so act quickly if you are interested.

Web posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009

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