Cooperative Extension plans several classes this year to help ‘Master Your Garden’

Greg Stevens

Posted 9 January 2023 at 8:43 am

Presented pics: Grasp Gardener Mark Tucker has in depth vegetable gardening practical experience and will be presenting his Learn Your Back garden course on Tomatoes on June 3.

Press Launch, Master Gardeners of Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension

KNOWLESVILLE – The Grasp Gardeners of Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension have finalized the lineup for their yearly academic collection, “Master Your Garden”.

The lessons are all taught by Master Gardener volunteers or community industry experts. Each individual class focuses on a different subject matter relevant to gardening. Subjects vary from significant ideas in sustainability  (‘Less is Extra Garden Care’ and ‘Functional Hedgerows’), to gardening for food (‘Edible Landscaping’ and ‘Tomatoes’) and bouquets (‘Summer Bulbs’ and ‘Language of Flowers’).

Jena Buckwell, a lengthy-time volunteer with the Master Gardener software, will be educating the very first two courses in the sequence –  ‘Wonderful Weeds’ on Feb. 4 and ‘Functional Hedgerows’ on March 4. Each courses will focus on approaches to glimpse at common landscape features as a result of a unique lens, to see benefits and assets that are normally disregarded.

“I chose these subject areas simply because I imagine that expanding our views on where and how we offer for our very own desires is vital,” Buckwell spelled out. “Growing plants for our very own immediate desires – no matter whether it is to feed ourselves, improve our have heat, or offer developing and craft materials – does not have to have to be mutually exclusive from our goals of supplying habitat for wildlife, safeguarding water and air excellent, or from owning anything stunning to look at. It can come about in the identical room if we take discover of the means suitable underneath our noses and get a bit innovative with how we interact with the landscapes that we are aspect of.”

Jena Buckwell is one of the most regular speakers in the Master Your Back garden collection, featuring considered-provoking and extensive lessons to the public.

The ‘Wonderful Weeds’ course will investigate means to change the usually unrealistic target of comprehensive elimination of weeds to comprehension a bit more of what particular weeds may well inform us about the increasing ailments and soil wellness, as properly as embracing the beneficial elements of weeds these types of as pollinator food items and shelter, human food stuff, erosion handle, and so forth.

In the ‘Functional Hedgerows’ course, Buckwell will emphasize concepts and ideas of how to control current hedgerows or apply new ones that give pros to individuals, wildlife, and the ecosystem as a complete.

That identical principle of incorporating vegetation with various benefits into existing landscapes or deliberate gardens is echoed by Master Gardener Kristina Gabalski who is primary the Edible Landscapes class with fellow Grasp Gardener Volunteer Lydia Fernandez on October 7th.

“I just assume it’s so interesting that plants serve so several unique features.” Gabalski stated. “You can have a pretty visually satisfying landscape but also reap a harvest from the similar house. Fruits, vegetables, bouquets, seeds, wild edibles – there are just so several degrees of benefit that plants can give to us.”

In addition to the simple added benefits of vegetation, a lot of gardeners respect the pleasure and aesthetic worth of a stunning flower backyard. In the ‘Language of Flowers’ course on Aug. 5, Learn Gardener Brenda Radzinski will touch on the heritage of how people in the Victorian Periods would assign meanings or sentiments to distinct bouquets or herbs and then prepare bouquets or nosegays that would convey a hidden information to the receiver. Members will be capable to make their possess bouquet to take home.

Sue Starkweather Miller reveals how to dig up Dahlia tubers in the 2022 Grasp Your Backyard garden class on the popular flower.

Participants who attended the ‘Dahlia’ course in in the 2022 MYG course series can even more their information in the ‘Summer Bulbs’ class on April 1. Learn Gardener Sue Starkweather Miller will be educating contributors how to get a head begin on non-hardy backyard garden favorites like Dahlias, Caladium and Canna Lilies.

“I am a massive admirer of dahlias, which can just take 100-moreover days to start out blooming. I like to start off them early for the reason that we have a shorter developing period for summer season blooming bulbs and tubers,” said Starkweather Miller. “I delight in this procedure and thought a class on how to jump start off crops indoors could possibly be beneficial and attention-grabbing to home gardeners.”

Normally well known presenter Michael Klepp will also be main two courses this year – ‘Mason Bees’ on July 1 and ‘Plan, Prepare, Plant and Prosper with Trees and Shrubs’ on Sept. 2, and nearby enterprise owner Kathleen Contrino of CW Indigenous Plant Farm in Akron will be educating all about native vegetation and planting seeds at the close of the developing season in her Winter season Sowing course on November 4th.

“I’m so thrilled about this year’s course lineup, “ explained MG Volunteer coordinator Katie Oakes, “There’s anything of desire for each sort of gardener. Our volunteers are so knowledgeable and they each and every have their very own passions and specialized niche activities that they want to share with the public.”

For a whole record of the lessons with descriptions, stop by  All courses are held the initial Saturday of the month, February through November, at 10am at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds, 12690 Point out Rt 31 in Albion, NY.  Optional $5 donation for each course. For far more aspects or to sign-up for any course, make sure you call 585-798-4265 or e-mail Katie Oakes at [email protected].

The Language of Bouquets class has been common in the previous, with participants picking out bouquets and herbs based on their Victorian meaning to gather a bouquet with a hidden information.

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