MILFORD, Pa. — While snow is still on the ground and in the forecast, it’s not too early to begin your garden planning. In fact, taking the time to think about your garden now can help you experience your best garden yet. Fortunately, you can now do this with the support and guidance of experienced local gardeners who will be presenting on topics to help both beautify your space and grow more food this upcoming growing season.
Beginning this February, the Master Gardeners of Pike County Extension will be hosting a series of monthly educational workshops to support you in your gardening endeavors. Whether you are interested in honing your skills to grow an abundant vegetable garden or designing spectacular flower borders, the upcoming workshops will assist you in meeting your goals.
The workshop series has two distinct tracks — Edibles & Beautiful Blooms — and the schedule is designed so that participants can attend a single workshop of interest or the entire series.
The first two workshops of the series will be hosted at the Pike County Training Center on Feb. 11. The morning session, entitled “Plan Early for Produce” will run from 9 to 11 a.m. and will cover all you need to know about soil, planting beds, containers and composting. The afternoon session, entitled “Beautify Your Space” will run from noon to 2 p.m. and will discuss the use of perennials as permanent residents in your garden and details to consider when restoring old borders and planting new ones. Participants interested in attending both are invited to bring a bagged lunch and chat with local Master Gardeners during the break between sessions.
Future monthly workshops in the Edible Series will focus on seed starting, irrigation, companion planting and varmint control. Future monthly workshops in the Beautiful Blooms Series will include what to plant where, how to attract more nature to your garden and achieving amazing color with annuals. Both series will also include a workshop to learn all about good and bad bugs in the garden.
To register for the event or request more information and a full color brochure, please contact the Pike County Extension office at 570-296–3400 or PikeExt@psu.edu. You can also learn more and register online at http://extension.psu.edu/pike/events. Participants are invited to attend a single workshop for $10 or can sign up for five or more at a discounted fee. All workshops will be held at The Pike County Training Center located at 135 Pike County Blvd, Lords Valley, PA 18428. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.
— Penn State Extension – Pike County