LEESPORT, Pa. — Penn State Extension Master Gardeners are offering a Winter Gardening Series of how-to topics for area gardeners on four Wednesday evenings in February at the Berks County Agricultural Center in Bern Township. All classes will be held in the Ag Center Auditorium from 7-9 p.m.
“The seed catalogs are in the mail, and spring can’t be far behind,” said Beth Finlay, Coordinator for the Master Gardener Program in Berks County. “The Winter Gardening Series is a chance to jump-start the garden season, hone skills, learn new techniques, and lay plans for your healthiest, most-attractive gardens ever.”
On Feb. 1, Master Gardeners will present What’s Where in my Garden? Plotting, Measuring, and Cataloguing Garden Spaces. One of the secrets to successful gardening is to know what plants you have in your garden or landscape, and to have key information about each plant at your fingertips. Participants will learn how to sketch an accurate rendition of garden spaces, and how to create a plant index for quick reference.
On Feb. 8, a Vegetable Cornucopia will offer an array of growing methods, tips and techniques to increase both production and enjoyment of the vegetable garden. Whether you’re starting a brand-new vegetable garden or a new season in an existing garden, this smorgasbord of topics will help you launch a successful garden.
On Feb. 15, Going Native! will explain the trend toward native plants, and how they can enhance both the aesthetics and the health of a garden or landscape planting. Especially helpful will be ways to incorporate natives into an existing garden, and attractive native alternatives to non-native problem plants.
At the last session, Feb. 22, Master Gardeners will present Commonsense Pest Management, a kinder, gentler, and cost-effective approach to protecting our plants and helping them thrive. Participants will learn to work with nature to create sustainable garden spaces with minimal or no pesticide use.
Participants may choose individual classes or may register for the whole series. Class sizes are limited to permit hands-on learning and time for discussion.
Registration is required, with a class fee of $9 per person per class, or $32 for the same person to attend all four classes. Registration information can be requested from the Berks County Extension office, 610-378-1327, or viewed online at http://extension.psu.edu/events (scroll down to February).
The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us at 610-378-1327 in advance of your participation or visit.
— Penn State Extension