MILFORD, Pa. — As we enter March, many of us are counting the days until the official arrival of spring and cherishing the daylight that grows by a few minutes each day. Home gardeners are also day-dreaming of when they can finally begin planting. Fortunately, you can start planning your best garden now with the support and guidance of experienced local gardeners who will be presenting on topics to both help beautify your space and grow more food this upcoming season.
The Master Gardeners of the Pike County Extension will be hosting the second installment of their monthly educational “Ready? Set… Garden!” workshop series 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 next two workshops of the series will be hosted at the Pike County Training Center on March 11.
The morning session, entitled “Starting Seeds Indoors and Out,” will run from 9 to 11 a.m. and will be presented by guest speaker Bonnie Morgan of the Cornell Extension Master Gardeners. Bonnie has many years of experience as a Master Gardener, is a graduate of a certificate program from the New York Botanical Garden, and is owner of the Stony Ridge Community Supported Agriculture program in Shohola. Bonnie will cover all you need to know to nurture seeds for transplanting to your garden.
The afternoon session, entitled “What to Plant Where,” will run from noon to 2 p.m. and is hosted by our own Master Gardeners, Sheila Salmon and Beth Grosso who are both very knowledgeable about native plants and shade perennials. They will discuss selecting the best plants for shady locations, what plants thrive in our local environment and techniques to keep the varmints out. Participants interested in attending both are invited to bring a bagged lunch and chat with the local Master Gardeners during the break between sessions.
Future monthly workshops in the Edible Series will focus on irrigation, companion planting, and varmint control. Future monthly workshops in the Beautiful Blooms Series will include 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, receive our full color brochure or request more information, please contact the Pike County Extension office at 570-296–3400 or PikeExt@psu.edu. You can also learn more about these events and many others 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