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Gardeners should attend series

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Gardening is one of the more popular hobbies or past times of homeowners.

Everyone knows how to grow a plant thanks to science and other classes you probably participated in during elementary and middle school. For example, who can forget taking a bean and placing it between two wet paper towels, sealing it up in a plastic bag, then watching the roots grow. Then in high school, many got to dissect a plant or two, so that they could learn the various parts of a flower.

Learning about plants and how they grow as a school age child is what has made many individuals realize they would like to garden. Not to mention they also tend to like the fresh produce or flowers that they receive as their garden matures. Yet, with all the education that you received as you were growing up, you may still have questions related to gardening.

That is why I suggest taking an interest in signing up for the Purdue Master Gardener course that is going to be offered in Clay County starting Feb. 2, on Tuesday nights, from 6-9 p.m. The course runs through April 27, with no class on April 13. It costs $75 to join the class. For that fee, you receive the Master Gardener Handbook and other course materials.

The Purdue Master Gardener course covers a variety of different topics that gardening enthusiasts and beginning gardeners would love to learn about. For instance, one of the first course topics includes plant science and plant nutrition. On that day, participants will be given the opportunity to refresh their knowledge of the parts of a plant and what a plant requires to grow. A more exciting topic comes later in the course when participants will be given the opportunity to learn to identify a variety of plant diseases and insects that harm gardens and flower beds. One of the final sessions of the course will focus on animal pests. During that session, participants will learn how to control the nuisance wildlife, which like to eat and dig up freshly planted flowers and vegetables in a garden.

The wide variety of topics that are covered in this course are taught by Extension Educators and Extension Specialists from Purdue University. While learning about these topics, participants will be given chances to interact and have fun in an educational atmosphere. If you think this course is something you would like to participate in, please contact the Purdue Extension Clay County Office as soon as possible (and before Jan. 22) at 448-9041 to sign up.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at the previously mentioned number or at 812-829-5020 in Owen County. I can be reached directly at smith535@purdue.edu.

If you are interested in this program, please contact the office as soon as possible but no later than Jan. 22. At least two more individuals need to sign up for this course for it to be offered starting Feb. 2, so please sign up today.

Purdue Extension Calendar

* Jan. 18 -- Office closed,

* Jan. 19 -- Food Preservation Workshop, Putnam County Library, 6-8 p.m. (call 765-653-8411 to register),

* Jan. 21 -- Landlease Program with Clay, Owen, Sullivan and Vigo counties, Wabash Valley Fairgrounds, 10 a.m.-noon,

* Jan. 28 -- Growing for Market II, Putnam and Monroe counties. Cost $50 per person for entire series or $15 per person for an individual session. Deadline to register is Jan. 22. Call 812-829-5020 for more information,

* Feb. 2 -- Master Gardener Program series starts, Clay County Extension Office, 6-9 p.m. Call 448-9041 to register. Limited space available. Cost is $75,

* Feb. 2 -- PARP and Agronomy Update, Clay County Fairgrounds, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $10 for PARP credit,

* Feb. 6 -- Purdue Lambing School, Purdue Animal Science Research and Education Center. Cost is $35, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Contact your local Purdue Extension for information on registering for the event, and

* Feb. 9 -- Living on the Land series starts, Putnam County Courthouse Annex. Cost is $200, 6-9 p.m. Call 765-653-8411 to find out more information and to register before Feb. 2.