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Purdue Gardener program returning

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Do you know what it might mean when you see gray spots in the soil within 10-inches of the surface?

Last year's Purdue Master Gardener Interns learned that it means that iron is not being oxidized and hints at poor drainage.

For a gardener, that means they could end up with a wet basement, if they are building a new house, or plants that have saturated roots.

Therefore, if they have to plant something there, they might want to try a Bald Cyprus since they love wet soil.

Last year's Purdue Master Gardener Interns learned about a variety of topics besides soils.

They also learned that bacteria wilt in cucumbers can be identified by cutting across a leaf vein of an infected plant and seeing if a stream of goo oozes out of the wound.

They learned how mistletoe is a parasitic plant that loves black walnut trees and a ton of other potentially useful facts that they have used over the past year.

After having such a successful year with last year's Purdue Master Gardener class, I am pleased to announce that Purdue Extension in Clay and Owen counties are offering the program again this winter.

This year's program will take place Tuesday nights from 6-9 p.m., at the Owen County Extension Office in Spencer.

It will run from Feb. 1-May 3 (no class March 29 and April 12), with a variety of topics (soils, native plants, turf care, vegetables, and much more), covered by a host of different Purdue Extension Specialist and Extension Educators and invited guests.

The cost of the program is $75.

There is limited space available for the program, so pre-registering early is a must. Please contact the Owen County Extension Office to do so at 812-829-5020. The deadline to register for the program is Jan. 14, at 4 p.m. Remember, this program allows you to study horticultural plants and their pests, improve your gardening skills, help teach others about horticulture, and have fun while doing so.

Through the Purdue Master Gardener program, you will achieve the rank of Master Gardener Intern by passing an exam with a score of 70 percent. Once you achieve the rank of Master Gardener Intern, you must volunteer for at least 35 hours to become a certified Master Gardener.

Please consider registering and taking part in the Purdue Master Gardener Program that will be offered in the coming months in Owen County.

Once again, pre-registering is a necessity since space is limited. Call 812-829-5020 to pre-register.

As always, if you have any questions or would like information on any agriculture, horticulture, or natural resource topic, then please contact your local Purdue Extension Office at 448-9041 in Clay County or 812-829-5020 in Owen County, or reach me directly at smith535@purdue.edu.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.

Upcoming opportunities available to you through Purdue Extension include:

* Dec. 30-31 -- Extension offices closed,

* Jan. 17 -- Extension offices closed,

* Jan. 25-26 -- Tenth Heart of America Grazing Conference, Louisville, Ky. Cost varies. Call 448-9041 for more information by Jan. 14,

* Jan. 28 -- Indiana Livestock, Forage and Grain Forum, Indianapolis. Go to www.indianasoybean.com/forum for more information, and

* Jan. 29 -- Landscaping Program, 9 a.m.-noon, Clay County Extension Office. Register by Jan. 14 by calling 448-9041.