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Master Gardener classes scheduled

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Last year, Purdue Master Gardener interns learned that when gray spots are seen in soil within 10-inches of the surface, it means iron is not being oxidized and hits 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, it they have to plant something there, they might want to try a Bald Cyprus since they love wet soil.

After having such a successful year with last year's Purdue Master Gardener class, Purdue Extension in Clay and Owen counties will offer the program again this winter.

This year's program will take place on Monday nights, from 6-9 p.m., at the Clay County Extension office in Brazil.

It will run from Feb. 13-May 14. There will be no classes March 19 and April 23.

A variety of topics will be discussed, including canning, herbs, pesticide safety, soils, turf care, vegetables and more.

The classes will be covered by a host of different Purdue Extension Specialists, Extension Educators and invited guests.

Cost for the program is $115, which covers course materials, speakers and a copy of the new Purdue Master Gardener book that was recently created.

There is limited space available for the program, so early registration is encouraged.

Those interested in taking part should call the Clay County Extension office at 448-9041. The deadline to register for the program is Jan. 31, at 4 p.m.

The program allows individuals to study horticultural plants and their pests, improve gardening skills, help teach others about horticulture and have fun while doing so.

Through the program, individuals will achieve the rank of Master Gardener intern by passing an exam with a score of 70 percent.

Once achieving the rank of Master Gardener intern, individuals must volunteer for at least 35 hours to become a certified Master Gardener.

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