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Purdue Extension Gardening Series

April 8, 2013

  04/09/13 Marshall County Purdue Extension Office and Master Gardeners Association are providing and educational series to area gardeners with tips for growing produce in their gardens.  The educational topics will be on starting seeds indoors to maximize growing season; selecting garden space, amending soil, and planning effective plant spacing for it; utilizing row covers, high tunnels, and greenhouses to extend garden season for more produce production; and building a raise bed for better soil properties to increase produce production.

The first three sessions will be held at the Plymouth Public Library located at 201 Center Street in Plymouth.  Theses session will start at 6:30 pm and concluded at 8:00 pm and be held in Laramore A meeting room, which is accessed from the north entrance.  First session, starting seeds indoors and planting in the garden, will be held on Thursday evening, April 11.  Session two, utilizing garden space effectively, will be held on Thursday evening, April 25.  Last session held at the library, extending garden season utilizing row covers, high tunnels, and greenhouses, will be held on Thursday evening, May 9.

The fourth session will be a hands-on session where we will build at raised bed at MoonTree Studios located at 9601 Union Road, Donaldson, IN.  Entrance to MoonTree Studios is located opposite from the main entrance to Ancilla College, so is easy to locate.  Goal for this session is to discuss location of a raised bed, advantages of developing one for gardening, and actually building a raised bed as the hands-on part of the evening.  Since we will be outside, we will start at 6:00 pm to ensure adequate natural light.  Session will end at 8:00 pm.  Raised beds are an effect tool to enhance your home garden production and will discuss utilizing plastic cover to allow season extension as well.  This is a great way to increase your home produce production, so try to attend this session.

The overall goal of this gardening series is to help those with a desire to supplement their diets with vegetables and small fruits raised at home to be more productive in this activity.  Also, these sessions will encourage discussion of these topics so please bring your gardening questions with you that you wanted addressed at these evening sessions.  Marshall County Master Gardener Association appreciates the cooperation of the Plymouth Public Library and MoonTree Studios to the presentation of this educational series.

If you are interested in attending all sessions or just some specifics ones, please call the Marshall County Extension Office 935-8545 or e-mail .   It would be very helpful for us to plan for each event, if we have an idea of attendance.  Please call two days before the sessions you would like to attend or just share with us if you plan to attend them all or specific ones that interest you.