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Gardening Class Series Starts In February

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By Dennis Morgeson

The 2014 Wheelbarrow Series is a group of classes covering various gardening topics. I hope you find something you would like to learn about, and I look forward to seeing you all.  

If you would like more information call the Washington County Extension Office at 859-336-7741.  

This year’s selection is as follows:

Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 10:30 a.m. or Thursday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Starting Your Own Seedlings At Home

You will learn tips on seed starting, including how to use grow lights and cold frames effectively. We will also discuss the best tomato varieties for Kentucky.

There will be free tomato seeds for all participants, no limit on class size.

Registration is required before Feb. 10. The class is free.

Tuesday, March 11 at 10:30 a.m. or Thursday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Growing Root Vegetables In Kentucky

Many of you have expressed disappointment with growing root crops such as beets. In this session, we will explore how to grow the array of root vegetables that can be successfully grown in our Kentucky climate and their storage. We can enjoy these fresh vegetables year-round with a little planning.

Register by March 10. The class is free.

Tuesday, March 18 at 10:30 a.m. or Thursday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Lesser-Known Small Fruits: Medlar and Rose Hips

You may not have heard of medlar or have eaten rose hips, but these plants are not only ornamental but tasty too. Medlar grows five-to-six feet tall and is an ancient, fairly common fruit in Europe (it has a taste like spiced apple butter).  

Also, with the right variety of easy care rose, you can enjoy nutritious “hips.” Each participant will receive a medlar tree and at least two fast growing large hip-producing rose plants to try at home.

There is a supply charge. Register by March 1. Limit 40.

Tuesday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m. or Thursday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Lesser-Known Small Fruits: Josta and Goji Berry

Jostaberry is a cross between gooseberry and black currants and exhibits the best qualities of both. Goji berry is new to the US and is considered a super food because of its antioxidant and nutritious properties (even high in protein).

It is commonly called “life berry.” We will explore these easy-to-grow fruits and taste a few products made from them as well.  

Register by March 1. There is a supply charge, and each participant will receive a small plant of each to grow at home. Limit 40.

Tuesday, April 8 at 10:30 a.m. or Thursday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Herb Gardening for Culinary Use

The best chefs use herbs in almost all savory dishes and even some desserts, and the best gardeners often make the best cooks.  Join us to learn about the most common culinary herbs we can grow easily in Kentucky, their uses, cultural requirements, putting the “kitchen” herb garden together and preserving techniques.  

Mastering the herb garden might just help you become the next Food Network Star.

The class is free. Register by April 1.

Tuesday, April 22 at 10:30 a.m. or Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m.
The Other Pollinators

We all know the plight of the honeybee, which is by far the most prolific individual pollinator of horticultural crops. However, did you know there is an array of other pollinators out there?  
In this edition, we will discuss “the other pollinators”, how to attract them  and how to make your garden a sanctuary for these beneficial creatures. Hint: They aren’t all insects.  

The class is free. Register by April 15.

Tuesday, April 29 at 10:30 a.m. or Thursday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m.
The Exceptional World of Dahlias

Dahlias are a beautiful addition to any garden. There is an array of forms, colors, growth habits, sizes and more. Join us for a look into the secrets of one of the world’s most interesting flowers.

Here you will learn cultural requirements, variety selection and how to care for them so you will never have to buy them again.

Register by April 1. There is a supply charge, and each participant will take home tubers to grow and enjoy.  Limit 40.

Tuesday, May 13 at 10:30 a.m. or Thursday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Growing Vining Vegetables In Kentucky
There are numerous vegetables that grow on vines. Sometimes we have space for them and sometimes we don’t.

Here we will look into just what grows on a vine, cultural requirements, variety selection, trellising and how to incorporate vining vegetables into just about any garden.  

The class is free. Register by May 1.

Tuesday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Make and Take Hypertufa Planters

Hypertufa is a lightweight faux rock made from various ingredients.  We will discuss how to make the mix and will actually make planters.  

Limit 10 people per session. There is a supply charge. Register by June 1. You will get dirty, so dress accordingly.

Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday, Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Cole Crops For Fall and Winter Harvest

Cole crops are a nutritious and hardy vegetable crop in Kentucky, and they even give us two planting/harvest opportunities, spring and fall.  Cole crops include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and several more that you might not have thought about or tried and they all taste better in the fall.  

Join us for a look into this nutritious vegetable group. We will include variety selection, cultural requirements and how to prolong the harvest into winter.  

Limit 40 participants, each of which will receive plants and seeds for a great fall harvest.

Register by Aug. 1. There is a supply charge.

Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday, Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Fall Cover And Green Manure Crops

We will take a look at the importance of green manure crops and cover crops. Most people think of cover crops as just a winter crop, but soil building can be done year-round.  

You will also find out how to use cover crops to break soil hard pans, increase soil fertility and improve tilth.  

Register by Aug. 1. Participants will receive cover crop seeds to try at home as well. The class is free. Limit 40.

Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Long-Blooming Perennials

For this class, we will look at what perennials have the longest blooming cycles and can be planted or divided in the fall. We will cover new varieties as well as the old tried-and-true favorites of yesteryear.  

Register by Sept. 1. The class is free.

Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 10:39 a.m. and Thursday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Alternative Hardy Spring Flowering Bulbs

Many of us have tulips and daffodils in our spring gardens, but did you know there are many other bulbs out there that can give you a great show?  

We will look at alternatives to the “boring” mainstays and will include ways to naturalize large areas of your lawn or garden cheaply as well.  

Participants will receive several bulb species to try at home. There is a supply charge. Limit 40. Register by Sept. 1.

Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday, Oct.16 at 6 p.m.
Trees for Food and Wildlife Habitat

Whether you like to hunt, just watch wildlife or just want easy-to-grow trees that have a multipurpose, this class is for you. Here we will explore the best trees that will feed you and our furry friends and form the basis of a healthy wildlife habitat sustainably. No more feeding purchased corn and other grains.

The class is free. Register by Oct. 1.

Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Healthy Hollies for Kentucky Landscapes

The holly isn’t just an evergreen tree with red berries. This rather large family of trees and shrubs may surprise you when you find out what all they have to offer.  

There are holly varieties out there for just about all situations with unique qualities making this a truly praiseworthy group. In this session, we will explore the best varieties for

Kentucky, their cultural requirements and how to use the holiday bonus some varieties give us each year.  

The class is free. Register by Nov. 1.

Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Creating The Ultimate Holiday Centerpieces

This will be a hands-on class. Everyone will create his or her very own holiday display to show off for the holidays. All supplies will be on hand for your creative enjoyment.

There is a supply charge. Register by Nov. 1. Limit 40 (20 per session).

There is a registration fee (includes a free T-shirt) to attend any of these classes, with some having supply charges for the various plants that you will take home.  

For a registration form, call the Washington County Extension Office at 859-336-7741.