Horticulture News: Improve your gardening skills in 2013

By Kim Cowherd, Published:

The time is here to make our New Year’s Resolutions for 2013!

Seasoned gardeners and those who would like to learn more about plants and how to take care of them can make a list of things they would like to do to improve their skills and knowledge. Franklin County Extension can help with this list in 2013.

Here are some great opportunities to consider as you think about your resolutions and mark dates on your 2013 calendar. You can even go on and sign up for any of these classes or get more information by contacting the Franklin County Extension Office, 101 Lakeview Ct., 695-9035 or by email DL_CES_Franklin@Email.UKY.EDU.

Basic Landscape Design, Jan. 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: In this class you will learn the basics of designing your home landscape. There is an art and science to placing plants in the best place in your garden and this class can help you learn these techniques.

Lawn Time, Feb. 12: 5:30-7:30 p.m.: In this class you can learn how to green up your lawn after a long winter. This very popular class will cover renovation, new lawns, weeds and more.

Winter School, Thursday evenings in February, 6:30-8:30: This series of classes has something for the homeowner, Master Gardener, farm owner, nature lover and anyone who wants to learn more about agriculture, natural resources and horticulture.

University of Kentucky Specialists and others with extensive knowledge in the various topics teach concurrent sessions. Watch this column and Keenan Bishop’s agriculture column for more on this in the coming weeks.

Tuesday, March 19, 5:30-7:30: The topic is growing strawberries in the home garden. Many people are growing this delicious fruit in pots and home plots and this class can help you produce the most luscious berries. There will be a $5 fee for this class.

April 16, 5:30-7:30: Composting is something that more of us need to do in the coming year to divert our waste that goes to the landfill. It is easy to do at home, even if you only have a small space. You will learn about vermicomposting, collecting food waste, how to build your own bin, and much more. The class will be held at the Extension Office.

Green event: Also on the calendar will be classes on how to do “green” event planning and “green” parties; vegetable gardening; trees and much more. Watch this column, or sign up for the Horticulture Hotline Newsletter where you can get detailed class information. You can also check out our website, http://franklin.ca.uky.edu/, or our Facebook page.

Master Gardener class: A new Extension Master Gardener class will be forming in the fall of 2013. Many of you have this on your “to do” list and this is the year to get this done. This special class covers all facets of horticulture from soils, to disease, to pesticides to all kinds of plants. Master Gardener candidates learn how to be volunteers in the area of horticulture and Extension and make many new friends who share their love of plants and nature. Contact the Extension Office for an application form and for information.

So as you make your list of New Year’s Resolutions, be sure to add Franklin County Extension to your list. There are many classes and so much information that is yours for the taking. Classes are open to all people in the community and there is something for all ages and all interests. Call the Extension Office to sign up for the classes listed here and other topical classes, sign up for newsletters and just to find out more about us.

I hope you and your family and friends have a wonderful New Year and I hope to see YOU at the Franklin County Extension Office in 2013!

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