Horticulture News: Winter School classes begin Thursday night

By Kim Cowherd, Published:

The Franklin County Winter School begins 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday night at the Extension Office, 101 Lakeview Ct. This long running series of educational sessions is geared to farmers, gardeners, homeowners, Master Gardeners and anyone with an interest in the topics of the various nights.

All classes are free (with the exception of Beef Quality Assurance certification on the 14th) and require no pre-registration. You can choose from two different sessions each night. We also have a snack break that is sponsored by Farmers Bank of Frankfort and Farm Credit Services of Shelbyville where participants can network with other attendees and the various speakers of the night.

If you would like a copy of the 2013 Winter School Schedule, which runs every Thursday, Feb. 7-March 7, contact the Extension office, 695-9035, visit http://franklin.ca.uky.edu/ or find us on Facebook.

This is the first week of Winter School and we will start with two great topics and outstanding speakers.

Planting fruit trees: One session is with Dr. John Strang, University of Kentucky Extension Fruit and Vegetable Specialist. Strang will discuss planting fruit trees and small fruit. Whether you have or are planning a large acreage orchard or large berry crop, or just want a couple of small fruit trees or fruiting shrubs in your home landscape, this is the class for you.

Fruit trees and shrubs are long-term investments and getting off to the right start is critical. It is important to locate fruit producing plants in the best location and consider drainage, proper soils, sunlight and other location issues. Selecting the right variety, choosing healthy plants, planting correctly, pruning, fertilization and maintenance are all key to getting a good harvest.

Kentucky wine: The other session is on the topic of Kentucky wine. Did you know that Kentucky was home to the first commercial vineyard in the United States and once producer of more than half the nation’s grape and wine output? Kentucky is now reclaiming its proud heritage and rebuilding a wine industry ready to take its place among the world’s best.

Dr. Tom Cottrell, UK Extension Specialist in Enology, will be our speaker on the topic of the Kentucky wine industry and wine. If you make your own wine, drink wine, grow grapes and want to consider getting into wine production, or are just interested in the state of the Kentucky wine industry, then this will be a particularly interesting class.

I hope to see YOU this Thursday.

For additional information, printed materials or more information on horticultural or agricultural topics, contact the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Service at 695-9035 or email DL_CES_FRANKLIN@EMAIL.UKY.EDU.

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