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Master Gardener Advanced Training Seminar Scheduled For February 25
by Ann Delchambre

It’s time once again for the annual Putnam County Master Gardeners Advance Training Seminar, which will be held February 25. Come and increase your gardening knowledge, shop vendors, meet fellow gardeners, win door prizes, and enjoy breakfast and lunch (included in registration fee. The seminar is open to the public, so you don’t have to be a master gardener. The knowledge gained will be a benefit whether you are an inexperienced or experienced gardener. Register before February 13 to avoid the increased fee.

Linda Lumsdon is the seminar chair for this presentation of the Putnam County Master Gardeners Association. She has worked very hard to find interesting speakers and topics this year. Topics to be covered and presenters are as follows: GROWING AND CARING FOR BERRY BUSHES - Emma Alkire, BUGS AND INSECTS; PESTS OR BENEFICIAL - John Thieme, HERBSGROWING, DRYING, USES - Constance Ferry, MUSHROOMS, MOLDS, AND MYCOTOXINS - Tom Creswell, and HYDROPONICS - Jeff Lancaster. Call the extension Office 765-653-8411 for more info.

Congratulations to the Fall Master Gardener Class!

This year’s Master Gardener Class has come to a close. Our Master Gardeners are all very excited to have made it through the class. The class was a twelve-week class where the participants learned about soils, plant science, weeds, plant diseases, insects, vegetable gardening, trees, flower gardening, home lawns, animal pests, pesticide safety, composting, and many other gardening subjects. All that is left for the participants to become full-fledged Master Gardeners is for them to complete 35 volunteer hours. We truly believe that to become a Master Gardener is to “help others grow.” These volunteer hours are designed to give the new Master Gardeners an opportunity to help educate and beautify the community in which they live. There are many oppor- tunities to help others grow. Some of these opportunities are: staffing informational booths at gardening events, teaching public education classes, speaking to local clubs and organizations, and hands-on demonstrations.

Congratulations to this year’s Master Gardener class: Meredith and Randall Bee, Kristi Nelson, Karen Hunter, Ruth Timm, James Knot, Brandy Hourihan, Carmen and Todd Branson, Aubrey, Laura and Charlie Campbell, Patty and William King and Tammie Earnest. Not only did this class learn more about gardening, they also formed new friendships. I am very proud of this year’s class for their commitment to gardening, and for hanging in there for the whole 12 weeks. I would like to thank all of our wonderful speakers for giving us some of their precious time to teach the classes. I would like to especially thank the Master Gardener Association for their efforts to encourage the class to get involved and the many opportunities that they have made available to the class. If you have question or comment please contact Ann Delchambre at 765- 653-8411, Facebook Putnam County Agriculture, Twitter AgAgent.

Extension Calendar of

Upcoming Events:

February 7 – Master Grain Marketer – 7-9 Clay County Fairgrounds

February 8 – Walking Wednesday 8-10 a.m.

February 18 – Bi-state 4-H Judges and Leaders Clinic, Ivy Tech, Terre Haute

February 22 – Winter Cover Cropping system meeting McCormicks Creek

February 25 – Putnam County Master Gardener Advanced Training 8-4 Putnam Fairgrounds

March 3 – 4-H Beef Weigh-in and Tagging

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