Ag calendar

March 20, 2012

March 20 to May 24 — Master Gardener training program; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Admittance into the program is based on completion of the application, a background check and an interview. Applications are available by contacting Karen Sechler at the University of Maryland Extension at 301-791-1604 or by email at

Saturday, March 24 — Backyard Fruit Series, 9 to 11 a.m., 181 Franklin Farm Lane.  The fee is $10 per class or $25 for the series. March 24  — Small fruit (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.); To register, call the Extension office at 717-263-9226.

Growing Vegetables Series — Tuesday, March 20 — Early Vegetables and Starting a Garden; Tuesday, April 17 — Warm Season vegetables;  Thursday, April 26 — Container Vegetables; Thursday, May 10 — Grow the Best Tomatoes, 181 Franklin Farm Lane. All classes take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and cost $10 each, or $30 if registering for all four classes. To register, call 717-263-9226.

Turf workshop — Thursday, March 29, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Last summer’s weather extremes (very wet, then very dry, then very wet again) might have had an impact on area lawns. Master gardener Bob Hyatt teaches the best way to have a healthy lawn regardless of what Mother Nature throws your way. The class costs $10.  To register, call 717-263-9226.

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To reach the Washington County Extension office, drive about seven miles south of Hagerstown from the I-70 exit onto Sharpsburg Pike.

The office is in the Washington County Agricultural Education Center complex.

The Franklin County, Pa., Extension office is at 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg.

From Hagerstown, take Interstate 81 north to the U.S. 30 east exit. Take the first road to the left, which is Franklin Farm Lane.

The Jefferson County, W.Va., Extension office is in Suite 3 at 1948 Wiltshire Road, Kearneysville, W.Va. Call 304-728-7413.

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