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Ag Calendar - March 27

March 27, 2012

March 27 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 ksechler@umd.edu.

Growing Vegetables Series — 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 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.

Native Plants Program — Saturday, April 14 — at Spring Haven Nurseries in Newburg, Pa., sponsored by the Cumberland Woodland Owners' Association. Spring Haven Nurseries is at 1362 Mountain Road in Newburg. There is no charge for the event. For more information, go to http://springhavennatives.com/

Growing Vegetables Series — Tuesday, April 17 — Warm Season vegetables; Thursday, April 26 — Container Vegetables; Thursday, May 10 — Grow the Best Tomatoes. All classes take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and cost $10 each. To register, call 717-263-9226.

Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens — Saturday, April 28 — 9 to 11 a.m. Rainwater runoff from  the roof, driveways, and other surfaces can be captured and recycled to beautify landscapes, reduce water bills, and keep streams and waterways cool and clean.  Master gardeners will teach two methods to harvest rainwater through the use of rain barrels and rain gardens. The class costs $10. To register, call  717-263-9226.

• For more information about 4-H events, go to http://washington.umd.edu.

• 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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