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Ag Calendar - April 9

April 09, 2013

Native Plants Program

On Saturday, April 20, at 1 p.m, the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association is sponsoring a “Native Plants” program at Spring Haven Nurseries in Newburg, Pa.  Spring Haven Nurseries specializes in native woodland plants and shade perennials grown either in propagation beds or in the gardens there. Annette McCoy, Penn State Extension consumer horticulture educator, will lead a tour and present information about “Spring Ephemerals” and other early spring blooming plants. The meeting is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. Participants should plan to bring lawnchairs.  Spring Haven Nurseries is at 1362 Mountain Road in Newburg.  For more information, go to http://springhavennatives.com/.  The association is an organization of private forestland owners and others interested in forestry issues in south central Pennsylvania. For more information, call Fred Peabody at 717-776-3565 or send an email to fredp5@earthlink.net.

Bugs and Pollinators — Two workshops

Gardening for Pollinators, Saturday, April 13, from 9 to 11 a.m.  Do you like chocolate, blueberries, apples, or almonds? Without pollinators, these and many other foods would not exist. Butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators in the area need your help.

Master Gardener Laurie Collins will guide participants through identifying pollinators in the area, why they are in decline and what individuals can do to help. She will discuss easy basic design principles, plant selections and gardening practices for creating a successful pollinator garden.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Thursday, April 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. You can’t tell the players without a scorecard. Only about 2 to 3 percent of the bugs are considered pests in the home vegetable garden and landscape, and some of the ugliest are allies in the battle against them.

Master Gardener Ray Eckhart will show ways to identify the good bugs from the bad bugs and things to do to attract and keep the good bugs around. The registration fee costs $10 per class or $15 for both classes.

Victory Garden

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Mondays, April 22 to Sept. 16, 9 to 11 a.m. A season-long weekly vegetable garden-growing experience. Master Gardeners of Franklin County, led by Darl Hospelhorn and Linda Horst, will teach everything you need to know to grow great vegetables, beginning with spring garden preparation and ending with the final fall harvest. Each Monday begins with a short class related to what is happening in the garden at that time. Participants will work in the garden and be rewarded with a share of the harvest. The class meets at the barn across the street from the Extension office, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa. The fee for the season costs $40. Wear garden clothes and bring gloves. The staff will provide garden tools. For more information, call 717-263-9226.

Thrillers, Fillers, and Spillers

Saturday April 27, 9 to 11 a.m., Master Gardener Clubhouse at the Horticulture Center Gardens, Franklin County, Pa., Extension office, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa. Join Master Gardeners Linda Horst and Sally Dallago for this hands-on, make-and-take workshop on growing plants in containers. Cost for the workshop is $25, which includes plant material, potting soil and a container to bring home your arrangement.

Stop and Smell the Roses - Two workshops

Roses 102: Summer Survival: Getting Your Roses to Thrive in the Dog Days of Summer, Saturday, May 11, 9 to 11 a.m. Learn how to provide adequate nourishment for roses, ward off pests and propagate roses through cuttings the easy way. Bring pruners and gloves for this hands-on workshop;

Roses 103: Grow to Show: Preparing your blooms to be winners at the County Fairs, Saturday, June 15, 9 to 11 a.m. After all of the work you’ve put into growing beautiful roses, you should share them with others. The workshop will teach how to groom your own blooms and take them to exhibit at the Franklin County (Pa.) Fair. The classes cost $10.

All classes are held at the Redington residence, 347 Leedy Way East, Chambersburg Pa. To register or for more information, call 717-263-9226.

For more information...

• For more information about 4-H events, go to 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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