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Ag Calendar - April 23

April 23, 2013

Grazing and Pasture Management — The class will meet Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 30, May 28, June 4, June 11 and June 25. University of Maryland Extension has developed a five-session course for grazing and pasture management. The course is geared not only to the full-time livestock producer, but to the small part-time and backyard farmer as well. Participants will receive two texts: “Weeds of the Northeast,” and “Southern Forages,” as well as an informational workbook for enrolling in the course. Class sessions will be a combination of classroom and hands-on learning. The course costs $25 per person. Make checks payable to Washington County EAC. To register call: 301-791-1304 by April 26.
 

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly — Thursday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m — Master Gardener Ray Eckhart will show ways to identify the good bugs from the bad bugs and things gardeners can do to attract and keep the good bugs around. Registration fee is $10 per class or $15 for both classes.

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Victory Garden — Mondays through 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 gardeners need to know to grow 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.
 

Tomatoes in the Home Garden — Thursday, May 2, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Master Gardener Ray Eckhart will share his enthusiasm and growing tips for his favorite Big Berry. Heirloom? Hybrid? Determinate?  Indeterminate? What does it all mean? Come learn all about them and why Guy Clarke, John Denver, and others can boast, “Only two things that money can’t buy — That’s true love and home grown tomaters.”
 

Master Gardener Spring Bus Trip  — Saturday, May 4, to the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. This year’s bus trip will be hosted by Master Gardener Elmer Greey, who was a volunteer with the National Arboretum for more than 15 years. The Arboretum will have its Bonsai Festival happening on that date.  It is also the time of year when the Azaleas and Rhododendrons are normally in full bloom. Cost for the trip is $50 per person which includes bus fare and a catered lunch, which has a vegetarian option. There are limited spaces available. Bus leaves at 7 a.m. from the Penn State Extension Office and return at about 5:30 p.m.  To learn more about the National Arboretum, go to www.usna.usda.gov/

Thrillers, Fillers, and Spillers — Saturday, 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  — 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.

Roses 103: Grow to Show: Preparing your blooms to be winners at the county fairs — Saturday, June 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. Gardeners will be taught how to groom their blooms and take them to exhibit at the Franklin County Fair. The classes cost $10 each. All classes are held at the Redington Residence, 347 Leedy Way East Chambersburg, Pa.

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