Cooperative Extension plans several classes this year to help ‘Master Your Garden’

Cooperative Extension plans several classes this year to help ‘Master Your Garden’

Posted 9 January 2023 at 8:43 am

Furnished photographs: Grasp Gardener Mark Tucker has in depth vegetable gardening expertise and will be supplying his Master Your Backyard garden class on Tomatoes on June 3.

Push Release, Grasp Gardeners of Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension

KNOWLESVILLE – The Grasp Gardeners of Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension have finalized the lineup for their once-a-year academic sequence, “Master Your Garden”.

The lessons are all taught by Learn Gardener volunteers or nearby pros. Each and every course focuses on a diverse topic relevant to gardening. Topics selection from critical ideas in sustainability  (‘Less is Much more Lawn Care’ and ‘Functional Hedgerows’), to gardening for foodstuff (‘Edible Landscaping’ and ‘Tomatoes’) and flowers (‘Summer Bulbs’ and ‘Language of Flowers’).

Jena Buckwell, a extended-time volunteer with the Learn Gardener program, will be training the 1st two lessons in the collection –  ‘Wonderful Weeds’ on Feb. 4 and ‘Functional Hedgerows’ on March 4. Each classes will aim on techniques to glimpse at prevalent landscape aspects by means of a various lens, to see gains and means that are often forgotten.

“I chose these subjects for the reason that I imagine that increasing our sights on where and how we give for our personal needs is crucial,” Buckwell stated. “Growing plants for our own rapid requirements – no matter if it is to feed ourselves, mature our possess heat, or provide developing and craft components – doesn’t have to have to be mutually exceptional from our targets of furnishing habitat for wildlife, shielding drinking water and air excellent, or from possessing anything wonderful to glance at. It can materialize in the exact same room if we consider detect of the methods right beneath our noses and get a little bit inventive with how we interact with the landscapes that we are portion of.”

Jena Buckwell is 1 of the most repeated speakers in the Grasp Your Backyard collection, providing imagined-provoking and extensive lessons to the community.

The ‘Wonderful Weeds’ course will check out ways to change the normally unrealistic goal of full elimination of weeds to being familiar with a bit a lot more of what sure weeds may convey to us about the developing ailments and soil wellness, as perfectly as embracing the favourable facets of weeds these kinds of as pollinator food items and shelter, human meals, erosion management, etc.

In the ‘Functional Hedgerows’ class, Buckwell will emphasize strategies and suggestions of how to handle present hedgerows or employ new ones that present advantages to humans, wildlife, and the ecosystem as a entire.

That exact idea of incorporating plants with many benefits into present landscapes or deliberate gardens is echoed by Grasp Gardener Kristina Gabalski who is major the Edible Landscapes class with fellow Grasp Gardener Volunteer Lydia Fernandez on October 7th.

“I just consider it’s so appealing that vegetation serve so lots of diverse functions.” Gabalski reported. “You can have a incredibly visually satisfying landscape but also experience a harvest from the exact same room. Fruits, greens, bouquets, seeds, wild edibles – there are just so several amounts of worth that plants can give to us.”

In addition to the practical positive aspects of vegetation, lots of gardeners enjoy the pleasure and aesthetic price of a stunning flower backyard. In the ‘Language of Flowers’ course on Aug. 5, Learn Gardener Brenda Radzinski will touch on the history of how men and women in the Victorian Times would assign meanings or sentiments to certain flowers or herbs and then arrange bouquets or nosegays that would convey a hidden message to the receiver. Participants will be in a position to make their possess bouquet to get home.

Sue Starkweather Miller displays how to dig up Dahlia tubers in the 2022 Learn Your Backyard class on the well-liked flower.

Participants who attended the ‘Dahlia’ course in in the 2022 MYG class series can additional their know-how in the ‘Summer Bulbs’ course on April 1. Learn Gardener Sue Starkweather Miller will be teaching participants how to get a head start off on non-hardy yard favorites like Dahlias, Caladium and Canna Lilies.

“I am a major lover of dahlias, which can consider 100-as well as times to begin blooming. I like to start out them early since we have a shorter increasing season for summer time blooming bulbs and tubers,” said Starkweather Miller. “I enjoy this process and imagined a course on how to leap begin vegetation indoors may possibly be valuable and appealing to home gardeners.”

Normally well-known presenter Michael Klepp will also be foremost two courses this year – ‘Mason Bees’ on July 1 and ‘Plan, Get ready, Plant and Prosper with Trees and Shrubs’ on Sept. 2, and community business operator Kathleen Contrino of CW Native Plant Farm in Akron will be educating all about native vegetation and planting seeds at the end of the growing year in her Wintertime Sowing class on November 4th.

“I’m so excited about this year’s course lineup, “ reported MG Volunteer coordinator Katie Oakes, “There’s some thing of desire for each and every variety of gardener. Our volunteers are so professional and they each and every have their very own passions and niche ordeals that they want to share with the public.”

For a complete record of the courses with descriptions, stop by  All lessons are held the 1st Saturday of the thirty day period, February by November, at 10am at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds, 12690 State Rt 31 in Albion, NY.  Optional $5 donation per class. For extra facts or to register for any class, please connect with 585-798-4265 or electronic mail Katie Oakes at [email protected].

The Language of Flowers class has been common in the previous, with participants choosing flowers and herbs primarily based on their Victorian indicating to acquire a bouquet with a hidden information.