University of Illinois Extension master gardeners and master naturalists have been busy putting together several gardening programs to help shake away the winter blues and start thinking of spring.
“Starting Your Garden Seeds” will be at 3:30 p.m. March 19 at the Stockton Library, 140 W. Benton St. Youth will be taught how to start seeds at home that can later be planted into the garden.
“From Seed to Success: Growing Cut Flowers at Home” will be at 6 p.m. March 27 at the Jo Daviess County Extension office, 204 N Vine St., Elizabeth. Drew Groezinger, 4-H alum and owner of Clara Joyce Flowers in Stockton, will cover the basics of successful seed germination, transplanting tips, as well as growing and harvesting pointers.
“Backyard Composting” will be at 6:30 p.m. April 3 at Jo Daviess County Extension office. Master gardener Don Klinger will provide an overview of composting for the small gardener. Topics that will be covered include basic equipment, techniques, along with dos and do-nots, and vermicomposting.
“Improving Soil Health” will be at 6:30 p.m. April 10 at the Jo Daviess County Extension office. Master gardener Art Scheele will share the how, what, and when to fertilize, what is proper tillage, and common practices that are detrimental/beneficial to soil life.
For more information, call 815-858-2273 or visit go.illinois.edu/jsw.