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Introduction to Gardening Series

Plant Selection
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Wayne County Extension Office

Join us for the second workshop in the Introduction to Gardening series, Plant Selection.

Session 2: Plant Selection

Date: Tuesday, March 12

Description: Learn about crop rotation, disease prevention, and which crops to plant-based on the time of year and location.

Dig in with confidence this spring with this Introduction to Gardening workshop series. Whether you are a beginning gardener or have years of experience, you will have the opportunity to learn how to build your successful garden with research-based methods that promote healthy, productive plants.  To get the most out of your garden, University of Illinois Extension Educator Katie Bell will give you steps to plan and tend your garden.  This will include workshops on site selection and preparation, plant selection, planting 101, soil science, plant nutrition, harvesting and plant storage, and pest and disease identification. 

All workshops in this series will be held at the Wayne County Extension office, 2B Frontier Drive in Fairfield starting at 5:30 PM.  Participants do not have to attend all workshops in the series, but are encouraged to choose the workshops that are of most interest to them.  All workshop sessions are free to attend.

Other workshops in this series:

Session 1: Site Selection and Preparation

Date: Monday, March 4

Description: Learn how to select a planting area based on light duration and intensity, drainage and slope, utility considerations, and soil type. Learn which tools and methods are needed to prepare the seedbed for planting.

Session 2: Plant Selection

Date: Tuesday, March 12

Description: Learn about crop rotation, disease prevention, and which crops to plant-based on the time of year and location

Session 3: Planting 101

Date: Monday, March 18

Description: Learn where to plant, when to plant, how to plant common species like tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, greens, and corn. We will also discuss the basics of seed starting

Session 4: Soils

Date: Monday, April 1

Description: Learn the basics of soil science with topics such as soil physical properties, and some basic soil chemistry. We will also talk about soil fertility, improvement, and best practices for soil health

Session 5: Plant Nutrition

Date: Tuesday April 16

Description: Explore macro and micronutrients that plants require, how plants interact with the soil ecosystem, different types of fertilizers and recommendations, basic fertilizer calculations, and plant-microbe interactions

Session 6: Harvesting and Plant Storage

Date: Monday, April 29

Description: Learn the basics of harvesting and storing common crops such as tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes

Session 7: Pest and Disease Identification

Date: Monday, May 6

Description: Learn how to identify and control common garden pests, when to expect them, and techniques to reduce damage – plant diseases can be overwhelming and difficult to identify. We will discuss common diseases, how to control them, and when to expect them in the growing season

This program series is open to the public and you do not have to register to attend every session.  To register for one or all of the classes offered in this series call the University of Illinois Extension at 618-842-3702 or register online by clicking the "Register Here" link button.   There is no charge to attend but registration is required.      

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