• By Faye Kuosman, Extension Agent

Horticulture

‘Think Spring’ annual gardening workshop On Saturday, March 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Extension Office will have their annual “Think Spring” gardening workshop presented by the Woodford County Master Gardeners. There will be four educational sessions to choose from and a keynote speaker. Morning refreshments, lunch and all educational materials are included in the workshop fee of $10. The sessions include Monarch Waystations, GMOs – What You Need to Know, Bugs: Good vs. Bad, Garden Photography, Pruning Shrubs: How and When, and The Beginner Garden: step by step lessons on how to get started. Call 859-873-4601 now to reserve your spot for this exciting workshop (payment is required to reserve your spot).

Seed starting

When you grow your own seedlings, your transplants can be ready for the garden as soon as the danger of spring frost has passed, giving you a head start on the gardening season. You can start enjoying flowers and harvesting vegetables four to six weeks earlier than if you had waited for the ground to warm up enough for you to sow the seeds outside.

Starting your own plants from seed also allows you to choose from the much broader array of varieties offered by seed catalogs; commercial transplant sellers typically offer only a very limited number of different varieties for sale.

Using transplants instead of direct-seeding is especially important for plants that take a long time to mature or are sensitive to frost, such as tomatoes and peppers. To learn more, call, stop by our office, or join us on March 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Midway Library for a class on seed starting basics. You can also pick up a copy of our “Vegetable Gardening in KY” publication, which includes seed starting dates and much more.

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