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2014 Spring BCGA Home Hort series

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The Bonner County Gardeners Association has released the schedule for the spring Home Hort series of classes. This spring they will present eight classes by local experts guaranteed to improve your understanding of gardening in the Inland Northwest.

March 19 Starting Plants (or Plant Parenthood) by Laurie Brown

Starting plants from seeds or cuttings, divisions or layering; includes hard to start plants like perennials, shrubs and trees.

March 26 Get to Know Your Soil by Grey Henderson

Determining your soil type; how soil type impacts plant growth; soil testing and interpreting results.

April 2 Insects in the Garden by Bob Wilson

Identifying insects- good, bad and inconsequential- and managing the bad ones.

April 9 Spring Extenders by Bonnie Pick

Old and new ideas on getting a jump on spring; cold frames, greenhouses, winter sowing, and starting seeds inside; alternatives to spending a lot of money purchasing seedlings.

April 16 Cold Climate Composting by Ann Warwick and Janea Dale

Producing valuable garden amendments by composting home & garden waste. Step by step instructions on creating and maintaining bins & piles including worm composting.

April 30 Growing Tomatoes in Bonner County by Mikey Haven

When to start seed and transplant; pruning, watering & harvest. The importance of soil temperature; covering plants; recommended varieties. Students will receive one heirloom and one hybrid tomato start to take home.

May 7 Cooking with Spring Greens by Vicky Johnson

There are many ways to prepare your spring harvest: fresh, grilled, juiced, in soups or breads, or stir fried. All recipes will be tasted in class.

May 14 The Simple Herb Garden by Kit Cooley

Easy ways to grow, harvest and preserve herbs for medicinal and culinary use; some herbs that do well in the Inland Northwest and some of the most popular herbs.

All classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6 pm to 8 pm; check-in starts at 5:30 pm. They will be at the Ponderay Event Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way, Suite E, Ponderay ID 83852.

Classes are $10 each per person. You can pay in cash or by check at the classroom, or send a check to the Bonner County Gardeners Association at the above address. You can also pay with Paypal using the address bcgardeners@gmail.com; when you preregister by mail or Paypal please indicate which classes you are signing up for. No credits, refunds or transfers can be provided. Fees cover the space rental and handouts and support the non-profit activities of the BCGA. For more information call 208-265-2070 or email to bcgardeners@gmail.com . Please, no children under 12.

Also, be sure to visit the website at www.bcgardeners.org and the Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/bcgardeners!

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