Spring isn't officially here yet - but with all of the sunshine lately, it definitely feels like springtime! And that sunny weather makes me super motivated to get our outdoor space in order - all cleaned up, new bulbs planted, and get seeds started indoors. My garden is definitely still a work in progress - but I'm incredibly lucky to have my mother to help guide me, and she's an amazing garden whiz. One big thing that she's taught me is that you always have more to learn! Which is why I'm pretty excited to attend a few of the Master Garddner courses coming up this month in the 24th Annual Yakima County Master Gardener Spring Gardening Workshop Series. Keep reading to learn more:
All courses are on Wednesdays at Davis High School. Classes on March 6 and 13 are at the Davis Kiva, and classes on March 20 and 27 are in the Davis auditorium. Check-in each week is at 6:30, and seminars start promptly at 7 pm. You can register early, since some courses fill up quickly. Cost is $10 per class, or get a great deal by getting all four classes for only $30.
- March 6: "Herbs: Not just for cooking anymore." This course is taught by Carol Barany, Master Gardener and regular contributor to Yakima Magazine. You'll learn the basics of growing your own fresh herbs, as well as more advanced tips for using herbs in crafts, landscaping, and more.
- March 13: "Tough Turf Options." This course is taught by Kathy Hutton, from Plants of the Wild. She'll teach suggestions for alternatives to traditional grass lawns - which can save water, and are a great way to utilize native plants to reduce maintenance.
- March 20: "Year-Round Harvest." Master Gardener Phyllis Pugnetti will teach you how to harvest vegetables year-round, even in the colder winters we see here in Yakima. She'll teach skills like building cold frames to extend the growing season, sequential planting, the best choices to plant, raised beds, and more.
- March 27: "Succulent Soiree." This is the course that I'm most excited about. I absolutely love succulents - and I'm excited to learn new ways to grow them, like vertical planters, and unique garden art.
To learn more about the Master Gardener workshops, you can call 509-574-1600 with questions, or to get more information. The theme for all of the workshops this year is "Let's Dig In!" So if you're ready to spruce up your outdoor space, and want to learn some new skills, make sure to check out these amazing courses put on by some seriously talented local gardeners.
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